Park County acquired the historic Cline Ranch in 2010 in partnership with Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) for the development of the Cline Ranch State Wildlife Area. Prior to acquisition, the previous owners placed the land under a conservation easement, which is held by Colorado Open Lands. Of the 1,635 acre property, 10 acres, including the ranch headquarters and surrounding areas, were set aside for use by Park County per an agreement with CPW. In 2015, Park County leased this land to the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) for use as an environmental education center. Park County and CUSP are jointly pursuing the development of a master plan for the ranch headquarters per this lease agreement, to be funded by Park County through the South Park National Heritage Area program.
The Cline Ranch headquarters consists of a main house, cabin, barn, and Quonset that all suffer from decades of neglect. Park County and CUSP wish to preserve and rehabilitate these structures for new uses, including offices and meeting space. The proposed environmental education center requires that all new construction is sympathetic to the historic character of the existing buildings.
Scope of Work
The Historic Preservation Master Plan should include, but is not limited to: