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Special city council meeting set Thursday to consider land sale for Trails Center expansion

(Courtesy National Historic Trails Center)

CASPER, Wyo. — The City of Casper announced a special council meeting to be held Thursday, March 30 at 1 p.m.

The Bureau of Land Management and the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center recently approached the city with a proposal to buy city-owned land surrounding the Trails Center with an eye toward expanding its acreage and visitor offerings, the city clerk explained in a memo.

The Trails Center and BLM are pursuing a federal grant to realize the expansion, but the center needs the endorsement of the city to apply. The grant application deadline is Friday.

A resolution stating the city’s willingness to discuss the plan and negotiate a sale is the single item on the council’s agenda Thursday.

“The current 10-acre footprint has limited ability to host expanded outdoor use and accommodate the continued growth of visitation to the site,” City Manager Carter Napier wrote in a memo.

The Trails Center hosts 40,000 visitors annually, an increase of 10,000 each year since 2019, the memo said.

Land around the Trails Center that is sought for acquisition from the city. (City of Casper)