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.