City of Flagstaff acquires Picture Canyon

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The city of Flagstaff acquired Picture Canyon. By Jennifer Thomas The city of Flagstaff acquired Picture Canyon. By Jennifer Thomas
Flagstaff City Manager Kevin Burke (dressed as Waldo) successfully bids on Picture Canyon. By Jennifer Thomas Flagstaff City Manager Kevin Burke (dressed as Waldo) successfully bids on Picture Canyon. By Jennifer Thomas

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The city of Flagstaff acquired Picture Canyon at an auction Tuesday morning.

The city bid the minimum amount of $4.778 million and, as the sole bidder, was awarded the purchase of the property at that amount.

The city used funding from the 2004 voter-approved Open Space bond and a 2012 Growing Smarter Grant to purchase the nearly 480 acres of land in northeast Flagstaff.

Picture Canyon is a popular recreation corridor. The area holds ancient petroglyphs and is home to a variety of native plants and wildlife.

The acquisition of Picture Canyon provides a natural place for members of the Flagstaff community to learn about ecology, geology, and archaeology, while participating in outdoor recreation, according to officials.

"This acquisition is a true testament to the vision and tenacity of the group of Flagstaff residents who years ago imagined that Picture Canyon could one day be permanently protected," said City Councilmember Celia Barotz.

"I am thrilled that the City Council has authorized the use of 2004 open space bonds to complete this long-awaited purchase and will make this unique historical, cultural, archeological, recreational and educational resource available for present and future generations to enjoy," she added.