Posted: Jun 24, 2011 3:29 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert
EAGLE, Colo. (AP) - The Colorado State Parks Board has approved an agreement for the artist Christo to pay $550,000 to state parks to carry out his Over the River project, which would suspend 5.9 miles worth of fabric panels over parts of the Arkansas River.
The agreement is moot if the Bureau of Land Management doesn't approve a federal permit for the project. The BLM hasn't made its decision yet.
Christo's project would use heavy equipment to help erect a system of cables and anchors to hang the fabric along U.S. 50.
The agreement approved by the parks board Friday applies only to lands it manages. It says Christo's team would pay $320,000 to cover State Parks' costs related to Christo carrying out his project, plus $230,000 in recreation impact fees.
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