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Public Purpose Leases and Conveyances

Public lands can be made available under federal statutes to meet community needs for public purposes such as schools, parks, community centers, recreation facilities, administration buildings, wareyards, correctional facilities, fairgrounds, historic monuments, etc. Uses must be designed to provide services or facilities for the benefit of the public in connection with, but not limited to public health, safety, or welfare. Authorizations are made under the Recreation and Public Purposes (R&PP) Act (43 U.S.C. 869 et seq.) and rules under Parts 2740 and 2912 of Title 43 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Uses primarily to support habitation, cultivation, trade, or manufacturing are not allowed under the Act. Qualified applicants include states, state instrumentalities and political subdivisions including counties and municipalities, and nonprofit associations which are authorized to acquire land.


R&PP Act Publication

R&PP Application


The Canyons Ballfield Complex


Because 76 percent of the lands within Washington County are managed by the federal government, communities in the area are essentially land-locked and frequently struggle to find non-federal property suitable for development of key infrastructure and amenities needed for a variety of municipal and public purposes. The ability of local towns and cities and state or county government organizations to acquire federal property at discount for such purposes under the R&PP Act gives a much needed boost for providing essential community purposes including those which sustain the high quality of life customary to this area.
 
Typically, qualified applicants will receive a lease from BLM to construct or develop planned facilities in accordance with an approved plan of development. Upon completion of the development, the lessee may apply for a patent which gives full title to the leaseholder subject to reversion of title to the United States if the lands are used for purposes not allowed under the Act, including sale or exchange to non-qualified parties. The following table lists the leases and patents issued for public purposes throughout Washington County.
 
R&PP Leases and Conveyances in Washington County, Utah*

Lease/Patent Holder
Purpose
Acres
Authorization
Hildale City
Community Park
70
Lease
Hurricane City
Sand Hollow Golf Course
303
Lease
Hurricane City
Sky Mountain Golf Course
28
Lease
Ivins City
Cemetery and City Wareyard
40
Patent
LDS Church
Snow Canyon Seminaries
1+
Patent
New Harmony Town
Community Park & Trails
40
Lease
NW Spec. Service Dist.
Brookside Fire Station
1+
Patent
Santa Clara City
City Park and Arboretum
40
Patent
Springdale City
Cemetery and City Wareyard
81
Patent
Springdale City
Town Hall, Community Center, City Park, Water Systems, Outdoor Amphitheater
160
Patent
St. George City
Sand Hollow Aquatic Center
110
Patent
St. George CityCottonwood Cove Park

3

Patent

St. George City
Park & River Trail Segment
2
Patent
St. George City
Red Hills Golf Course & Park
647
Patent
St. George City
Pioneer Park
361
Patent
St. George City
Water Treatment Plant
28
Patent
State of Utah
Youth Detention Center
11
Patent
Utah State Parks
Gunlock State Park
549
Patent
Utah State Parks
Snow Canyon State Park
296
Patent
Virgin Town
BMX Track
10
Lease
Wash. Co. School Dist.
Bloomington Hills School, Ware House, Preschool, and Bus Yard
47
Patent
Wash. Co. School Dist.
Horizon Elementary School
15
Patent
Wash. Co. School Dist.
Snow Canyon High School, Middle School, and Preschool
186
Patent
Wash. Co. School Dist.
Coral Cliffs School & The Canyons Ballfield Complex (St. George)
80
Patent
Wash. Co. School Dist.
Washington City Elementary
10
Patent
Wash. Co. Water Conservancy Dist.
Quail Creek Recreation Area
825
Lease
Washington City
Public Works Wareyard
16
Patent
Washington City
Green Springs Golf Course
40
Patent
Washington City
Park, Ball Fields, and Community Center
28
Patent
Washington City
Water Treatment Plant
15
Patent
Washington County
Regional Sports Shooting Park
513
Lease
Washington County
Washington City Library
2
Patent
Washington County
Veyo Cemetery & City Park
40
Patent
Washington County
Regional Landfill
500
Patent
Washington County
Correctional Facilities
41
Patent
Washington County
Santa Clara Library
6
Patent
Washington County Interlocal Agency
Regional Park, Fairgrounds, and Municipal Facilities
238
Patent
* Acres are rounded to the nearest whole number.

Prior to issuing a lease or patent under the R&PP Act, BLM must assess the public lands involved in the proposal and determine that they are suitable for such purposes through a land classification. Potential applicants are required to consult with BLM’s St. George Field Office prior to filing an application to determine land availability and establishing their credentials to qualify under the Act. Subsequently, qualified applicants must pay a $100 nonrefundable filing fee and prepare a plan of development and a management plan in addition to demonstrating that they are financially and operationally capable of constructing, maintaining, and operating the approved developments in accordance with applicable federal laws and regulations. Fee structures for annual rent or final purchase price vary depending on the applicant’s qualifications, type of use, and the extent to which the facility is open to public use. Detailed instructions on filing applications and managing properties under the Act may be found in BLM’s Recreation & Public Purposes Act (1996) publication.

Horizon Elementary SchoolCottonwood Cove Park Patented Lands