Buckley Park has historically been an important greenspace in downtown Durango. The city currently has the park under lease from Durango School District 9R through April 2023. In recognition of 9R's pending sale of the administration building adjacent to Buckley, the city is in negotiations with 9R to purchase the park in order to permanently preserve it. This will eliminate any potential loss of the park to private development.
Separately, the Durango Fire Protection District has offered to buy a 3.298-acre piece of property, outlined above in solid yellow, from the school district. This property contains the 9R administration building and the Durango Big Picture High School.
The fire district's offer to buy the 9-R administration building is a transaction between the school district and the fire district. The city is not a buyer or seller of the 9-R administration building. Any proposed use of the 9R property for a relocated downtown fire station will require a full review by the city including public input. No application has been submitted yet.