Open Spaces Master Plan

Envisioning the Future of Open Spaces

pic_ACOS_MP_Wordmark_colorMore than a decade ago, Arapahoe County voters approved funding to create a new Open Spaces Program to acquire, develop and manage open spaces, regional parks, and trails for the use and enjoyment of citizens for generations to come. Group of friends enjoy the hiking trailNow, the County is seeking public input to craft a vision for the future of the open spaces program.

We’ve heard from citizens how much you value and enjoy these spaces and resources, and how important they are in creating healthy, happy communities. At our core, we are driven to supporting the people of Arapahoe County – and responding to the evolving needs of the diverse communities we serve.

To that end, the County has launched a yearlong project to update its decade-old Master Plan, and your feedback is vital to the process.

Father and son enjoy the bike pathThis work is critical, now more than ever. We’ve seen a 14 percent population growth in the County since 2010 and record use of our parks, trails and open spaces. With that comes growth-related stressors that need to be addressed, along with opportunities for new programs and expansion.

Among the objectives for the updated master plan are prioritizing land acquisitions, expanding the Open Space Program’s reach, generating public support for the renewal in 2023 of the dedicated sales tax, and building the next generation of leaders and environmental stewards.

Let Your Voice Be Heard

In the weeks and months ahead, the County in collaboration with Denver-based planning firm Design Workshop will reach out and engage community residents in meaningful ways. Your voices will steer the process and help us shape our programs and services.

The public’s health and safety are the County’s top priority, so we are crafting innovative ways to collect your input virtually amid the COVID-19 crisis. We are planning on hosting a variety of events across the County later this summer to listen to you and dive deeper into conversations around this process. The events will be designed to engage citizens in the planning process, and solicit your input as we formulate blueprints that fit Arapahoe County’s unique needs and goals. Stay tuned for details and a schedule of specific events. 

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