Open Spaces Master Plan

Envisioning the Future of Open Spaces

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More 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 launched a yearlong project in early 2020 to update its decade-old Master Plan, and your feedback has been 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.

Your Voices Matter

Since Spring 2020, the County in collaboration with Denver-based planning firm Design Workshop has been reaching out and engaging community residents in meaningful ways. Your voices are steering the process and helping us shape our programs and services. Please continue to share your feedback at findyourspace@arapahoegov.com, and check back here for project updates and opportunities to get involved. 

What We've Heard So Far

pic_OS_dive_report_web_thumbnailDIVE Engagement Summary (December 2020):  This document summarizes the results of our most recent phase of public engagement. 

Download our DIVE Engagement Report

One of the engagement tools used was an interactive "storymap" website, still available to view. Additionally, watch a recording of our Public Open House meeting if you missed the event.

Over the summer and fall, we engaged Arapahoe County youth with an adventure workbook and activity guide and a chance to win prizes. While the prize deadline has passed, we always welcome submissions and input at findyourspace@arapahoegov.com

pic_ACOS-MP-Survey-Report_thumbnail Opens in new windowMaster Plan Survey (September 2020): These documents are for people who want to dive deeper into the public survey data and key findings. A summary is presented, along with the full survey results.

Download our Master Plan Survey Summary
Download our Master Plan Survey Appendices


pic_LISTEN_Engagement_survey_thumbnail Opens in new windowLISTEN Engagement Report (September 2020): This document summarizes what we’ve heard to date from our community and County stakeholders through a variety of surveys, interviews and targeted discussions. 

Download our LISTEN Engagement Report.

Stay Connected

  • SIGN UP for project updates and our future Open Spaces newsletter
  • EMAIL findyourspace@arapahoegov.com with comments, questions, concerns
  • SAVE THE DATE: We will hold a virtual Town Hall on Thursday, March 25, 2021, 6:30-7:30 p.m. to present the draft master plan for public input. More information coming soon.  

Associated Master Plans and Studies

To view the current master plan, as well as other Open Spaces plans and associated studies, please visit the Planning Documents page.