Open Spaces Master Plan

Envisioning the Future of Open Spaces


In early 2020, Arapahoe County Open Spaces began the yearlong process of updating its decade-old master plan, which includes a vision for the future of County open spaces, parks, trails, and heritage areas and offers recommendations to continue providing quality spaces and experiences for residents to enjoy. Community input, along with extensive research and analysis, has played a critical role in the process over the past year. 

CivicPlus_Feb 2021 Draft Plan-01More than 3,200 residents have actively engaged in the planning efforts via surveys, public meetings, interviews, focus groups, and other outreach methods.

Draft Plan Available for Public Comment

The draft plan is now available for public comment and review. Download the Open Spaces Draft Plan (Note that the PDF file is formatted in two-page spreads or "book format".)

Please take a brief survey and share your input on the draft plan. The survey will remain open for 21 days, March 23-April 13. (Note that the survey works best in Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Safari.)

We greatly appreciate your feedback, as this is the final public engagement stage prior to plan approval in summer 2021. 

Draft Master Plan Virtual Town Hall

CivicPlus_Feb 2021 Town Hall-01Missed the Town Hall presentation? Watch a recording of it

Arapahoe County invited the public to attend a virtual Town Hall meeting to discuss the future of the Open Spaces program and solicit feedback on the program’s draft 2021 Master Plan. The virtual Town Hall shared the proposed plan priorities, objectives, and recommendations for the next decade and beyond. The public was invited to ask questions during the Q&A portion of the meeting. 

What's Next

Following the March Town Hall meeting, the project team will make refinements as needed and continue the master plan adoption process, including a Public Hearing in June, with the goal of summer 2021 adoption. 

Stay Connected

Public Engagement Archive 

Your voices have steered the process and have helped shape our direction. Here is an archive of engagement summaries to date. 

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

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.

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.