Open Spaces Master Plan

Envisioning the Future of Open Spaces


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 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.

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, and check back here for project updates and opportunities to get involved. 

Youth_Adventure_Workbook_activity_page Opens in new windowAttention Arapahoe County youth! Download our updated Adventure Workbook. Everyone who returns a completed workbook will receive a FREE bike frame bag from Arapahoe County! 

The deadline has been extended to November 6. Questions? Contact

What We've Heard So Far

pic_LISTEN_Engagement_survey_thumbnailLISTEN Engagement Report: 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.

pic_ACOS-MP-Survey-Report_thumbnail Opens in new windowMaster Plan Survey: 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

Coming Up

End of October: We will publish an interactive StoryMap on our website that illustrates the findings of our engagement to date, along with a tool to solicit your feedback. 

November: We will host two virtual public meetings on Nov. 9 and 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m., to offer the public an opportunity to learn more about our findings, ask questions and weigh in on key topics we are seeking additional input around. Topics will include: access and awareness, conservation priorities, trail and recreation improvements/additions, and programming and education. Please check back end of October for a link to the meetings.  

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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.