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Posted on: May 7, 2021

Heritage sheep & wool spinning at 17 Mile House Farm Park

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Arapahoe County Open Spaces presents a heritage sheep and wool spinning educational program. Drop by and learn why we shear sheep and what happens to the fleece and sheep afterwards. Featuring fun, hands-on learning activities for youth, including wool dy...

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Posted on: April 21, 2021

Backyard Chickens and Chicks educational program

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Arapahoe County Open Spaces presents a backyard chicken educational program. Drop by and learn the basics of backyard chicken care, feeding, and coop selection. Featuring fun, hands-on learning activities for youth, including baby chicks!

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: April 20, 2021

Open Spaces delivers real results in 2020

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The 2020 Open Spaces Annual Report is hot off the press, and we’d like to share some exciting news about the impact of the program on local communities. If the last year has taught us anything, it is the immense value of our parks, trails, and open spaces...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: April 13, 2021

Is there a Blue Ribbon in your future?

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Calling all creatives, gardeners, makers, and more! Plan now to exhibit your entries at the 2021 Arapahoe County Fair

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Posted on: March 15, 2021

Join us for Chalk Lines & Vines, our first wine and chalk art festival

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Join us for Chalk Lines & Vines, our first annual outdoor wine and chalk art festival featuring a wine-tasting tour of Colorado’s best wines, chalk muralists, and live entertainment—set against the colorful backdrop of the Front Range and Eastern Plai...

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Posted on: March 14, 2021

Arapahoe County Open Spaces virtual town hall to discuss County’s Master Plan

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Arapahoe County invites the public to attend a virtual town hall on Thursday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the future of the Arapahoe County Open Spaces program. The County has drafted an updated Master Plan, which includes a vision for the future of ...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: March 9, 2021

Let’s get moving and hit the trails!

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Register now for Arapahoe County’s inaugural 5K Trail Run/Walk Series celebrating Open Spaces, fitness and good health, and our thriving local trail system

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Posted on: February 12, 2021

Paving the Way for More Regional Trail Connections

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Improving trail connectivity across the County is a priority at Arapahoe County Open Spaces. We want to make it as seamless and safe as possible for trail users to recreate in a variety of ways within the County.

Harvest Trail—a new (2020) multi-use, off-s...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: January 25, 2021

Open Spaces celebrates partnerships and real results in 2020

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Did you know Arapahoe County’s parks, trails and open spaces are funded by a voter-supported, quarter-cent Open Space Sales and Use Tax? More than 62% of the tax revenues are distributed directly back to local agency partners through our Shareback (50%) a...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: December 30, 2020

Bijou Basin Open Space goes from wind to solar power

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Last week, our Open Spaces natural resources team finished installing two solar-powered pumps at Bijou Basin Open Space, our largest property (2,800+ acres) located in the Eastern plains of Arapahoe County. The solar installation project rejuvenated two w...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: January 8, 2021

DIVE into the Open Spaces Master Plan

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Stay up-to-date on the Open Spaces Master Plan process and learn more about the results from the recent DIVE engagement phase.

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

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: December 1, 2020

Open Spaces recognizes recipients of the 2020 Our Progress Takes Flight Award

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Conservation in perpetuity of more than 700 acres surrounding Buckley Air Force Base

This week, Arapahoe County is recognizing the recipients of the 2020 Our Progress Takes Flight Award, an award presented annually&...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: November 17, 2020

Let's play pickleball! All-new courts in Greenwood Village

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Have you heard of pickleball? It’s a fast-growing, all-ages sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. Last month, we joined the City of Greenwood Village for a celebration of two brand-new pickleball courts at Westlands Park. The c...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: October 31, 2020

You're invited! Virtual open house for Open Spaces master plan

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Arapahoe County Open Spaces is hosting two virtual Public Open House meetings to share potential priorities for its future direction for the next decade and beyond.

Community members are invited to learn more about the master planning process, ask question...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: September 28, 2020

From windmills to bat houses, 17 Mile House Farm Park is great for family explorers!

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17 Mile House Farm Park, located at 8181 S. Parker Road in Centennial, is an incredible place for families to wander and explore. While the 155-year-old historic farmhouse is open by appointment only due to COVID, there’s a ton to see and apprec...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: September 21, 2020

A roundup of regional bike trails in Arapahoe County

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We’ll miss seeing everyone on Bike to Work Day, when Arapahoe County Open Spaces traditionally hosts a breakfast burrito pit stop during the morning commute, but it’s still a great time to grab your bike and hit the trails. In fact, th...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: September 15, 2020

Partnership with Littleton Benefits School and Entire Community

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Back to School looks a bit different these days, but at the beginning of the 2019-20 school year students at Field Elementary in Littleton gathered to celebrate an exciting new addition. Littleton Public Schools (LPS), in partnership with the City of Litt...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: September 9, 2020

Supporting Local Agriculture on the Eastern Plains

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Arapahoe County’s Mule Gulch Open Space, located six miles southwest of Byers on the Eastern Plains of Colorado, is one of the County’s largest -- and newest -- properties. It was acquired in 2017 as part of a large-scale effort around...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: August 21, 2020

A Wish Comes True with Aurora's Inclusive Playground

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A year ago this week, Arapahoe County Open Spaces joined the City of Aurora, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Aurora Rotary Club, and hundreds of community members to celebrate the grand opening of the City’s first inclusive playground at Red-Tailed Hawk...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: August 18, 2020

Pictures on the Plains treats residents to a (safe) night out

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Earlier this month, Arapahoe County residents were treated to a night out under the stars with a pair of movie events that brought more than 300 attendees to the Fairgrounds for Pictures on the Plains. The free events treated guests to a local band and mo...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: August 8, 2020

Get your kids the new #YouthACOS Adventure Workbook today!

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Do you have kids at home or work with kids who need something to do, have something to say, or want to learn more about Arapahoe County Open Spaces? Well, we have just the activity to get them (and maybe you) into the Great Outdoors. 

Download our...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: August 4, 2020

Arapahoe County Open Spaces releases annual report

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Arapahoe County is fortunate to have strong support from our community – voters, municipalities, recreation districts, nonprofits and businesses alike – which allows us to invest millions of dollars annually in the outdoors through our...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: August 2, 2020

New and improved park reopens in Byers

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On July 25, 2020, the town of Byers celebrated the grand reopening of the Byers Community Park. Since 2013, Arapahoe County Open Spaces has granted Byers Park and Recreation District a total of nearly $400,000 in planning and construction funds to create ...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: July 27, 2020

Join us for Pictures on the Plains, August 5!

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You’re invited to spend a family night under the stars at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds on August 5! Bring a picnic, games, blankets and lawn chairs, and enjoy a FREE movie (Moana) and concert.

Reserve your social-distanced “pod&r...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: July 26, 2020

You’re invited to Walk FOR the Canal!

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Let’s get moving! 
Arapahoe County Open Spaces is a proud sponsor of the first-ever, Walk FOR the Canal – a walking challenge to support your 71-mile High Line Canal (presented by the Friedman Family Foundation).

Join the High L...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: July 15, 2020

Arapahoe County awards Open Space grants to 9 local jurisdictions

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A total of $3.43 million in grants will fund playground, park and trail improvements

On Tuesday, July 14, the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners announced grant awards ranging from $28,000 to $500,000 to local cities, towns and recreation districts as ...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: July 14, 2020

Newest County park opens to the public

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The long-awaited Long’s Pine Grove, a 2.8-acre park in the Four Square Mile neighborhood of unincorporated Arapahoe County, opened to the public on July 15. Our Open Spaces team gave Commissioners Jeff Baker and Kathleen Conti an impromptu sneak...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: July 8, 2020

Impact your space

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Arapahoe County Open Spaces is asking residents to take the online Open Spaces Master Plan survey to share their thoughts about the future of County parks, trails and open spaces. It should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and can be taken anytime...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: June 18, 2020

$15 million Shareback program helps protect and expand recreation projects throughout County

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Annual funding helps municipal budgets hit hard by COVID-19

This month, Arapahoe County Open Spaces distributed $15.7 million in Shareback funds to 12 incorporated cities and towns to support local parks, trails and open space p...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: June 15, 2020

Temporary Detour on Cherry Creek Trail between South Quebec and East Iliff

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A portion of the Cherry Creek Trail between South Quebec Street and just south of East Iliff Avenue will be closed for construction as part of the Cherry Creek Restoration Project starting June 15 – July 6 (approximately three weeks, weather pen...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: May 21, 2020

Help craft the future of your parks, trails and open spaces

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Since its inception in 2003, the Arapahoe County Open Spaces Program has built more than 73 miles of new trails, supported more than 160 park and trailhead projects, and conserved more than 31,000 acres of open space. In order to keep this legacy alive an...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: May 21, 2020

Building closures for Memorial Day

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In observance of Memorial Day, Arapahoe County administrative buildings will be closed on Monday, May 25.

Open Spaces News
Posted on: May 20, 2020

2020 Arapahoe County Fair canceled due to COVID-19 impacts

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Plans for a limited 4-H event are still being developed

After weighing all economic and public health and safety considerations, the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners has decided to cancel the 2020 Arapahoe County Fair that had been scheduled for late...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: May 13, 2020

Arapahoe County to begin reopening County facilities to the public on May 18

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Visits will be by appointment only, with new health and safety protocols in place

 On Monday, May 18, Arapahoe County will begin reopening its facilities to the public after being closed since ...

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