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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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Open Spaces News
Posted on: February 4, 2020

Open Spaces to update its master plan in 2020

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As 2020 dawns, Arapahoe County’s Open Spaces Program is preparing to update its decade-old master plan. Since the department adopted its current plan in 2010, the County’s population has grown by about 14 percent, which means that our ...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: April 27, 2020

Select social media accounts transitioning effective May 1

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If you have been following the County on social media, Thank You! We truly appreciate your engagement. But we wanted to alert you to some upcoming changes. The decision has been made to retire several social media accounts associated with the County.

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Metro Denver Public Health Departments Rescind Stay at Home Public Health Orders; Adopt State Order

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Statement: Metro Denver Public Health Departments Rescind Stay at Home Public Health Orders; Adopt State Order

Boulder County Public Health, Jefferson County Public Health and Tri-County Health Department applaud Gov. Polis and the Colorado Department of P...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: March 25, 2020

Three Metro Denver Public Health Departments Issue Stay-At-Home Orders

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View PDF version of this press releaseView PDF version of the Stay-At-Home Public Health Order

Three Metro Denver Public Health Departments Issue Stay-At-Home Orders to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Jefferson County, Colo. — Three public health depa...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Arapahoe County extends closure of county facilities to the public through April 17

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March 23, 2020—The Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners has announced that all county facilities will remain closed to the public effective through at least April 17, 2020. This closure is designed to help curb the spread of COVID-19, a...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: March 16, 2020

County closes county facilities to the public — March 17-27

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Arapahoe County closes county facilities to the public from March 17-27 due to COVID-19 concerns

Employees expected to report to work Tuesday; essential county services will continue during closure

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: March 15, 2020

County service updates and resource center

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Concern about the coronavirus (COVID-19) is understandable and appropriate. Arapahoe County and its partners are closely monitoring the situation for the safety of our residents and employees.

For updates on County operations, temporary service changes, an...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: March 11, 2020

The County Line: March 2020

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The March issue of The County Line monthly newsletter is out! Catch up on the news including: a county update on the coronavirus and virtual town hall, senior tax exemption awareness, countdown to the 2020 Census, and fiscal and policy discussions for 202...

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Open Spaces News
Posted on: March 2, 2020

Step back to the 1800s at the 17 Mile House Farm Park

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This Saturday, March 7, kids can enjoy crafts, make pinwheels, and learn the windmill’s history. It’s fun for the whole family!

Visit the 17 Mile House Farm Park, a 155-year old farm, which served as an important resting stop for pionee...

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Open Spaces News