City of Golden Open Space Master Plan

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Panoramic view of Heritage Dells Park in summer with a person sitting on a park bench.

Survey Results

The recent survey, open from July 11 to August 15, was designed to gain a better understanding of the uses and values of open space by residents and visitors of Golden. Your feedback will help us develop an Open Space Master Plan that reflects that reflects the needs and values of our community.

We received 279 unique responses, only four of whom indicated they do not live in Golden. Approximately 85% of respondents indicated that they interact with Golden’s open spaces one or more times per week, and most respondents (88%) said they visit Golden’s open spaces year-round.

Please view the Survey Results Report to see all responses received.

Community Meeting

Thank you to community members who joined City of Golden staff and project consultants at a meeting on July 11 to hear about project updates as Golden works towards building an Open Space Master Plan.

If you were unable to join the meeting, you can watch a recording of the meeting here on this page or at GCO.tv.

The City of Golden and its consultants discussed draft Open Space Mission, Vision, and Definition statements in the presentation, which can be found in the slideshow presented at the community meeting.

As the City continues to solicit feedback on how to build a Mission, Vision, and Definition of Open Space that best serves the community, we have built a survey for people who enjoy Golden’s open spaces to give feedback on how they experience, enjoy, and value open space. The survey is open until August 10, 2022, and will inform further revisions to the Mission, Vision, and Definition statements presented this fall to City Council.

Background

The City of Golden has a strong commitment to provide the highest quality parks and recreation facilities and recreation programs possible for its citizens. A few years ago, in 2016, the City of Golden Parks and Recreation Master Plan identified open space and natural areas, plus trails and pathways, as the most important of current city facilities; the top priorities to add, expand, or improve; and top priorities to benefit health and well-being of Golden residents.

Why create an Open Space Master Plan for the City of Golden?

Many other communities along the Front Range in Colorado have Open Space Master Plans. The City of Golden is home to one-of-a-kind, world class resources and natural areas and open spaces, but lacks a comprehensive definition and plan for open space. The City of Golden is aiming to build out an Open Space Master Plan, with the engagement of the community, to support the City’s needs.

What will the Open Space Master Plan include?

The primary purpose of the Parks and Recreation Open Space Master Plan is to create a clear and concise policy for open spaces within the City of Golden. At the onset of this process, developing a clear definition for open space will be the City’s top priority, which will serve as a starting point and framework for making policy, administration, and management decisions about open space. The final plan document will provide considerations for open space preservation and protection, development, re-development, maintenance, enhancement, and future acquisitions.

Who does this impact?

Since access to the outdoors is part of daily life in the City of Golden, the City is seeking diverse feedback from people who live near natural areas or open spaces, people who enjoy and seek more access to the outdoors, conservationists, and more.

How is the City of Golden developing the Open Space Master Plan?

After a bidding process, the City of Golden selected Great Ecology to serve as consultants in the development of the Open Space Master Plan. Great Ecology has worked with communities across the nation on the design, restoration, enhancement, and study of ecosystems, open spaces, and parks. As part of the planning process, a working group made up of community leaders will help to guide the City and consultant team on the development of the plan framework. At key stages, the City will look to community input and feedback on the technical development of the plan components.

How to get involved?

There will be one public engagement session in early 2022, with options for in-person and remote involvement. The planning process will also include an online public survey to further capture your considerations and provide you with another opportunity to help evolve the plan.

Survey Results

The recent survey, open from July 11 to August 15, was designed to gain a better understanding of the uses and values of open space by residents and visitors of Golden. Your feedback will help us develop an Open Space Master Plan that reflects that reflects the needs and values of our community.

We received 279 unique responses, only four of whom indicated they do not live in Golden. Approximately 85% of respondents indicated that they interact with Golden’s open spaces one or more times per week, and most respondents (88%) said they visit Golden’s open spaces year-round.

Please view the Survey Results Report to see all responses received.

Community Meeting

Thank you to community members who joined City of Golden staff and project consultants at a meeting on July 11 to hear about project updates as Golden works towards building an Open Space Master Plan.

If you were unable to join the meeting, you can watch a recording of the meeting here on this page or at GCO.tv.

The City of Golden and its consultants discussed draft Open Space Mission, Vision, and Definition statements in the presentation, which can be found in the slideshow presented at the community meeting.

As the City continues to solicit feedback on how to build a Mission, Vision, and Definition of Open Space that best serves the community, we have built a survey for people who enjoy Golden’s open spaces to give feedback on how they experience, enjoy, and value open space. The survey is open until August 10, 2022, and will inform further revisions to the Mission, Vision, and Definition statements presented this fall to City Council.

Background

The City of Golden has a strong commitment to provide the highest quality parks and recreation facilities and recreation programs possible for its citizens. A few years ago, in 2016, the City of Golden Parks and Recreation Master Plan identified open space and natural areas, plus trails and pathways, as the most important of current city facilities; the top priorities to add, expand, or improve; and top priorities to benefit health and well-being of Golden residents.

Why create an Open Space Master Plan for the City of Golden?

Many other communities along the Front Range in Colorado have Open Space Master Plans. The City of Golden is home to one-of-a-kind, world class resources and natural areas and open spaces, but lacks a comprehensive definition and plan for open space. The City of Golden is aiming to build out an Open Space Master Plan, with the engagement of the community, to support the City’s needs.

What will the Open Space Master Plan include?

The primary purpose of the Parks and Recreation Open Space Master Plan is to create a clear and concise policy for open spaces within the City of Golden. At the onset of this process, developing a clear definition for open space will be the City’s top priority, which will serve as a starting point and framework for making policy, administration, and management decisions about open space. The final plan document will provide considerations for open space preservation and protection, development, re-development, maintenance, enhancement, and future acquisitions.

Who does this impact?

Since access to the outdoors is part of daily life in the City of Golden, the City is seeking diverse feedback from people who live near natural areas or open spaces, people who enjoy and seek more access to the outdoors, conservationists, and more.

How is the City of Golden developing the Open Space Master Plan?

After a bidding process, the City of Golden selected Great Ecology to serve as consultants in the development of the Open Space Master Plan. Great Ecology has worked with communities across the nation on the design, restoration, enhancement, and study of ecosystems, open spaces, and parks. As part of the planning process, a working group made up of community leaders will help to guide the City and consultant team on the development of the plan framework. At key stages, the City will look to community input and feedback on the technical development of the plan components.

How to get involved?

There will be one public engagement session in early 2022, with options for in-person and remote involvement. The planning process will also include an online public survey to further capture your considerations and provide you with another opportunity to help evolve the plan.

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    Since access to the outdoors is part of daily life in the City of Golden, we are seeking diverse feedback from people who live near natural areas or open spaces, people who enjoy and seek more access to the outdoors, conservationists, and more. Your responses will help inform the mission and vision of the open space plan and definition of open space. This survey will open following the July 11 public meeting and remain open for four weeks.


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