Cover of OSMP Master Plan

OSMP Master Plan Implementation

Acquisition Plans

OSMP Acquisition Plan 2013-2019 Update

The Open Space and Mountain Parks division acquires properties based on the Open Space Acquisitions and Management Plan 2013 - 2019, adopted by the Boulder City Council in 2013.

Management Plans

Agricultural Resources Management Plan

The purpose of the plan is to maintain and enhance agricultural-related values for the community by ensuring the long-term sustainability of agricultural operations, by taking a conservation approach that supports the ecological health of OSMP lands, and by fostering key connections between the community and its agricultural lands.

Forest Ecosystem Management Plan

The city adopted the Forest Ecosystem Management Plan in 1999 to address the growing need for ecosystem management on open space lands.

Grassland Ecosystem Management Plan

The Grassland Ecosystem Management Plan (Grassland Plan) proposes specific on-the-ground management actions, public policies and lands & water acquisition priorities to conserve the ecological values of Open Space & Mountain Park's grasslands and ensure on-going agricultural production.

Visitor Master Plan (VMP)

The Visitor Master Plan (VMP) was approved in 2005 by City Council. The plan's overall purpose was to provide a framework for decisions that will ensure a continued high quality visitor experience, while at the same time ensuring that the lands are protected and preserved for future generations.

Results of the VMP

Many OSMP programs and trails are the result of the VMP:

Trail Study Areas

What are Trail Study Areas (TSAs)?

TSA plans were identified in the Visitor Master Plan (VMP) as area-specific plans to establish implementation strategies that improve the visitor experience and provide a sustainable trail system while protecting natural and cultural resources. The number and extent of TSAs was modified from what was envisioned in the VMP after completion of the Eldorado Mountain/Doudy Draw TSA.

Proposed OSMP TSAs

Trail planning within TSAs focuses on existing designated trail systems, undesignated trails, and activities on the trails, and asks how existing trails can be modified to improve:

  • quality of the visitor experience;
  • protection and restoration of natural and cultural resources;
  • visitor access opportunities; and
  • physical sustainability of the trails system.

Completed TSA Plans and Inventory Reports

Integrated Site Projects (ISPs)

Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) is currently developing Integrated Site Projects (ISPs) for several specific locations. ISPs strive to achieve:

  • How best to implement on-the-ground, previously-approved plans
  • Sustain natural areas
  • Improve visitor experiences
  • Improve operations, services, and programs in the area
  • Address other open space values as outlined in the Boulder City Charter.

The goal is to holistically plan for and to have clarity and as much as possible alignment across the community about the “on the ground” actions for an area in order to proceed to the implementation phase. These projects are guided by specific open space purposes in Section 176 of the city charter, which specifically lists OSMP’s responsibilities to the land and to the community. Previously approved land management plans and the project area’s resources – such as natural, agricultural, passive recreation, cultural and scenic resources - and ongoing service needs – such as Ranger patrols, maintenance operations and education and outreach - also help shape the on-the-ground actions.

Implementation work is ongoing for the following ISPs:

Independent Research Reports