Open Space and Mountain Parks Master Plan
Boulder City Council accepts and adopts OSMP Master Plan
- View the Final Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Master Plan
- View the Executive Summary
The Final Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Master Plan was unanimously accepted and adopted by City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019.
The final draft of the OSMP Master Plan was recommended, with minor modifications, to City Council for acceptance by the OSBT on July 31, 2019 and by Planning Board on August 1, 2019.
- View the Final Draft of the Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Master Plan
- View the Executive Summary
To see community feedback that has informed the final draft of the plan visit our What We’ve Heard page.
The first draft of the OSMP Master Plan reflected more than 10,000 public comments and input from thousands of community members. It was then revised with additional feedback we heard during the final engagement window.
- View the First Draft of OSMP Master Plan
To see community feedback that has informed the draft plan visit our What We’ve Heard page.
About the Master Plan
For nearly 120 years, generations of Boulder residents have created an innovative public land legacy in building the city’s 45,630-acre open space system. Thank you for helping us to continue and improve on that proud legacy by creating the inclusive, community-based Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Master Plan to guide the management of our community’s open space over the next decade and beyond.
(OSMP ) Master Plan will shape the City of Boulder’s approach to future stewardship questions, such as: How to continue conservation of natural, cultural and scenic areas while also providing enjoyable visitor experiences, how to address population growth with increased visitation, and how the city will make its natural areas more resilient amid the climate crisis.
For decades, the City of Boulder has worked to preserve and improve its open space through a series of management plans. However, current and future trends require a more comprehensive approach. For example, there is less land available for acquisition in the Boulder Valley. Open space sales tax increments that fund acquisitions are scheduled to sunset or decease over time. Population in the Front Range is growing, and increasing visitor use and carrying capacity are topics that open space areas along the Front Range are beginning to address. In addition, many youths are becoming more sedentary, with more children growing up without a connection to nature. At the same time, climate change and invasive species are affecting OSMP’s ability to conserve important landscapes, and resilience to wildfires and flooding is a focus for the City of Boulder and other communities along the Front Range. We also live in a diverse world and we recognize the need to be more inclusive, welcoming all who live in our community.
In addressing these topics, the OSMP Master Plan will create a community-supported management plan for the future and satisfy citywide expectations that master plans have been developed to guide service delivery.
Community members’ input will be used to address management topics, helping the city to:
- Focus OSMP’s operations around key management topics and measures of success.
- Define and prioritize strategies that will help OSMP fulfill open space purposes as defined in the Boulder City Charter.
- Build community understanding that compromises and a balanced approach are important to establish management priorities that are inclusive and equitable.
- Develop financial scenarios to anticipate future funding over the long term.
- Help to confirm, refine and add new management approaches, including recommendations to update existing plans, and to pursue new planning and design efforts that align OSMP’s services with broad guidance in the Master Plan.
The OSMP Master Plan will not include site-specific recommendations, such as the exact placement of trails or facilities or allowable activities or visitor-use levels for specific locations. Updated or new plans that emerge after the Master Plan will provide more specific, on-the-ground guidance. The OSMP Master Plan will not recommend changes to open space purposes in the Boulder City Charter. Learn more about the process and engagement plan for the Open Space and Mountain Parks Plan.