What We've Heard
Thanks to all of you who shared ideas and feedback during our five windows of engagement. We have summarized the complete process in Appendix A of the Master Plan, which was unanimously accepted and adopted by City Council on September 3, 2019. We have also prepared a separate summary of what we heard during our fifth and final engagement window below.
The purpose of the fifth and final engagement window was to gather feedback on the Draft Master Plan. The engagement summary below describes what we heard and how this input was used to refine the plan. Appendices include all raw comments submitted.
The purpose of the fourth engagement window was to help inform OSMP funding priorities for Master Plan implementation.
The engagement summary below describes what we heard and how this input is being used. It includes emerging funding priorities and proposed refinements to strategies as a result of feedback. Appendices include all raw comments submitted through community workshops, the statistically valid survey and paired online survey, social media and emails.
Fourth Engagement Window Summary (without appendices)
Fourth Engagement Window Summary (with appendices)
Revised Draft Strategies based on input during Engagement Window 4
OSMP Master Plan Survey
OSMP gathered feedback from members of the public through three different surveys (1) through a statistically valid survey in which a random sample of households were invited to participate, (2) through an open participation survey online to which all residents were invited, and (3) through a Spanish survey circulated by El Centro Amistad Promotoras to Spanish-speaking members of our community.
- View the January 2020 revised report of findings from the survey including analysis . With feedback from the Open Space Board of Trustees, this report was updated in January 2020 to better describe the full suite of questionnaire responses. For example, for questions in which “don’t know” was a response option, the May 2019 findings primarily reported on respondents who picked an option other than “don’t know.” This updated version, however, factors in those “don’t know” responses and therefore, reports numbers that are slightly different from those in the May 2019 version. Throughout this document, these changes have been highlighted in grey.
- View the May 2019 report of findings from the survey including analysis .
- View the raw survey responses without staff analysis from the Master Plan survey.
- View highlights from the Master Plan survey findings .
As described above, the May 2019 report of findings from the survey excludes “don’t know” responses, including analysis of only responses from those who have an opinion. For reference, below are the survey questions and responses both including and not including “don’t know” responses:
- View survey questions and responses (not including “don’t know” responses)
- View survey questions and responses (including “don’t know” responses)
OSMP Master Plan - El Centro AMISTAD Promotoras' Engagement
OSMP partnered with El Centro AMISTAD Promotoras to engage with Spanish-speaking, Latino community members to understand their interests in and priorities for open space. Learn about the Promotoras’ engagement approach and findings .
The purpose of the third engagement window was to hear your thoughts on preliminary outcomes and strategies for four of the five Master Plan focus areas. The fifth focus area covers financial scenarios related to the first four and will be covered during the next engagement window.
Your input during the third engagement window informed refinements to draft outcomes and strategies for:
- Ecosystem Health and Resilience;
- Responsible Recreation, Stewardship and Enjoyment;
- Community Connection, Education and Inclusion; and
- Agriculture Today and Tomorrow.
The engagement summary below includes the Master Plan strategies as they’ve been refined with community and OSBT input to achieve desired outcomes within each of these four focus areas. Appendices include all raw comments submitted through community workshops, online questionnaires, social media and emails.
- Third Engagement Window Summary (without appendices)
- Third Engagement Window Summary (with appendices)
OSMP Master Plan – Inclusive Engagement
To create an inclusive process, OSMP collaborated with partners on engagement efforts called “micro-engagements.” These efforts included more than 550 participants through focus groups, online and paper questionnaires. Staff reached out to Spanish-speakers, youth, and other underrepresented groups to gather feedback.
OSMP Master Plan - El Centro AMISTAD Promotoras' Engagement
OSMP partnered with El Centro AMISTAD Promotoras to engage with Spanish-speaking, Latino community members to understand their interests in open space and what draft Master Plan outcomes and strategies would best support those interests. Learn about the Promotoras’ engagement approach and findings .
OSMP Master Plan – Youth Opportunities Advisory Board Engagement
OSMP coordinated with the Youth Opportunities Advisory Board (YOAB) to gather youth feedback on draft Master Plan outcomes and strategies. See what YOAB heard from their peers .
The Second Engagement Window Summary confirms the focus areas and includes proposed refinements to the related topics based on your feedback during the second window of engagement. This summary has been shared with Open Space Board of Trustees (OSBT) and City Council members to support a joint study session with both groups on June 12.
Below are the raw responses received from the second engagement window questionnaire without staff analysis. Based on reporting requirements, we will not verify nor review external or additional conclusions made by others based on these data.
The summary below includes the draft focus areas that emerged from your feedback during the first window of engagement.
Community Engagement Photos and Videos
We know that government works best when the community participates. See a video of how we learned about what our community values about open space, what your hopes and concerns are for the future and the draft focus areas - or management themes - that emerged from your input.
Click through a photo gallery to see what our community values about open space and what their hopes and concerns are for the future.
OSMP Master Plan – Focus Areas
In early 2018, the City of Boulder kicked off an effort to develop a Master Plan for its Open Space and Mountain Parks. Through this effort, the city heard from at least 2,000 community members and received more than 1,500 public comments to create focus areas to guide OSMP management over the next five to 10 years. OSMP incorporated preliminary feedback from the Open Space and the City Council to revise the focus areas, which the City Council unanimously approved on Tuesday, July 24.
OSMP Master Plan – Community Open House
OSMP invited community members to meet department staff who contributed to the System Overview Report, and for them to share their input, to ask questions and to add to a growing list of broad policy questions the OSMP Master Plan process may need to explore.
OSMP Master Plan - Imagina (Imagine) Open Space
OSMP held a second, celebratory event called Imagina (Imagine) Open Space that sought to engage all ages and aspects of the community around their values and the future of OSMP. It included creative engagement opportunities, including a community art project. Local musicians Jeff and Paige performed at this community engagement event, entertaining children and parents alike!
OSMP Master Plan – Growing Up Boulder’s Engagement
OSMP partnered with Growing Up Boulder (GUB) to understand how youth would like to be engaged in the Master Plan process and to ensure that youth and other underrepresented groups were heard from through an inclusive process. Learn more about GUB’s role in the Master Plan’s first window of engagement .