What We've Heard
Thanks to all of you who shared ideas and feedback during our first three windows of engagement. More opportunities are ahead. For now, we have summarized how we listened and what we heard so far.
Third Engagement Window (Sept 19, 2018 through January 16, 2019)
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 .
Second Engagement Window (May 7 through May 20, 2018)
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.
First Engagement Window (Jan. 22 through March 30, 2018)
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 .