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What We've Heard

What We've Heard

Community Feedback

Thanks to all of you who shared ideas and feedback during our five windows of engagement. For now, we have summarized how we listened and what we heard during the first four windows of engagement. Next month a summary of the fifth (and final) window of engagement will be available. Learn more about remaining opportunities to comment on a revised draft of the plan later this summer.

Fourth Engagement Window (March 18, 2019 through April 7, 2019)

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) pdf
Fourth Engagement Window Summary (with appendices) pdf
Revised Draft Strategies pdf 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.

Following best practices, the report of findings from the survey excludes “don’t know” responses, including analysis of only responses from those who have an opinion. Below are the survey questions and responses both including and not 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 pdf.


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.

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 pdf.

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 pdf.


Second Engagement Window (May 7 through May 20, 2018)

The Second Engagement Window Summary pdf 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.

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Suggested Refinements to Focus Areas and/or Related Topics xlsx


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. 

First Public Engagement Window Summary (without appendices) pdf

First Public Engagement Window Summary (with appendices) pdf

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.

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See full photo set in the Photo Gallery

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 pdf