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Crown Hill Park by RangeTrackerTV
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Party for Parks Video
The Jeffco Outdoors' event "Party for Parks" was held April 5, 2013 at Red Rocks in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Denver Mountain Parks, the 40th Anniversary of the Jefferson County Open Space Program, and the 20th Anniversary of Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO).
View the Party for Parks Video on the benefits of outdoor recreation, open space and parks »
Peaks to Plains Trail Video
Recreation advocates testify to the overflowing support for a new 6-mile trail along Clear Creek. The trail will be completed by 2016, with 4 miles in Jefferson County ...
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100 Years of the Magnificent Dream: The Denver Mountain Parks
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"Living and Playing in Coyote Country"
Mary Ann Bonnel
Visitor Services Supervisor, Jefferson County Open Space
& Co-Principal Investigator, Denver Metro Area Coyote Study
Join the conversation—learn how to send your coyote comments or questions!
"Trails through Time: A Geologist’s Guide to Jefferson County Open Space Parks"
by Jack Reed
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2014 Open Space Master Plan
Action Item Completed!
The Jefferson County 2014 Open Space Master Plan, which was approved on January 9, was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on March 18, 2014. After an 18 month process, the 2014 Master Plan was released on the Jefferson County website on April 18th. PLAN Jeffco is quite pleased with the final draft and feels that it is a very strong document: ... read the April 22, 2014 Update »
PLAN Jeffco Conference Presentations:
More information about the 2013 Jeffco Open Space Conservation Conference:
The Next 40 Years: Jeffco Open Space Conservation
by Michelle Poolet & Vicky Gits
To honor the conception of the open space program as well as 40+ years of service as a watchdog and supporter, PLAN Jeffco gathered together prominent experts to present their findings on a wide variety of conservation issues. About 180 people attended the half-day event, which took place November 16, 2013 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
Nine speakers took the podium to address various subjects, from a five-year master plan to tracking mountain lions. Presenters also discussed climate change, state demographics, recreation trends, biodiversity, animal habitat, the economy and the impact of access to nature on public health. ... read what they had to say »
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Synergy: Partners for Parks by the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation
Did you know that Jeffco Open Space (JCOS) and Denver Mountain Parks (DMP) share more than their interest in land protection in central Jeffco?
This year, as the DMP system celebrates its centennial and JCOS parks its 40th anniversary, seems a great time to explore the common ground. Despite the differences in ... read more & view a slideshow of photos by John Fielder »
The History of Jeffco Open Space
Open Space Documents
Read the original 1972 Open Space Resolution authored by PLAN Jeffco over 40 years ago that established a ½ cent open space tax and resulted in the formation of the Jefferson County Open Space Program.
For four decades, this tax has funded the award winning Jefferson County Open Space Program and has also provided open space funds to cities and recreational districts. The Resolution provided for funds to be used only for open space purposes. It also established the Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC) which oversees the Program and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC).
... read this & other Open Space Documents »