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Recruitment now underway for Parks & Open Space Advisory Board

Boulder County invites residents to voice opinions, share expertise, and provide guidance on open space issues Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County is seeking volunteers who would like to voice their opinions and help guide staff decisions on Parks & Open Space issues, including new land acquisitions and the management of existing properties. The county is recruiting residents for five open at-large POSAC positions. Advisory boards and commissions provide recommendations to the Boulder County Commissioners and give residents the opportunity to have their voices heard within Boulder County government. The county, in turn, benefits from this citizen input. If you have an interest or expertise in Boulder County Parks & Open Space issues, please consider applying! To view descriptions and requirements for … Continue reading

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Eldorado Canyon State Park to Walker Ranch Trail Connection — please participate!

Open House Scheduled for Nov. 28 Boulder County Parks & Open Space, the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host an open house to present the findings of the feasibility study and the preliminary recommendations of the partner agencies for a preferred trail alignment between Walker Ranch Open Space and Eldorado Canyon State Park. What: Eldorado Canyon to Walker Ranch Connection Open House When: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – presentation at 6 p.m. Where: City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, 2520 55th St., Boulder Laptops will be available for members of the public to submit comments on site at the open house, or they can be submitted via the … Continue reading

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Help Preserve Passive Recreation on Boulder’s Open Space & Mountain Parks for the Next 50 Years: Your Input Matters!

Now is the Time to Make Your Voice Heard! Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) is working feverishly to create a new “Master Plan” that will guide all aspects of the program for the next 50 years.  No kidding. This project will attempt to balance passive recreation (including hiking, biking, horseback riding, dog walking, and nature viewing) on 50,000 acres of open space around the City of Boulder, from close to the Peak-to-Peak Highway to the East County Line, and from Rocky Flats to close to Rabbit Mountain. While the area contains many wonderful trails, there is the potential for so much more access — without compromising environmental quality.  But if they don’t hear from you, we may never be … Continue reading

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Please respond to the OSMP Master Plan Survey

The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks is seeking YOUR input regarding your use of and desires for OSMP into the next decade and beyond.  Please let them know that you support better trails and access for passive recreation by filling out and returning the survey below.  Thanks! https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4669180/b26f7389918e

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BATCO Rocks at Heil Valley Ranch!

We had a great work day on the East Side Trail at Heil Valley Ranch Saturday, October 27, 2018, and here are a few photos to prove it!  Thanks to everyone who participated. Laying out the turnpike. Turnpike trail taking shape. View across the valley from the old grindstone quarry.          

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Calling Outdoor Recreationists on Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks

This is a call to action to those who care about access to public land! We urge you to attend the OSMP Master Plan Recreation Community Workshop Monday Nov 5, 2018 at the Jewish Community Center, 6007 Oreg Ave in Boulder from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. In-person comments and conversation with staff have a significant positive impact on what’s at stake. Some recreation concerns include: Night time access to trailheads, trails and open space Dog access on trails and open space Off trail access or cross country travel Multi-use trail access Prioritizing maintaining current OS rather than purchasing expensive properties Planning methodologies that are not a fair process Open Boulder will be providing childcare for outdoor recreation advocates attending the … Continue reading

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BATCO Recognized for Trail Stewardship

At an art reception on October 23, 2018, BATCO President Suzanne Webel accepted an Annie Gifford print from Boulder County Parks and Open Space in recognition of the Boulder Area Trails Coalition’s volunteer trailbuilding and fundraising for trails generated by sales of our Trails and Recreation Map of Boulder County. Join us for our last volunteer trailbuilding event of the year — Heil Valley Ranch, Saturday, October 27.  See details below.  

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Recreation Changes at Gross Reservoir

In case you’ve been wondering about recreation opportunities at Gross Reservoir during construction of the expanded dam, here’s a brochure that Denver Water wants to share with you.  For more information, please contact: Britny Kalule for Denver Water 303-6286348 grossreservoir@denverwater.org

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Calling All Trail Volunteers!

The new “East Side Trail” at Heil Valley Ranch is almost finished…. Help BATCO get it done!                               What:Please join BATCO and Boulder County Parks & Open Space in a fun morning of completing the NEW PEDESTRIAN / EQUESTRIAN TRAIL at Heil Valley Ranch.  This new trail will connect the new  lower parking / trailhead at Heil with two other new trails, the upper trailhead, and the existing trail system.The work will be moderately strenuous and will include the use of hand tools such as McLeods, pick mattocks, rakes, and shovels.  (However, you can do as much hard work or as little as you like!) When: Saturday, October 27, 2018 … Continue reading

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On Trails — by Robert Moor

Not since Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods” (about the Appalachian Trail) has a book about trails been on the New York Times Bestseller List — but this new one is.  It’s a great read — here you go!            

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