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Posted on: February 25, 2020

Proposed Heritage Square Exchange Community Meetings

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Jeffco Open Space (JCOS) will host two community meetings, on Tuesday, March 10 and Thursday, March 19, about the potential Heritage Square Land Exchange (HSE).

In 2019, JCOS received a proposal for a land exchange with Martin Marietta Materials (MMM). The...

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Posted on: February 25, 2020

Flying J Ranch Park Forestry Restoration, Pile Burn Notice for Spring

Flying J Ranch Park Slash Pile Burn

Flying J Ranch Park Forestry Restoration, Pile Burn Notice for Spring

As part of the on-going forest restoration and wildfire mitigation work at Flying J Ranch Park, Jeffco Open Space will be conducting slash pile burns for a three-day period between March...

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Posted on: February 13, 2020

Managing Trail Safety at Apex Park Community Meeting

Apex Park sign

UPDATE: Recently we announced a community meeting to discuss a draft plan for Apex Park aimed at improving visitor safety. Please be assured it is a starting point for a community discussion on how to best improve safety at Apex Park. The good news is tha...

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Posted on: January 30, 2020

Jeffco Open Space Conservation Awards

John Litz Award carved from a ponderosa pine

The celebration of the 2019 Jeffco Open Space Conservation Awards hosted almost 300 individuals at the Lakewood Cultural Center on Thursday, January 30. These awards recognize individuals and organizations for their contributions to the JCOS mission - pre...

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Posted on: January 23, 2020

Get Involved! Jeffco Open Space is Recruiting 2020 Volunteers

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Want to do more to protect the parks and trails you love? We are recruiting for 2020 volunteers who can help us educate visitors, protect natural resources, and promote stewardship across the county!

Come to an upcoming drop-in recruitment fair to learn ab...

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Posted on: January 14, 2020

South Valley Park Improvements Begin in 2020

Rendering of South Valley Park trailhead improvements

South Valley Park’s southern trailhead will be getting a makeover in 2020. Crews have already begun installation of a concrete vault for the permanent restroom. This will replace the existing port-o-let at the south trailhead. Once this is placed, constru...

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Posted on: January 9, 2020

Seasonal Wildlife Closures to Begin February 1

Red Tailed Hawk

Each year Jeffco Open Space uses seasonal wildlife closures at the parks to protect species at sensitive times in their life cycles. This year’s seasonal wildlife closures affect numerous Jeffco Open Space parks and trails. 

Centennial Cone Park &...

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Posted on: December 3, 2019

Camping Fees will be Applied to Open Space Campsites in 2020

Camping by advanced permit only sign with tent logo

Beginning January 1, 2020, a $12 fee per campsite, per danight, will be applied to all Jeffco Open Space campgrounds. This includes Sourdough Springs and Sawmill Campgrounds at White Ranch Park, as well as Idylease Campground at Reynolds Park. Camping per...

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Posted on: November 21, 2019

Mount Falcon Park Serves up Blue Plate Special

Blue Plate shards from Mount Falcon Park

Did you know the Eagle Eye Shelter atop Mount Falcon Park sits on a rock outcropping that the Kirchoff Family once used as a landfill? Frank Kirchoff was a famous contractor who was involved in building structures such as the Voorhies Memorial Gateway (19...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Dino Ridge Master Plan Community Open House

Dino Ridge Community Open House

Thank you to all who attended the open house on December 11, 2019.  Proposed future projects include a new Visitor Center, educational signage, track protection, and roadway improvements.

For more information: DinoRidge@jeffco.us

Dinosaur Ridge Mas...

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Posted on: November 12, 2019

2020 Small Research Grant Applications Now Open

Small Research Grant

2020 Small Research Grant Applications Now Open

Jeffco Open Space offers Small Research Grants to individuals or groups to conduct applied studies on Jeffco Open Space lands. The goal of this program is to fund research that will inform the management of n...

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Posted on: November 1, 2018

Dakota Ridge South Designated Use Trail Opens at Matthews/Winters Park

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Today, Jeffco Open Space (JCOS) celebrates the opening of the Dakota Ridge South Trail, a new designated use, mountain bike only trail at Matthews/Winters Park. The construction of the 0.8 miles of new trail began in 2016 and the trail opens for recreatio...

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Posted on: August 1, 2018

Black Bear Trail Opens, Connecting Deer Creek Canyon and Hildebrand Ranch Parks

Black Bear Trail

Today, Jeffco Open Space celebrates the opening of Black Bear Trail, a major connection between two popular parks in the system. The construction of 6.3 miles of new trail between Plymouth Mountain Trail and Mill Creek in Deer Creek Canyon Park began in O...

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Posted on: April 13, 2018

Conservation Greenprint

Conservation Greenprint map

View our recently developed Conservation "Greenprint". This illustrates the challenges that are facing Jeffco Open Space today, the opportunities we see, and the strategies we plan to implement to address these challenges. View the full document...

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