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Open Spaces

The Open Spaces Department works to preserve natural and heritage areas, enhance neighborhood and regional parks and build and maintain trails. Since 2003, Arapahoe County's Open Space program has conserved more than 31,000 acres of open space, built more than 51 miles of new trails and created and enhanced 157 neighborhood and regional parks. Much of this work is done in partnership with local communities in Arapahoe County.

Arapahoe County enjoys the following parks, open spaces and trails.

 Arapahoe Cty. Recreation Dist.

Open Spaces


 17 Mile House Farm Park  Bijou Basin  Cherry Creek Regional Trail
 Cherry Creek Valley
 Ecological Park
 Kiowa Creek North  High Line Canal Trail
 Cheyenne/Arapaho Park  Kiowa Creek South  South Platte Regional Trail
 Dove Valley Regional Park  Richmil Ranch  
 Welch Park    

To learn more about all county-owned properties, Find a Park, Trail or Open Space.

The Open Spaces Program
The Open Spaces Program began in 2003 when citizens of Arapahoe County voted to fund the program through a quarter-of-a-penny Open Space sales and use tax (25 cents on every $100 spent). The tax was renewed in 2011 when voters approved extending the program to 2023. Revenue from the Open Space sales and use tax is designated for specific uses.

Additional Resources
Mosquito Control
Open Space Master Plan
Open Space Sales and Use Tax
Open Spaces Shareback Information

Contact Us
Shannon Carter
Shannon Carter
Open Spaces and Intergovernmental Relations Director

6934 S. Lima St., Suite A
Centennial, CO 80112

Ph: 720-874-6540
Fx: 720-874-6743
TDD: 720-874-6574

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.