Open Space Program
Open Space Map
Open Space Photo Gallery
Open Space Bird Gallery
Preserving open spaces throughout the city has been a priority in Westminster for more than 25 years. Since 1985, when voters first approved a sales tax specifically earmarked to acquire and maintain open space, the city has bought approximately 3,050 acres in all parts of Westminster. These vital open space areas preserve essential view corridors in the city, enhance recreational opportunities for residents through a series of interconnected trails, and sustain a rich variety of plants and wildlife. Learn more about the history of the Open Space program.
One of the outstanding amenities provided to the citizens of Westminster is the city's trail system. More than 85 miles of off-road trails have been developed. The Big Dry Creek Trail, recognized as a National Recreation Trail, is one of the jewels of the open space system, extending nearly 12 miles from the eastern boundary of the city to Standley Lake. Other trails, available for jogging, biking, wildlife viewing and enjoying the outdoors, have been constructed along the Farmers' High Line Canal, Walnut Creek and Little Dry Creek. Learn more about the city’s trail system.
For questions regarding maintenance or operations of open space areas (including prairie dogs, coyote sightings, mowing and weed management) please contact the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Libraries at 303-658-2192. More information about natural resources and wildlife management.
For questions regarding open space property acquisitions, please call the Open Space Coordinator, Heather Cronenberg, at 303-658-2142. View open space acquisitions from 2008-2012.
The Open Space Volunteer Program was created to help maintain and preserve the city open space holdings. A variety of projects are scheduled monthly (weather permitting), including trail building, tree wrapping, fence repair and installation, wetland plantings and Russian olive management. To receive more information or to volunteer, please contact Patti Wright at 303-658-2201.
Open Space Advisory Board
The Open Space Advisory Board provides public input and makes recommendations to Westminster City Council regarding prospective open space acquisitions. This board is responsible for identifying and prioritizing potential open space acquisitions, to maintain and protect the aesthetic, historical, cultural and significant natural resources of the city.