Open Space Management Plan 2022 Update

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Thank you for your interest in the City of Wheat Ridge's Open Space Management Plan update! Learn more about the plan and how you can get involved below.


About the Open Space Management Plan Update

The City of Wheat Ridge Division of Parks, Forestry, and Open Space is embarking on a long-range planning process to create a bold vision for the future of the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, Clear Creek Trail, and open space assets! The Division is working with planning firm, Logan Simpson, to engage the community; evaluate existing conditions and future opportunities; identify alternatives and solutions to current challenges; and ultimately, present a compelling vision for the future of open space and the Clear Creek Trail that is supported by policy guidance in a user-friendly, actionable planning document.

The Wheat Ridge Open Space Management Plan will chart a course for the next 5-10 years of the City’s investment in open space and the Clear Creek Trail. Once complete, the plan will address current challenges, determine strategies for meeting future demands, and establish priorities for achieving the community’s shared vision.

See the News Feed below for current and upcoming engagement opportunities!

Thank you for your interest in the City of Wheat Ridge's Open Space Management Plan update! Learn more about the plan and how you can get involved below.


About the Open Space Management Plan Update

The City of Wheat Ridge Division of Parks, Forestry, and Open Space is embarking on a long-range planning process to create a bold vision for the future of the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, Clear Creek Trail, and open space assets! The Division is working with planning firm, Logan Simpson, to engage the community; evaluate existing conditions and future opportunities; identify alternatives and solutions to current challenges; and ultimately, present a compelling vision for the future of open space and the Clear Creek Trail that is supported by policy guidance in a user-friendly, actionable planning document.

The Wheat Ridge Open Space Management Plan will chart a course for the next 5-10 years of the City’s investment in open space and the Clear Creek Trail. Once complete, the plan will address current challenges, determine strategies for meeting future demands, and establish priorities for achieving the community’s shared vision.

See the News Feed below for current and upcoming engagement opportunities!

  • Participate now! Trail User Survey / Interactive Online Maps / Virtual Focus Group

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    Now through November 30th, there are multiple opportunities to engage and provide your input on the Open Space Management Plan. Read below for details. Your input is valuable in shaping the eventual recommendations of the plan!

    1. TRAIL USER SURVEY. Look for signs on the Greenbelt and along Clear Creek Trail with a QR Code to complete a short survey about your experience on the trail! Simply scan the QR code with your phone's camera and it will direct you to a short, 5-minute, survey about your experience on the trail that day. Complete the survey while you're on the trail or save the link to complete it soon after your conclude your visit. Your participation will help us understand use and visitation patterns and the quality of the user experience on the Clear Creek Trail.

    2. ONLINE INTERACTIVE MAP ACTIVITIES. Click on the MAP tab on the project home page or click the links below to review and comment on potential ideas and alternatives that are being considered for the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt and Clear Creek Trail.
    3. VIRTUAL FOCUS GROUP 11/30/22. Join City staff and the planning consultant for a virtual focus group on Wednesday, 11/30 from 5:30-7 p.m. We'll dig deeper into some of the key preliminary recommendations and alternatives of the plan and seek your feedback. This discussion will be interactive, so come ready to participate! Please register in advance at: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dk-IguzITAWitIyM3pKXdw
  • 9/27 In-Person Open House at the Recreation Center, 4:30-6:30pm

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    Join City staff and the planning consultant team from 4:30-6:30pm on 9/27 for a drop-in style open house at the Recreation Center to learn more about the plan and tell us about your experience needs, preferences, and priorities for the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, Clear Creek Trail, and Lewis Meadows. This is a joint open house with the 44th Avenue Subarea Plan.

  • Summary Report: Community Engagement Listening Stage

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    The first stage of stakeholder and community engagement for the City of Wheat Ridge Open Space and Trail Management Plan, the Listening stage, took place from July through August 2022. This stage of outreach included of a robust series of engagement opportunities that engaged a total of 330 Wheat Ridge stakeholders at the time of this publication.

    The PFOS Division and planning team utilized a variety of engagement tools to gather valuable feedback from community stakeholders regarding their experiences, challenges, opportunities, and values related to Wheat Ridge Open Space and the Clear Creek Trail. The purpose of these conversations was to:

    • Stimulate community-wide awareness of the planning effort

    • Solicit candid feedback from a broad cross-section of the

    Wheat Ridge community, including residents and visitors to the City’s open spaces

    • Identify key themes, opportunities, local values, and a future vision for open space and trails in Wheat Ridge

    View the report here: Summary Report Community Engagement Listening Stage

  • 8/31 Virtual Workshop; 5:30pm-7pm, Please Register in Advance

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    The City of Wheat Ridge is updating their Open Space Management Plan! Join City staff and the planning consultant team for a virtual workshop on 8/31 from 5:30-7 p.m. aimed at understanding the community's needs, preferences, and experience while visiting the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, Clear Creek Trail, or Lewis Meadows. This workshop will be interactive, so come ready to participate! This is one of several opportunities to provide your input and ideas.

    Please register via Zoom in advance: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MynIMIVbRuyjPrPlUbM_Tw

    Visit https://whatsupwheatridge.com/open-space-management-plan-2022-update for details on engagement opportunities.

  • Carnation Festival Tabling-Stop By!

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    Staff project team members will be tabling at the Carnation Festival to discuss the project throughout the Carnation Festival weekend, stop on by and say hi!

  • Open Space Management Plan Public Questionnaire

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    Please consider taking the public questionnaire on Open Space topics in Wheat Ridge. Estimated completion time is 10-15 minutes and the survey will be open through August 15th, 2022.

    https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6934027/Wheat-Ridge-OS-Trails-Community-Questionnaire-1

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