Open space preservation plays a key role in creating and maintaining healthy communities by providing a broad range of passive and active use opportunities. Open space protects air and water quality, and preserves natural attributes such as floodplain and wetland areas, geological hazards, vegetative stands, and wildlife habitats. By providing aesthetic enhancement to communities, open space contributes to the pattern, quality, success and value of development by complementing the built environment with important visual and recreational amenities. The City has been successful in preserving over 700 acres of open space at its southern edge through annexation and zoning negotiations.
Lone Tree west of I-25 is located within the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District (SSPRD); therefore, most of the parks, trails and open spaces are actually owned and operated by SSPRD. See the Open Space Map for ownership details. SSPRD can be contacted at www.ssprd.org.