Protecting Our Outdoor Spaces is the Easiest Way to Maintain Our Quality of Life
DOUGLAS COUNTY PARKS, TRAILS AND OPEN SPACE FUNDING IS ENDING!
Without the extension of the existing 1/6 of a cent sales-and-use tax for open space, parks and trails, there will be no continued funding for important open space conservation that may otherwise be lost and park and trail funding will be cut by more than 1/3, affecting the quality of life for Douglas County families.
It's easy to help!
YOU HAVE BENEFITED FROM THIS PROGRAM FOR MORE THAN 28 YEARS.
Regional Park enhancements for Highland Heritage, Challenger Regional Parks, and the Bluffs Regional Park.
Hundreds of miles of trails (including the construction of the East-West Regional Trail, the Cherry Creek Trail, and Colorado Front Range Trail) for you to hike, bike, watch wildlife and get away from the hustle and bustle.
For every $1 of sales tax funds spent, Douglas County has received $2.92 in partnership funding.
Significant open space has been permanently protected, including the Greenland and Spruce Mountain Open Space properties. These are important for wildlife corridors, community buffers, and scenic views along I-25.
Historic sites and buildings protected, including Prairie Canyon Ranch and Sandstone Ranch, preserving our cultural heritage.
But the programs that support these important protections are set to expire in 2023!
Douglas County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the United States. To maintain the quality of life that makes it one of the best places to live, it’s vital this initiative makes it back on the ballot to preserve and protect our parks, trails, and open spaces.
of Douglas County residents agree preserving natural land and wildlife habit is important
of Douglas County residents think funding county and municipal parks and outdoor recreation is important
of Douglas County residents believe funding historic preservation and maintenance is important
SIGN OUR LETTER OF SUPPORT
Support the Open Space Continuation Initiative for Douglas County. The parks, trails, and open space we enjoy today needs to extend beyond 2023 to protect our regional park enhancements for Highland Heritage Park, Challenger Park, and the Bluffs Regional Park, as well many other parks.
We also have hundreds of miles of trails, like the Cherry Creek trail, Colorado Front Range trail and the East-West Regional trail for everyone to enjoy.
The Initiative also supports the acquisition of historic building sites like Prairie Canyon Ranch and Sandstone Ranch.
Douglas County has joined with many other counties in Colorado to preserve our historic heritage, our buffers between communities and our parks and trails system by funding through a sales and use tax of .017 cents, in other words, 17 cents per hundred dollars. In addition, Douglas County gets close to $3 of matching funds for every $1 dollar raised by the sales and use tax.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
In Just 3 Easy Steps You Can Help Protect Douglas County Parks, Trails and Open Space!
FILL OUT FORM TO SIGN LETTER
Attend the Board of County Commissioners Meeting on August 23rd @ 1:30 p.m.