Protecting Our Outdoor Spaces is the Easiest Way to Maintain Our Quality of Life



Preserved 64,544 acres. That’s the size of three Highlands Ranch developments that protects wildlife, our natural resources, and our way of life.

Provided more than 100 miles of soft-surface trails.

Protected our history of the native Americans and pioneer settlers.

Created an urban buffer so that Denver and Colorado Springs will never become a giant metroplex.

Great financial returns by using our tax money wisely. For every $1 used to protect open space, our funding partners provide $2.92. Improved the quality of open space rangeland through a public/private grazing partnership. This includes having cows eat weeds.

Preserved the dark sky at Sandstone Ranch to watch the stars.

Protected valuable wildlife habitat for deer, elk and other wildlife species.

Created a place to go without traffic.

Created places to connect with nature and our families and friends.

Partnered with municipalities to protect open space within towns.

Provided revenue sharebacks to Parker, Castle Rock, and Larkspur that funded parks, open space, and improvements.

Provide opportunities for volunteers and educational programs.

Open lands protect and clean our waterways.


Protected and restored numerous historic structures such as the barn at Prairie Canyon Ranch and Spring Valley School.

Spring Valley School: In 2019, the County self-funded a project for the restoration of the Spring Valley schoolhouse, barn, and coal shed in Larkspur. The Spring Valley school is one of Douglas County first schools and is a great example of a one-room schoolhouse from the late 1800’s.

Rock Ridge Cemetery: In 2021, the County self-funded the restoration of 30 headstones, including footstones. The headstones and footstones were cleaned and stabilized. The Rock Ridge Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Douglas County and dates to the 1870’s.

Greenland Post Office: The County received a grant from the Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF) in 2019 to perform restoration and stabilization of the concrete foundation and walls of the post office. The County is continuing to work with the SHP to determine the most appropriate treatment to the exterior of the building. The post office was a known gathering place for many of our early settlers.

Miksch Helmer Cabin: In 2018, the County was awarded a SHF grant. The work began in 2022 sill log replacement on north elevation along with site grading and wall stabilization. The Miksch-Helmer cabin is one of the County’s oldest structures in the Chatfield Valley.

Prairie Canyon Ranch: In 2022 work will begin on the historic ranch barn to stabilize the structure. Site grading will be required to ensure further destabilization does not occur. The saloon will have foundation work will also be completed along with site grading. Prairie Canyon Ranch is one of the County’s oldest working ranches.

Evans Homestead: The County will self-fund stabilization of the foundation, walls, and floors starting in September 2022. The Evans Homestead is significant to the County as one of our earliest 2-story houses in the County.


Vote yes on your ballot by
November 8, 2022


Your donation spurs needing planning and action to preserve our open spaces

*Paid for by the Douglas County Open Space Initiative. Registered agent Michella Clark.


Thanks to your tremendous support and votes, ballot measure 1A passed with more than 87% of the vote! For the next 15 years, Douglas County parks, trails, historic resources, and open space will continue to be protected thanks to you!