Mines Professor Donna Anderson conducts an educational tour of the Kinney Run Open Space.

Here are some of the things we have been busy with!

▪ Attained non-profit status, formed a Steering Committee and created our website.
▪ Conducted two landmark geology/history tours of Kinney Run Open Space led by Mines Professor Donna Anderson and Councilor Paul Haseman that highlighted the unique and special aspects of this open space. The feedback from these tours will help develop future educational tours of Golden’s other open spaces. Professor Anderson conducted a similar tour of the North Hogback Open Space which is a National Natural Landmark.
▪ Conducted a landmark botanical field trip of the North Washington Open Space for the Golden Parks, Recreation and Museum Advisory Board to explain the significance and importance of the native prairie located there. This tour was led by a member of our steering committee, Tom Schweich.
▪ Met with Jeffco Open Space staff to learn about best practices for cultural, wildlife, botanic, geologic and hydrologic assessment processes for open space assets and set the ground work for an ongoing working relationship.
▪ Established a working group to research best practices for open space planning and preservation across Colorado.
▪ Currently supporting the development of a City of Golden Open Space Master Plan that will provide clear and thoughtful guidance for the preservation, protection, management, use and future of our open space. As a result of our advocacy, funding for such a plan is in the current draft of the 2020 Capital Improvements Budget.
▪ Attended multiple meetings with city officials and staff to introduce ourselves and gain their support for our mission.
▪ Reached out to and begun forming alliances with other open space preservation and stakeholder organizations.
▪ Prepared educational materials about our open space elements and assets and submitted articles to local publications to introduce ourselves and our mission and gather community support.
▪ We are participating in local community events, like the Golden Gallop and Golden Nonprofit Expo, and sponsoring community events like the Coyote 5K fundraiser, to publicize our mission and gather community support.