Open Space

Why Is Open Space Land Important?

  • To preserve or restore natural areas, including the plants and animals that live there
  • To protect water resources and wildlife habitats
  • To provide a place for light recreational use such as walking, photography, or nature studies
  • To retain land for agricultural use
  • To safeguard the land for its contribution to your quality of life and the value of your home
  • To shape the development of the city and limit urban noise and congestion


Lafayette’s 1,466 acres of solely and jointly owned designated open space and 20+ miles of open space trails contribute to the small town feel residents and businesses find appealing. 

Education & Outreach

City of Lafayette Open Space offers a series of programming and educational activities that assist the public in understanding our natural surroundings.  The programs, seminars and classes are managed by Naturalist, Martin Ogle from Entrepreneurial Earth who is contracted with the City.  The links below will guide visitors to various offerings and activities designed by Martin which aim to enhance the public's interaction with Open Space. 


The Open Space Division is 100% funded by two local sales and use tax initiatives: 
  • Legacy – 0.25% for land acquisition and maintenance
  • POST (Parks, Open Space & Trails) - 0.25% for maintenance, enhancements, and preservation


    2019 Parks, Recreation, Open Space & Trails Master Plan (PROST Plan Update 2019)
          (2013 PROST Master Plan can also be found at the above link)
    Nature Kids - Community Engagement Report     
    Open Space Advisory Committee  
    Open Space and Trail Regulations 
    Parks and Open Space Trail Map 2016 

    City of Lafayette Prairie Dog Management Policy - August 2017
    Prairie Dog Management Category Designations - October 2005

   Prairie Dog Management Category Designations - November 2013
   Prairie Dog Management Category Designations - September 2016

    Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Coyote Conflict Brochure

    Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Coyote Field Signage