Planning for parks tonight |

Planning for parks tonight

City officials seek public input on open space master plan

If you go

What: Open Space and Trails Master Plan public workshop, hosted by City of Steamboat Springs' Department of Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services

When: 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Olympian Hall at the Howelsen Hill Lodge, 845 Howelsen Parkway

Contact: Call Craig Robinson, the city's open space coordinator, at 879-4300 for more information.

— In recent months, city officials have made numerous decisions about development in Steamboat Springs. Tonight, the city will ask residents to talk about areas that will not be developed.

The city’s Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services department is hosting a public workshop at the Howelsen Hill Lodge to help guide the creation of an Open Space and Trails Master Plan. Craig Robinson, the city’s open space coordinator, said the plan is intended to “preserve, protect, enhance and manage” the city’s open space resources.

“This will help determine how Steamboat is shaped in the future,” Robinson said.

The plan also will clarify a vision for future open space and trail use in Steamboat.

“I think the plan will help categorize different lands and define what open space is,” Robinson said. “We’re looking to create standards to categorize lands in a certain way.”

At tonight’s workshop, city staff will provide maps and charts of relevant “sensitive areas,” Robinson said. Sensitive areas can include scenic corridors, wildlife corridors, river corridors and agricultural properties, he added.

Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord said people often have misconceptions about public use of empty or undeveloped lands.

“Public space does not always coincide with open space parcels,” DuBord said. “I think spreading education about that is very important.”

Robinson said he hopes to prepare a first draft of the master plan by November, then submit that draft to the public for another round of comment and input. A final draft will then be submitted to the Steamboat Springs City Council, he said.

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