The Metro District preserves more than 2,200 acres of open space areas in the community. These areas are undeveloped natural areas recognized by their mixed grass prairie environment. They are home to a variety of wildlife, birds and native plants. The open space is also intended to be used for utilities including water, sewer, gas and electric. These natural areas also serve as an important drainage system managed by Metro District staff to prevent erosion of the area. More than 4,000 homes back to the open space areas in Highlands Ranch.
The goals of the Metro District Open Space staff are to:
- Manage open space as a healthy, natural system, as natural areas, trail corridors and wildlife corridors.
- Manage outdoor recreation activities in the open space to ensure they are safe, enjoyable, and have minimal impact on natural resources.
- Manage the open space as a storm drainage system to prevent erosion, control runoff and enhance riparian/wetland areas.
If you have questions about living near open space, including wildlife issues, protecting pets in your backyard, the threat of wildland fire, noxious weed management, and best open space management practices, visit the Open Space Information Center. The center provides information to address these and other commonly asked questions about living near open space.