It’s difficult for me to convey how much Boulder’s Open Space matters to me. As a volunteer firefighter, I regularly put myself between Open Space and wildland fires that threaten to consume it.
I was born and raised in Boulder, and have worked for most of my life in Boulder. So I know Boulder Open Space very well. I’ve lived near it, and have hiked Open Space with my family in all seasons — sun, rain, or snow.
My passion for Open Space was a key factor in my decision to become a volunteer firefighter.
Open Space is one of the “crown jewels” of Boulder itself, and is one of the principal legacies of our amazing city. In 1967, Boulder became the first city in the nation to tax itself to ensure the preservation of its parks and prevent urban sprawl.
I’m keenly aware that we must make sure that Open Space is protected and expanded, both for ourselves, and for our children.
As such, I look forward to working on the Open Space Master Plan, which will be coming up for renewal and revision in 2018. Because of rapid growth in Boulder and the Front Range, our Open Space system is under more pressure than ever before.
In order to reduce overcrowding of trails and parking areas at trailheads, we should explore user fees for out-of-town visitors. Such programs are already in place in the Dowdy Draw area.
I support a balance of recreational uses and environmental preservation of Open Space, as well as enhanced acquisition and maintenance of trails.
I’m opposed to splitting off taxes to the general fund from existing Open Space levies – and would support renewal of Open Space taxes.