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 1,300 acres of solely and jointly owned designated open space and numerous miles of open space trails contribute to the small town feel residents and businesses find appealing. 


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


    2013 Parks, Recreation, Open Space & Trails Master Plan 
    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 - November 2013
    Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Coyote Conflict Brochure
    Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Coyote Field Signage