2021 Marolt Open Space Management Plan

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The Marolt Open Space

The Marolt Open Space is a significant property within the City of Aspen's portfolio of open space lands. Today, this 74.5 acre property hosts a mining & ranching museum, community garden, wildlife habitat, buffer zones between developed and natural areas, Nordic ski trails, a paraglider landing zone, and bike paths that are vital community connectors. Bordered by Castle Creek Road, Moore Open Space, the Roundabout, Highway 82, Power Plant Road, and Castle Creek, the Marolt Open Space consists of open grassy meadows, stands of aspen, cottonwood, and spruce trees, mountain shrublands, willow and cottonwood riparian ecosystems, and fragments of sagebrush ecosystem as well as ponds, wetlands, irrigation ditches, and a reach of Castle Creek. You can read more about the Marolt Open Space history in the Draft Management Plan in the document center to your right.

2021 Management Plan

The Marolt Open Space Management Plan is updated every decade. The ongoing goals are to protect, restore, and preserve the qualities of the Marolt Open Space in the spirit of the acquisition of the property, and in reflection of the values and needs of the natural and human communities that depend upon this space. The Draft Management Plan was compiled through public comments, open house feedback, existing conditions, input from Parks and Open Space staff and Open Space and Trails Board, and stakeholder comments.


Management Plan Goals

This management plan will guide decision-making for the Marolt Open Space into the future. Goals of this plan include:
• Managing for land stewardship and ecological integrity
• Preserving view planes and open space
• Managing for preservation and enhancement of wildlife habitat
• Preservation and interpretation of the historical mining and ranching resources
• Balanced and integrated approaches to public access, recreational uses, and trail management
• Supporting the community garden
• Providing a framework for handling commercial and special events requests

Your Feedback

The Parks and Open Space Department is looking for your input on proposed management actions, which are found in Section 5 of the Draft Plan. They are categorized below for your feedback on the areas most important to you. Each topic links to the page in the document where the management plans are highlighted. You can also find each page on the document library to your right.

  1. Maintenance
  2. Natural Resources
  3. Historical Resources
  4. Recreation and Trails
  5. Interpretation and Education
  6. Agriculture & Community Garden
  7. Special Events

We have closed the discussion on this topic. If you have questions or comments, please email any of the staff in the Who's Listening tab on the right.

Please provide your input on the Forum tab below.

If you have questions, you can leave them in the Questions tab.

Aspen Community Voice will be open for input on these projects through March. Community input will be integrated into the final plan, which will be presented to the Open Space Board for adoption during their regularly scheduled June 2021 meeting.

The Marolt Open Space

The Marolt Open Space is a significant property within the City of Aspen's portfolio of open space lands. Today, this 74.5 acre property hosts a mining & ranching museum, community garden, wildlife habitat, buffer zones between developed and natural areas, Nordic ski trails, a paraglider landing zone, and bike paths that are vital community connectors. Bordered by Castle Creek Road, Moore Open Space, the Roundabout, Highway 82, Power Plant Road, and Castle Creek, the Marolt Open Space consists of open grassy meadows, stands of aspen, cottonwood, and spruce trees, mountain shrublands, willow and cottonwood riparian ecosystems, and fragments of sagebrush ecosystem as well as ponds, wetlands, irrigation ditches, and a reach of Castle Creek. You can read more about the Marolt Open Space history in the Draft Management Plan in the document center to your right.

2021 Management Plan

The Marolt Open Space Management Plan is updated every decade. The ongoing goals are to protect, restore, and preserve the qualities of the Marolt Open Space in the spirit of the acquisition of the property, and in reflection of the values and needs of the natural and human communities that depend upon this space. The Draft Management Plan was compiled through public comments, open house feedback, existing conditions, input from Parks and Open Space staff and Open Space and Trails Board, and stakeholder comments.


Management Plan Goals

This management plan will guide decision-making for the Marolt Open Space into the future. Goals of this plan include:
• Managing for land stewardship and ecological integrity
• Preserving view planes and open space
• Managing for preservation and enhancement of wildlife habitat
• Preservation and interpretation of the historical mining and ranching resources
• Balanced and integrated approaches to public access, recreational uses, and trail management
• Supporting the community garden
• Providing a framework for handling commercial and special events requests

Your Feedback

The Parks and Open Space Department is looking for your input on proposed management actions, which are found in Section 5 of the Draft Plan. They are categorized below for your feedback on the areas most important to you. Each topic links to the page in the document where the management plans are highlighted. You can also find each page on the document library to your right.

  1. Maintenance
  2. Natural Resources
  3. Historical Resources
  4. Recreation and Trails
  5. Interpretation and Education
  6. Agriculture & Community Garden
  7. Special Events

We have closed the discussion on this topic. If you have questions or comments, please email any of the staff in the Who's Listening tab on the right.

Please provide your input on the Forum tab below.

If you have questions, you can leave them in the Questions tab.

Aspen Community Voice will be open for input on these projects through March. Community input will be integrated into the final plan, which will be presented to the Open Space Board for adoption during their regularly scheduled June 2021 meeting.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Please ask your question here.

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    Why don't you enforce the dog on leash rule?

    Bill Schaffer asked 8 months ago

    Our department has over the years adopted a stance of enforcing leash policy on the Aspen Pedestrian Mall, trails and playgrounds, while encouraging watchful off-leash play in open grassy areas and suitable bodies of water.  If people are on the move about town with their pets - be it by trail or street or sidewalk - the leash policy is enforced.  

    The idea here is to allow watchful off-leash play where risk of user conflict is low, and a tangible benefit is gained from the dog’s freedom.  As the law is written, leashes are required in Aspen city limits.  Updates to the municipal code have been considered. 

     

     

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    What is the timeframe for feedback and the process for approval? Thank you

    pgrenney asked 8 months ago

    The plan is to close public comment on March 31.  On April 15 Parks and Open Space staff along with the Open Space and Trails Board will review all the comments received.  The Draft Management Plan will then be brought to Aspen City Council in a worksession in May for comments and then those comments will be incorporated into a final version.  The final version will go in front of the Board for adoption on June 17 at the Board's regularly scheduled meeting from 5 - 7 p.m..

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    What can be done to guarantee a 4 Lane freeway never ever built across this property?

    Carlheck asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for your question.  That is beyond the scope of the Marolt Management Plan, although that issue is addressed briefly in the draft document.  The ultimate decision is not up to the Parks and Open Space Department but rather is up to the voters and the Colorado Department of Transportation.  You can learn more on the issue here: https://www.cityofaspen.com/275/Entrance-to-Aspen

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