Boulder County Parks & Open Space has completed the management plan for Prairie Run Open Space (East Boulder Creek) in Erie. Our last update to you on March 5 was about the Boulder County Commissioner hearing on January 28. At that time, they did not vote to approve a plan and also talked about not allowing access in the northeast section of the property.

At the next March 28 hearing, Boulder County Commissioners voted 2-0 to pass the East Boulder Creek Site Management Plan for Prairie Run Open Space with the following amendments:

· No dogs allowed on Prairie Run Open Space.
· Remove soft-surface trails north of Kenosha Pond Critical Wildlife Habitat and east of Coal Creek, including eliminating the bridge crossing Coal Creek.
· Amend language regarding regulatory signage to ensure inclusive language.
· Amend language regarding work with indigenous communities.
· Proceed with parking access on 109th with a maximum of 30 spaces. Staff will continue conversations and negotiate with the Town of Erie to develop an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for future parking opportunities on Erie’s open space. At this time, proceed with parking access on the southwest side of Prairie Run Open Space; trailhead and parking lot to be located off 109th Street and have a maximum of 30 parking spaces. If an IGA with Erie is reached before construction of this referenced trailhead parking infrastructure, staff must bring the management plan back to BOCC to reconsider the size of parking on 109th Street.

BMA is glad to hear that Boulder County will continue to work with the Town of Erie for some sort of connection between the planned Coal Creek trail expansion and northeast section near Kenosha Pond.

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