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Ed Neville

Within the City of Westminster, there are approximately 150 miles of trails, most of which wind through the open space and provide access to magnificent views, wildlife corridors, and natural beauty. There are five regional trails, 15 loop systems, 12 park loops, plus minor trails that, when combined, add up to 50 different trails within the system. The five regional trails include Big Dry Creek Trail, Little Dry Creek Trail, Farmers’ High Line Canal Trail, U.S. 36 Bikeway, and the Rocky Mountain Greenway Trail. Get more information on trails.

In 1985, voters in Westminster approved a sales tax specifically earmarked to acquire and preserve open space. At that time, Westminster was the second municipality in Colorado to implement an open space program. Since then, Westminster has preserved over 3,700 acres throughout the city and has accomplished the original goal of preserving 15% of the city’s land area. This accomplishment demonstrates the city’s commitment to preservation, conservation and resource sustainability.

In 2016, Open Space became a separate division within the Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department with 17 full-time employees. Teams within the Open Space Division oversee open space and trail maintenance, urban forestry, community gardens, dog parks, volunteers, grants, outdoor recreation, nature programs, and Standley Lake Regional Park. 

View the Open Space Stewardship Plan


McKay Lake/Ketner Lake Non-Motorized Boating

Apply for a permit by filling out the McKay Lake/Ketner Lake Special Use Permit. Once completed, please send to

35 years of Open Space celebrated with video series 


To celebrate 35 years of the open space preservation and stewardship, staff will be at different open space locations in the city throughout the year, connecting with residents and highlighting unique features in a new #OnTheTrail video series.



Amanda Schreck

Administrative Assistant