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​Open Space & Project Management

Open Space and Project Management Division

The Open Space and Project Management Division is responsible for the planning, design, rehabilitation and inspection of Thornton parks and open space capital projects.  Each year, the city receives requests from residents for improvements throughout the city.  During the annual budget cycle, an ongoing list is updated and reviewed for consideration.  All requests received during the current year, and requests from past years that have not been funded, compete for annual funding along with other city needs for roads, water/sewer, traffic, parks maintenance and repairs, etc.

The division also works with the Parks and Open Space Advisory Commission (POSAC) in implementing and updating the city's Parks and Open Space Master Plan, updating the Parks and Open Space and Trails User Map and making recommendations to city council on acquisitions and development with parks and open space tax funds.

Feel free to contact Diane Van Fossen, Capital Projects and Planning Manager, at diane.vanfossen@cityofthornton.net with questions.

Parks & Open Space Advisory Commission (POSAC)

The Parks and Open Space Advisory Commission (POSAC) is a City Council appointed nine-member Commission charged with updating the Parks and Open Space Master Plan and making project recommendations to City Council. The Commission generally meets four times a year, on the fourth Tuesday of January, April, July and October. Normally the meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and are held at the Carpenter Recreation Center, 11151 Colorado Boulevard.

If you are interested in attending one of the meetings, please call 303-255-7831 in advance to ensure that the date and/or location have not changed.