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About

The Breckenridge Open Space & Trails program started as a grassroots initiative by Breckenridge residents, who proposed an open space tax initiative in response to increasing development in the Town. In 1996, Breckenridge residents voted to add a permanent 0.5% sales tax for open space acquisition and management. The Open Space & Trails program was founded in 1997.

In 1997, Town of Breckenridge citizens voted to add a .5% sales tax to be used exclusively for open space acquisition and management. Since that time, 4,425 acres of land have been acquired and protected as public open space. Over 47 miles of trails have been built and maintained to provide public recreational access. Preserving and providing access to backcountry trails from most neighborhoods in Town has been a priority of the program. The program is overseen by the Breckenridge Open Space Advisory Commission (BOSAC) and the Breckenridge Town Council.
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State of the Open Space Report 2023



Preserve lands that define and enhance the unique mountain character of the Town of Breckenridge, with the objective of maintaining our community’s quality of life for present and future generations.


Strategic GOals

We value conservation as the foundation for protection of open space and natural resources.
We value access and the responsible use of open space for recreation that is safe, based on sustainable principles, and enhances the experience with proper etiquette and respectful behavior.
We are committed to facilitating the inclusion of all groups of people (both residents & visitors) with access to the OST system to enjoy recreation while learning about convervation.
We take pride in our approach, commitment, and diligence in the conservation and management of open space, hoping to inspire other communities with our leadership and influence, to do the same.

The purpose of the Breckenridge Open Space program is to preserve lands that define and enhance the unique mountain character of the Town of Breckenridge, with the goal of maintaining our community’s quality of life for present and future generations. Through property acquisition and management, the program protects public open space lands that contain trails, sensitive natural resources, historical sites, view corridors or other open space and community conservation values.

BOSAC

The Breckenridge Open Space Advisory Commission (BOSAC) is a six-member citizen advisory commission appointed by the Town Council. In addition, a Town Council member is appointed annually as the seventh member to serve as the Town Council liaison. In essence, BOSAC represents the Breckenridge community and serves as a sounding board for OST program activities. BOSAC receives regular updates about the OST program and advises Town Council on expenditures of open space funds, including matters of open space and trails acquisitions, protection, and management. During the BOSAC meetings, OST staff provides a summary of activities and participates in discussions. BOSAC members must be Town residents or elected officials.