Parks & Open Space is considering refinements to the current management plan to better balance the multiple uses of Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm.
Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm
Management Plan Update
The primary objectives of the plan update are:
- Create a working document that shows and respects the values and interests of all stakeholders.
- Is balanced, flexible, and innovative in its approach.
- Has been thoroughly analyzed through a thorough and transparent process.
- Limits current and future conflicts.
- Provides for the preservation and management of the area’s important agricultural, natural, cultural, and recreational resources.
The updated management plan is envisioned to:
- Document the most up-to-date information about the property including its agricultural, natural, cultural, and recreational resources and open space activities.
- Identify opportunities for enhancement to balance and optimize multiple resource priorities.
- Consider input from public stakeholders and agency partners.
- Inform future budget allocations and annual funding requests.
The public is encouraged to continue submitting comments using the online form. All comments will become part of the public record and are visible on the public comments page.
Comments will be considered by the project team and included in the management plan packet for POSAC and county commissioners as it moves through the decision process.
POSAC on April 23
Staff presented an update at a virtual meeting of the Parks & Open Space Advisory Board (POSAC) on April 23. The update included analysis of public comments received thus far. The meeting was livestreamed and allowed the public to submit written comments which were read to POSAC members for their consideration.
Open House on March 11
An open house was held on March 11. Staff shared information and gathered input on what is working well, areas for enhancement, and opportunities and constraints to consider in developing redefined management direction.
Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm is a multi-faceted open space that encompasses a wide variety of resource activities including agriculture and water resources, wildlife, plant ecology, trails and recreation, education and outreach, cultural and historic preservation.
Purchased beginning in 1980, it is located along Highway 287 and Dillon Road and encompasses approximately 1,130 acres. The property borders the City and County of Broomfield to the south and City of Lafayette to the northwest. The current management plan was adopted in 2002. Key features include:
- An active producing farm with irrigated and dryland cropland and rangeland.
- Leases for agricultural operation and Birds of Prey Foundation rehabilitation center.
- Over three miles of public trails including the Rock Creek Regional Trail and the Stearns Lake Trailhead with access to fishing and picnic facilities.
- Visited by over 70,000 recreationalists in 2018.
- Locally designated cultural landscape with seven prehistoric and 18 historic sites.
- Three designated Critical Wildlife Habitat areas, a 40-acre prairie dog preserve, and an additional 158-acre Habitat Conservation Area for prairie dogs.
- Two riparian creek corridors, 25+ acres of wetlands, and 64+ acres of significant natural communities include native short-grass prairie.
- Four operating oil and gas wells.