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Posted on: June 21, 2019

Open houses to kick off planning for Moore, Marolt open spaces

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails and City of Aspen Parks and Open Space will kick off planning for Moore Open Space and the adjacent Marolt-Thomas Open Space with a pair of outreach events, on June 25th and June 26th.

Public input into the management of these two open spaces at the entrance to Aspen is welcome.

On Tuesday, June 25th, open space staff from both the city and county will host an open house at Aspen’s Red Brick dance studio, 110 E. Hallam St., from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Staffers will be available to answer questions and the county will make a brief survey available for initial input into planning the management of Moore Open Space. The questionnaire is also available online, at (click on the Moore Open Space Management Plan link).  The city will have a survey available at (the survey will become available after June 25th).

City and county staff will be on site at Marolt-Thomas Open Space from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26th to engage with citizens at the open space.

Pitkin County purchased the 65-acre Moore Open Space, located west of the Hwy. 82/Maroon Creek Road roundabout, in 1992. A management plan for the property was adopted in 2001 and is due for an update.

The city of Aspen owns the 74-acre Marolt-Thomas Open Space to the east of the roundabout.

The two historic ranching properties are linked by pedestrian bridges and both contain wintertime ski trails that are part of the Aspen-Snowmass Nordic Trail System. Bike/walking trails also cross both properties. The Marolt-Thomas Open Space also features the Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum, Aspen Community Garden and a paraglider landing zone.

The planning processes for these two properties will occur separately, with the city working toward a management plan for the Marolt-Thomas Open Space while Pitkin County Open Space and Trails updates the 2001 Moore Open Space Management Plan. Both plans will, however, will acknowledge the connections and attributes shared by the two open spaces.


Lindsey Utter, Planning and Outreach Manager

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails or 970-920-5224

Ben Carlsen, Open Space and Natural Resource Manager

Aspen Parks and Open Space or 970-429-2034

Moore Open Space

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