DRAFT PLAN SLATED FOR AUGUST REVIEW Pitkin County Open Space and Trails is updating the Moore Open Space Management Plan this year. Concurrently, the city of Aspen is creating a management plan for the adjacent Marolt-Thomas Open Space. While the planning processes will be separate, the plans will acknowledge the connections and attributes shared by these two, complementary open spaces.
An initial public survey on Moore Open Space concluded on July 12. The input will help inform a draft management plan that will be presented to the Open Space and Trails Board on Aug. 15. Public comment on the draft plan will be accepted starting Aug. 26. A full schedule of this planning process is posted below.
A BIT OF BACKGROUND Moore Open Space was the first major open space purchase for Pitkin County Open Space and Trails. The fledgling open space program acquired the 64.87-acre parcel, on the west corner of Hwy. 82 and Maroon Creek Road, in July 1992. A management plan for the property was adopted in 2001 and is due for an update. The 2001 plan is available below.
The county's purchase of the Moore property, combined with the city of Aspen's adjacent, 74-acre Marolt-Thomas Open Space to the east of the Maroon Creek Road roundabout, helps create a scenic buffer of open land along Hwy. 82 at the edge of Aspen.
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.