Jefferson County Open Space: Golden, Colorado

Over the years, the Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) system in Colorado experienced rapid growth in visitation numbers. Certain park access areas no longer supported visitor demand during peak season and/or during peak hours as a result, generating congested and sometimes unsafe experiences for visitors. Because certain parks have finite space and infrastructure to support current visitor and vehicle use levels, they struggle with a variety of congestion-related issues, all of which include safety concerns.

In order to address various issues from trailhead congestion, multimodal access and impacts to natural resources, JCOS worked with Otak and CDR Associates to develop an access management strategy for popular sites across the system by applying visitor use management principles. The resulting access management report evaluated all relevant considerations within a National Park Service tested process to design an approach specific to JCOS for planning and implementation.


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Project Manager
“What I like most about our work at Otak is my sense of connection with my team and our shared commitment to supporting the mission of our clients”

Steve Lawson

Director of Visitor Use Management

“I like the opportunity to work on projects in places I regularly visit such as bike paths and parks”

Annie Engen

Assistant Research Analyst

Landscape Planner
“There is a vibrant collaboration among my colleagues and when working closely with clients, this leads to successful projects we can all be proud of.”

Cliff Lind


Landscape Architect