• Beaver Ranch Master Plan

     

  • Background

    Since 2001, Beaver Ranch Park has served as a community recreation destination located in the Conifer area. Purchased by Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS), the Park is operated and maintained by the nonprofit group, Beaver Ranch Coalition, Inc. (BRCI)

    In 2015 JCOS applied for community assistance with the National Park Service, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program. In January 2016 a team convened on-site to kick off this Beaver Ranch Master Plan project. In April, 2016 Tom O’Connell, President, BRCI Board of Directors, introduced this project at the Conifer Town Hall meeting.

    Project Goals

    Develop a Beaver Ranch Master Plan acknowledging this park is a destination like no other, with 450 acres of beautiful mountainous landscapes and stunning views, to provide local and regional recreation amenities to the greater Conifer community.

    The goal is to create a Master Plan that will serve the Conifer community with a vision and plan that can be implemented over time. Given the age of many of the buildings on site and variety of amenities currently offered it is important to have a community driven public process to inform both the BRCI Board and JCOS as to the ultimate dreams and realistic means to provide for this property.

    Park Region

    The area served by Beaver Ranch Park is the southwestern portion of unincorporated Jefferson County, including the Evergreen and Indian Hills communities to the north, the Pike National Forest to the south and the communities of Pine and Buffalo Creek.

    US Highway 285 is the primary access road for the majority of the area, including the communities of Conifer and Aspen Park, as well as points west along the Highway 285 corridor, including the town of Bailey in adjoining Park County.

    Community Survey

    Jefferson County Open Space, with assistance from The National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) is supporting Beaver Ranch Community Inc. in developing a Master Plan for Beaver Ranch Park. This 450-acre park is owned by Jeffco Open Space, and is managed by Beaver Ranch Community Inc. through a cooperative agreement. A community survey was conducted in 2016 to gather input from the community and help to develop a Master Plan that addresses community needs and desires.