Open space lands offer a respite from everyday life, an oasis of nature and fresh air, and an opportunity to experience and learn about the diverse natural environment that contributes to our quality of life in the Bay Area.
To acquire and preserve a regional greenbelt of open space land in perpetuity, protect and restore the natural environment, and provide opportunities for ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education.
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's purpose is to purchase, permanently protect, and restore lands forming a regional open space greenbelt, preserve unspoiled wilderness, wildlife habitat, watershed, viewshed, and fragile ecosystems, and provide opportunities for low-intensity recreation and environmental education.
The District works to form a continuous greenbelt of permanently preserved open space by linking its lands with other public parklands. The District also participates in cooperative efforts such as the Bay Trail, Ridge Trail, and Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail, which are regional trail systems in the Bay Area that include District lands.
The District has permanently preserved nearly 62,000 acres of mountainous, foothill, and bayland open space, creating 26 open space preserves (24 of which are open to the public). The District covers an area of 550 square miles and includes 17 cities (Atherton, Cupertino, East Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Menlo Park, Monte Sereno, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, and Woodside).
For the next 15 to 20 years and beyond the District imagines a future that equally balances the three components of our mission: preserving open space, protecting and restoring the natural environment, and providing public access and education. The adopted strategic plan will guide decisions to achieve the most beneficial impact with the available resources.
The Districtís primary revenue source is a share of the annual total property tax collected within the District. In fiscal year 2013-2014, this amounted to $32.4 million in tax revenue, a 7% increase from the previous fiscal year. Other revenue sources may include federal and state grants, interest and rental income, donations, land gifts, and note issues. The District has remained fiscally stable over the past 42 years because of its continued focus on fiscal discipline. A financial profile is published every year in the Annual Report issue of Open Space Views.
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District gladly accepts your donation to assist in carrying out our mission of preserving open space for future generations. Donate online using our convenient and secure credit card processing system. Or, if you prefer to contribute offline, simply complete the donation form and mail it with your check to the District address. If you have questions, please call the administrative office 650-691-1200 for more information.
Please contact us if you would like information about gifts of land or property. Gifts to the District are treated the same as gifts to other charitable organizations under state and federal tax laws. Donations are tax deductible.