Imagine the Future of Your Open Space!

Welcome to Midpen’s Imagine the Future of Open Space, our multi-year project to develop a District-wide vision for regional open space. Our vision planning process has integrated comprehensive public input with robust scientific analysis. The outcomes will guide the District's work for the next 20-40 years and beyond.


In mid-May, Midpen will release the Vision Plan Report and Conservation Atlas online. The Vision Plan represents 18-months of civic engagement and research to create a community-based regional vision for open space. Over 2,200 people participated in the creation of this landmark open space planning document.

Top 25 Future Open Space Projects

Project Areas
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Download the Top 25 Future Open Space Projects

The Vision Plan includes 54 projects, including a slate of 25 highest priority regional open space projects ranging from opening preserves and building trail connections to improving water quality, protecting the coastline, restoring forestlands, and creating wildlife corridors in an increasingly urbanized region.

The District Vision Plan Process: Imagine the Future

The Vision Plan has allowed Midpen to engage and inspire the public, both by providing information about the District and by involving the community in the creation of a shared vision for the future.

Midpen’s goals during this period were to:
  • Enhance visibility and overall organizational sustainability;
  • Build alignment between the District, its partners, and surrounding communities;
  • Create an informed public, who knows what the District does and feels part of it; and
  • Define those priorities that have the greatest public support.

Community Advisory Committee

The Vision Plan project included a volunteer Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to participate in the process as an important component of the overall strategy to meaningfully engage the public in the planning process and build support for the District.

The CAC members represented the seven District wards, major stakeholder groups consisting of Agriculture, Rural Communities, Urban Communities, Environment/Open Space, Trails/Recreation, Education, and Public Safety, and other interests.

Public Meetings

After months of community engagement and environmental analysis, Midpen had a series of public workshops to share results and seek additional public comments to help define and prioritize potential open space projects. These meetings were held in various cities in October and November 2013.


Latest News
Ancient Oaks Trail Extension Now Open! The new trail is the final phase of the POST-funded Mindego Gateway Project, and connects the new Mindego Parking Lot with Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve’s popular multi-use trail network.  More>>


Additional Information

Top 25 Future Open Space Projects
(March 20, 2014)

Printable Materials
Public Deliberation Summary Report pdf and
Report Appendicespdf
(January 10, 2014)

District factsheet

Vision Plan brochure

Study Session
(July 24, 2013)

Board report
(June 12, 2013)

Study Session
(March 13, 2013)

Board agenda + report
(January 15, 2013)

Study Session
(November 28, 2012)

Study Session
(October 10, 2012)

Informational Report
(June 27, 2012)

District Community Events


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