Open Space and Trails Strategic Plan

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A paved trail located near Coyote Gulch playground.

Windsor Open Space & Trails Strategic Plan Adopted
The Windsor Open Space & Trails Strategic Plan was adopted by Town Board on March 28, 2022. Thanks to participants for sharing their feedback.

Project Background

In 2021, the Town of Windsor Open Space and Trails Division will be completing a Strategic Plan to guide the division for the next 5-10 years in the acquisition of open spaces and determine priority trail development. Survey results from the 2019 Parks, Recreation and Culture Strategic Plan demonstrated that the Windsor community is eager to have more access and opportunities to engage with open spaces and trails. The goal for completing an Open Spaces and Trails Strategic Plan is to better define community expectations and, more specifically, provide guidance on how to meet those expectations.

The Open Space and Trails Division is currently responsible for properties that are maintained for conservation of natural habitats for native species, preservation of agricultural lands, or watershed areas for the improvement of water quality. It also maintains paved and unpaved through-ways that connect Windsor residents to key destinations such as downtown, other neighborhoods, along with parks and open spaces.

Windsor Open Space & Trails Strategic Plan Adopted
The Windsor Open Space & Trails Strategic Plan was adopted by Town Board on March 28, 2022. Thanks to participants for sharing their feedback.

Project Background

In 2021, the Town of Windsor Open Space and Trails Division will be completing a Strategic Plan to guide the division for the next 5-10 years in the acquisition of open spaces and determine priority trail development. Survey results from the 2019 Parks, Recreation and Culture Strategic Plan demonstrated that the Windsor community is eager to have more access and opportunities to engage with open spaces and trails. The goal for completing an Open Spaces and Trails Strategic Plan is to better define community expectations and, more specifically, provide guidance on how to meet those expectations.

The Open Space and Trails Division is currently responsible for properties that are maintained for conservation of natural habitats for native species, preservation of agricultural lands, or watershed areas for the improvement of water quality. It also maintains paved and unpaved through-ways that connect Windsor residents to key destinations such as downtown, other neighborhoods, along with parks and open spaces.

Questions for the project team

We want this to be a comprehensive process to help ensure we capture any of your questions about what is or what could be related to Windsor's Open Spaces and Trails.  Take a moment and let us know what nagging questions you have.

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    What can we do to help preserve "unsightly" habitat, such as snags (dead trees), brush piles, etc?

    windsortrees asked 10 months ago

    When the Town acquires a property that contains riparian areas or other habitat, a management plan will be developed which will identify habitat areas and specific management strategies.  Generally in Open Space and Trails, we strive to preserve habitat on the properties we manage.            

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    If the Town is looking to acquire, support, and help conserve agricultural lands, are there any plans to help introduce sustainable agricultural practices? Examples could include limited tilling, avoidance of monoculture fields, and limiting the use of synthetic OR organic herbicides/pesticides.

    windsortrees asked 10 months ago

    Great question and thank you so much for inquiring.   This is a great point that we will add to the overall strategic plan.  I imagine that it would initially be inserted as a goal/ philosophy regarding management of agricultural areas.  Typically, when we acquire a parcel of land, we develop a management plan for each site that will identify in more detail strategies like this.  

    Thank you for reaching out. 

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    Cottonwoods are an important component of our Riparian zones. Are there any plans to rehabilitate the riparian portions of our open spaces, especially as we gain new land that had a different use previously (gravel pits, for example)?

    windsortrees asked 10 months ago

    Great question, solid point and thank you so much for inquiring.    This is a great point that we will add to the overall strategic plan to look for opportunities to rehabilitate riparian areas.   If we acquire properties that contain riparian areas, we will typically develop a management plan for each site that will identify in more detail strategies like this.  

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    Will you be adding anything to north Windsor? Specifically the areas that are up by the ridge at harmony road?

    Kerbear31 asked 12 months ago

    The current Parks, Recreation & Culture Master Plan identifies adding trails to the north that would connect Harmony Ridge to paved trails to the south. We do not have a time frame for development but it has been included. We anticipate another survey to come out soon that will give residents the opportunity to prioritize trail route development and the trails to the north will be included in that communication. 

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