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Projects & Planning

The Projects and Planning Division is primarily responsible for the planning and design of the city's parks and open space capital projects, implemtation of the Thornton Parks and Open Space Master Plan, liaison with the Parks and Open Space Advisory Commission, and administration of grant program as it relates to projects. 

Each year, the city receives requests from residents for improvements throughout the city.  During the annual budget cycle, an ongoing list is updated and reviewed for consideration.  All requests received during the current year, and requests from past years that have not been funded, compete for annual funding along with other city needs for roads, water/sewer, traffic, parks maintenance and repairs, etc.  For information on parks and recreation related capital projects in progress, please click on the Capital Improvements Project link on the right side of the page.

The Division also works with the Parks and Open Space Advisory Commission (POSAC) in implementing and updating the city's Parks and Open Space Master Plan, updating the Trails User Map and making recommendations to city council on acquisitions and development with parks and open space tax funds.

Feel free to contact Diane Van Fossen, Deputy Director, at diane.vanfossen@thorntonco.gov if you have any questions or need additional information.

Parks & Open Space Advisory Commission (POSAC)

The Parks and Open Space Advisory Commission (POSAC) is a City Council appointed nine-member Commission charged with updating the Parks and Open Space Master Plan and making project recommendations to City Council. The Commission generally meets four times a year, on the fourth Tuesday of January, April, July and October. Normally the meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and are held at the at either Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center located at 11151 Colorado Blvd. or at Trail Winds Recreation Center located at 13495 Holly St.

If you are interested in attending one of the meetings or have questions, please call 303-255-7843 in advance to ensure that the date and/or location have not changed.