Cozens Ranch Open Space

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FRASER RIVER CORRIDOR MASTER PLAN

Introduction 

This page is dedicated to the Master Plan for the Fraser River Corridor through Cozens Ranch Open Space. This 120-acre open space area is the largest intact piece of healthy riparian habitat in the Town of Fraser and Winter Park. It includes over 3 miles of the Fraser River, an expansive floodplain that serves as vital wildlife habitat and is an important recreational amenity for the Town of Fraser. This Master Plan was funded by a $65,000 Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Planning Grant.  

The purpose of this Master Plan is to create a community driven vision for Cozens Ranch Open Space that identifies needs, goals and strategies to activate this under utilized 120 acre open space asset. 

To achieve this vision, the Master Plan used public input and technical analysis to create the following goals. These goals influenced the Master Plan recommendations and should be used as a guide for future design in the corridor. 

GOAL #1: Create an implementable community driven vision for Cozens Ranch Open Space that identifies open space needs, goals
and strategies to activate this under-utilized 120-acre open space asset and acquire additional funding with project partners for
priority projects in 2018.
GOAL #2: Build a consensus for the planning effort with the desired outcome of protecting the land, river and wildlife while increasing
river access, recreational activities and educational opportunities in order to connect residents and visitors to the beauty and
serenity of the Fraser River.
GOAL #3: Protect, connect and inspire.
GOAL #4: Use the Fraser River Corridor as a major local and regional asset to expand the existing tourist industry and to build and
support economic diversification.
GOAL #5: Develop a balance between recreation and preservation to create a successful river corridor in Cozens Ranch Open Space.
GOAL #6: Activate the Lions Ponds area through the creation of a safe, visible riverside park, which provides ADA accessible
opportunities that support the inclusion of all user groups.
GOAL #7: Improve parking within and enhance public transportation to get to the project area.
GOAL #8: Increase internal pedestrian and bicycle circulation through the creation of looped trails and trail connections to adjacent
neighborhoods in the Fraser Valley.
GOAL #9: Increase user safety by minimizing conflicts between user groups, improve visibility and reduce pedestrian and wildlife
conflicts.
GOAL #10: Reduce pet waste in order to improve quality of the open space experience and mitigate the negative impact on water
quality.

Pilot Project 

The pilot project, along side six other projects identified in the Master Plan, is an initial project to reconstruct the majority if the trails around the Lions Ponds to provide ADA access. This project will also plant a border of shade trees on the southern edge of the Lions Ponds. This project was selected for the following reasons: improves ADA accessibility; visually striking from US Highway 40; improves natural aesthetics and ecosystem processes; and finally creates more pleasant recreational experiences around the Lions Ponds. The Town of Fraser has received one bid for the project from Skinny Traffic LLC., a local based company out of Fraser. The Fraser Town Board unanimously approved the bid award and the pilot project will be completed in September 2018. 

Pilot Project Snip

For more information regarding the Master Plan and succeeding projects. Go to Fraser River Corridor Master Plan