Our Parks, Our Places: A Plan for Aurora’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space

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Let’s build the future of Aurora together.

The city of Aurora is planning the future of its Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department. The purpose of this project is to understand the community's needs now and into the future.

Aurora has 8,000 acres of open space, 99 developed parks, two reservoirs, three nature centers, five golf courses, six recreation centers and 10 community pools.

You are at the heart of this story. Together, let’s create a parks, open spaces and recreation system throughout Aurora which reflects the beauty and diversity of our community.

What do you want your parks, recreation and open space to look like?


Project Vision and Themes:

Equitable Access: How do we ensure everyone can enjoy Aurora’s parks, programs, events and facilities?

Community Connections: How can Aurora’s diverse communities be celebrated in our parks, open spaces and recreation?

Healthy and Safety: How do we improve health and safety of ourselves, our community and our environment?

Operational Efficiencies: How can we maintain our parks, open spaces and recreation facilities, both new and old?

Sustainable Growth: How can we grow as a city while protecting the nature around us?


To learn more about this project and feedback opportunities, visit projects.sasaki.com/auroraparks.

Questions? Leave a question below and a staff member will be in touch shortly, or email PROSMasterPlan@AuroraGov.org.



Let’s build the future of Aurora together.

The city of Aurora is planning the future of its Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department. The purpose of this project is to understand the community's needs now and into the future.

Aurora has 8,000 acres of open space, 99 developed parks, two reservoirs, three nature centers, five golf courses, six recreation centers and 10 community pools.

You are at the heart of this story. Together, let’s create a parks, open spaces and recreation system throughout Aurora which reflects the beauty and diversity of our community.

What do you want your parks, recreation and open space to look like?


Project Vision and Themes:

Equitable Access: How do we ensure everyone can enjoy Aurora’s parks, programs, events and facilities?

Community Connections: How can Aurora’s diverse communities be celebrated in our parks, open spaces and recreation?

Healthy and Safety: How do we improve health and safety of ourselves, our community and our environment?

Operational Efficiencies: How can we maintain our parks, open spaces and recreation facilities, both new and old?

Sustainable Growth: How can we grow as a city while protecting the nature around us?


To learn more about this project and feedback opportunities, visit projects.sasaki.com/auroraparks.

Questions? Leave a question below and a staff member will be in touch shortly, or email PROSMasterPlan@AuroraGov.org.


  • Share Your Vision with Phase Two Survey

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    Following months of community input regarding Our Parks, Our Places: A Plan for Aurora’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space, the City of Aurora’s Park’s Recreation and Open Space Department and Sasaki Associates are excited to have launched into Phase 2: Visioning. This phase looks to identify and highlight the gaps and needs in the parks, recreation and open space system. This is our time to think big! We want to explore new ideas and ensure our spaces and programming has something to offer for everyone.

    Click here to learn more about Phase 1.

    Share your voice, take the survey today! The second Our Parks, Our Places survey will close on Sunday, Nov. 6. Click here to take the survey.


  • City of Aurora Parks, Recreation and Open Space to Host Master Plan Open Houses

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    Following two months of community input regarding Our Parks, Our Places: A Plan for Aurora’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space, the city of Aurora’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department and Sasaki Associates are hosting two public open houses about the project.

    Open houses will be hosted from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Central Recreation Center, 18150 E. Vassar Place, and from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Moorhead Recreation Center, 2390 Havana St. The planning process is organized around the five key themes of equitable access, community connections, health and safety, operational efficiencies and sustainable growth. To create an inclusive environment, there will be opportunities to provide feedback both in person and virtually.

    The open houses will include multiple stations discussing topics such as public feedback received to date, how Aurora’s park system compares to those of other cities, existing environmental conditions and overall access to the system.

    Key information will be available in Amharic, English, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish and Vietnamese, and interpretation services will be provided at the open houses. Childcare will be available for children 3 years old and older. There will also be food trucks on-site and food truck vouchers for participants.

    Additionally, residents will be able to share their opinion through a new online survey launching Sept. 20. Comments and questions can be shared any time on this website or by email to PROSMasterPlan@AuroraGov.org.

    Residents can also attend the open houses virtually. Click here to join the event from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 (password: 893682) and click here to join the event from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 (password: 370349).

    Sign-up at EngageAurora.org/AuroraParks to stay updated on project news, opportunities to provide input and fun community events happening throughout the summer and fall.

    This project is being led by Sasaki Associates, Inc.

  • Survey 1 Closing Soon

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    Let your voice be heard! The first Our Parks, Our Places survey will close on Sunday, Aug. 28. Visit projects.sasaki.com/auroraparks to take the survey to help the city of Aurora understand how the community uses our system today to shape our system tomorrow. Share your thoughts on what you’d like to see from Parks, Recreation and Open Space any time through Ideas.

    Stay tuned for details on Open Houses in September and Phase 2 starting this fall.

  • Project Updates

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Page last updated: 29 Nov 2022, 11:54 AM