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Open Spaces Commission
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The Open Spaces Commission consists of seven voting members--seven Council-appointed members and a representative from the Planning and Zoning Commission. The Commission serves as an advisory body on the acquisition, management, use, restoration, enhancement, protection, and conservation of open space land. View the Ordinance that established the Commission.

The Open Spaces Commission recently adopted their Strategic Plan, which describes conservation criteria for potential open space designation and prioritizes areas for conservation and public access. Ultimately, the plan outlines the long term vision for a connected system of open space in the Flagstaff community.

Currently, the Flagstaff Open Spaces Commission members are:

  • Bryan Burton 
  • Jim Burton
  • Carrie Eberly
  • Jessica Gist
  • Richard Miller
  • Tina Pfeiffer
  • Kristina Wyse



Meetings are open to the public and held on the fourth Thursday of every month at 4:00 pm in Council Chambers on the first floor of City Hall. View the Arizona Attorney General's Office Agency Handbook regarding Open Meeting Law.

All City commission members must live within City limits at the time of their appointment and for the full duration of their term in office. Appointments are approved at public meetings and individuals are selected solely at the discretion of the City Council. The members of the City's boards and commissions are appointed by the City Council to three-year terms.

If you are interested in serving on a commission, please complete the application and return it to the City Clerk's Office, 211 W. Aspen, Flagstaff, Arizona 86001.

Contact the Open Spaces Commission
If you have any questions about the process or in general, please contact the City's Open Spaces Staff Liaison.

Open Spaces Commission Meeting Minutes

Flagstaff Open Spaces 
Photo copyright: Tom Bean

Open Spaces Commission Agenda

Flagstaff Open Space
To many Flagstaff area residents, open space is the defining feature of Flagstaff’s character and attraction. Open space defines the region’s quality of life, protects the region’s ecological health, supports existing and future economic development, and preserves historic and cultural resources.

In 2004, Flagstaff voters approved two open space bond initiatives:

1) $7.6 million for the acquisition of neighborhood open space and Flagstaff Urban Trail System trails.
2) $5.5 million for the acquisition of State Trust land on Observatory Mesa for conservation.

Recent Successes:
Picture Canyon 

With funding from the 2004 voter-approved open space bond and a 2012 Growing Smarter grant, the City of Flagstaff successfully acquired 477 acres of conservation land at Picture Canyon. For more information, visit www.flagstaff.az.gov/picturecanyon

Observatory Mesa
In 2004, Flagstaff voters approved a $5.5 million bond to acquire State Trust lands on Observatory Mesa as open space. The City now has the opportunity to use Arizona State Parks Growing Smarter Grant funds in conjunction with the voter-approved bond to acquire 2,250 acres of land on Observatory Mesa.  The City applied for Growing Smarter Grant funds in June 2013 and in September 2013 the Arizona State Parks Board voted unanimously to grant the City of Flagstaff $6 million towards the acquisition of Observatory Mesa. The City acquired Observatory Mesa in December 2013. As critical wildlife habitat, a popular recreation corridor, and protection from light pollution for our dark skies, Observatory is a natural and cultural amenity for northern Arizona. The acquisition of Observatory Mesa provides a natural place for members of the Flagstaff community to learn about ecology, geology, and astronomy, while participating in outdoor recreation. To view a large map of Observatory Mesa Natural Area, please click here. If you are interested in learning more about the conservation attributes of Observatory Mesa, please read the Observatory Mesa facts handout.

If you have questions about Observatory Mesa or Picture Canyon, please contact the Open Spaces Specialist.

Upcoming Events:
There are no upcoming events scheduled for the Open Spaces Commission.