• Conservation easement governs allowable uses at PHGC
  • Represents joint agreement between private landowner and City
  • Only allowable use: regulation-length, 18-hole, daily-fee golf course and driving range 
  • The easement expressly forbids other land uses that limits the ability of a full golf course to exist on site
  • The only way to have new public parks and new housing is to lift the easement 
  • City-wide public vote to lift the easement is now required due to passage of Initiative 301 in 2021

What does the Conservation Easement allow?

What’s allowed at this 155-acre site? Easement stays in place Easement lifted
Regulation length, 18-hole golf course
New parks and green spaces for the community & city
New outdoor recreation facilities (like football and soccer fields, indoor and outdoor courts, fieldhouse)
New high-quality rental & for-sale permanently affordable housing
New housing for seniors, families, existing residents

Why Lift the Conservation Easement?

Since 1997, a legal document called a “conservation easement” has required the 155-acre site to be used as a regulation-length, 18-hole, daily-fee golf course and driving range. 

Community Alignment

  • Denver doesn’t need another golf course — but it urgently needs 100+ acres for new public parks & open spaces and high-quality rental and for-sale homes.
  • Developer’s proposal to repurpose this land reflects 18 months of community input, and is guided by the requirements in the City’s draft Small Area Plan.
  • Meets or exceeds City’s goals and policies for affordable housing, equity, sustainability, climate action & mobility.
  •  Lifting (or extinguishing) the easement requires City Council and voter approval under Initiative 301, in compliance with state and local laws.

Why Not Keep It a Park?

  • The easement expressly forbids other land uses that are inconsistent with this requirement, including an all-park scenario.
  • Because the current conservation easement restricts any use other than a golf course, this land can never be turned into a park unless and until the easement is lifted.
  • A private landowner — not the City of Denver — owns this land. 
  • The City of Denver has repeatedly and consistently said it cannot afford to purchase or maintain the park.