Introduction to the Issue
In recent years, Button Rock Preserve has experienced considerable increases in visitation. When the area was first designated a preserve, ordinances were enacted to protect the critical nature of the area as Longmont’s primary drinking water supply. The need to balance resource protection with passive recreation has become critical.
A key piece that seems to be influencing the increased visitation is the fact that currently people can bring their dogs to the Preserve and recreate with them in ways that other watersheds, preserves, open spaces and parks do not allow.
Through the Caring for Button Rock Preserve project, the City is collecting data and evaluating current regulations to develop a management plan that aligns with the Preserve’s present-day management needs.
Because of concerns for the health of the watershed, Longmont City Council directed staff to implement new rules requiring all dogs be on leash when in the Preserve and allowing only one dog per visitor. These new rules go into effect on May 1, 2019.
The rules will remain in place until the final Button Rock Preserve Management Plan is adopted. Research, feedback and findings in development of that plan will be used to determine the future dog visitation policy.
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Additional Places to Enjoy
This list is intended as a quick resource for those seeking new or additional options for getting outdoors in the region. It is not exhaustive. Most facilities of similar purpose as Button Rock Preserve do have strict leash laws if dogs are allowed in the area.