ROSS

OPEN SPACE

NATURE AS INFRASTRUCTURE

Open Space is an embracing term for a diverse spectrum of lands - public and private, spread across a rural and urban continuum, on large and small scales - that create the natural and built green infrastructure on which we depend. This includes public parks, local and regional trail systems, wetlands and water bodies, wilderness lands, resource lands for agriculture and timber production, as well as urban green spaces like parkways, rain gardens and green roofs. The ROSS is a collaboration of experts across all of these fields of expertise.

RECREATION + TRAILS

ECOSYSTEMS

RURAL + RESOURCE LANDS

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

BENEFITS OF OPEN SPACE

But Open Space is much greater than the sum of its acres and geographies. Across these technical areas, the interconnected system of Open Space provides a vast number of services and benefits to our region. Learn more below about how open space supports quality of life in the Puget Sound.

AIR

Water

WATER

Work

WORK

Play

PLAY

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Food

FOOD

Shelter

SHELTER

Health

HEALTH

Transport

TRANSPORT

Energy

ENERGY

Material

MATERIALS

Cultural

CULTURAL

Aesthetic

AESTHETIC

Waste

WASTE

Disaster Mitigation

DISASTER MITIGATION

Education

EDUCATION

Community

COMMUNITY

ASSESSING OUR OPEN SPACE SYSTEM

The ROSS Ecosystem/Open Space Services Committee is working with technical partners, including The Trust for Public Land and Earth Economics, to better value and evaluate the region's current system of open space to protect and enhance this system for generations to come.

A baseline map using this robust understanding of Open Space benefits is under development as well as guidance to create a decision-making support tool that identifies priorities to advance projects and programs that meet multiple community development and environmental management objectives.

The region's Open Space system - and the vast array of benefits it provides - is the keystone for life as we know it in the Central Puget Sound.

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