On March 11, 2019, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) designated the Broomfield County Commons (BCC) as an Outdoor Activity Area under the COGCC rules. The significance of this designation is that no surface oil and gas development can occur on the BCC. The ruling by the COGCC was made after a hearing on Broomfield's application for the designation.
The BCC hosts over 1.1 million visitors a year for a variety of uses, including trails, ball field, playgrounds, picnic areas, public art, a cemetery and the Paul Derda Recreation Center. The BCC also hosts a variety of programs like the annual fishing derby for children at the Tom Frost Reservoir, National Night Out, 4th of July fireworks display, sports tournaments, and nature programs. Seeking the COGCC designation for Broomfield open space and recreation areas is an ongoing strategic initiative by the City Manager's Department.
Special thanks to the volunteers of the Open Space and Trails Committee and the Teen Council, which helped with the data collection on the number of visitors to the Broomfield County Commons, which was central to Broomfield's presentation at the COGCC.