Open space consists of land designated for conservation, recreation, agriculture, or preservation of cultural and natural resources. There are over 1,300 acres of open space and conservation land in Lexington, making up 12% of Lexington’s total land area. Within the 1,300+ acres are 27 named conservation areas. Conservation land provides core habitat refuge for wildlife, public health benefits through air and water quality, climate change mitigation through carbon sequestration and flood storage, recreational and educational opportunities, and agricultural opportunities.

Much of Lexington’s open space may be used for passive forms of recreation that places minimal stress on the land. Passive recreation includes walking, biking, or other activities that do not require an indoor or outdoor sport facilities such
as soccer fields or basketball pavilions.

Preservation of open space has long been important to the residents of Lexington, the region, and the Commonwealth. Many of Lexington’s important open spaces are also historic and cultural sites, including the Battle Green and the National Park Service’s Minuteman National Historic Park. Lexington places a great deal of value in its historic and cultural resources, particularly in regards to the town’s significance in the American Revolution.

The CPAC, the Project Consultants, and Lexington Staff are developing the Open Space and Recreation Inventory and Analysis Report. The most recent edition can be view below. Please note the document will be updated based on information collected at the June 15th Public Forum. Hence the note in the header of the document.

The CPAC, the Project Consultants, and Lexington Staff are working on developing the Open Space and Recreation Inventory and Analysis Report. The most recent edition can be view below. Please note the document will be updated based on information collected at the June 15th Public Forum. Hence the note in the header of the document.

Presentation on Open Space, Recreation, and Natural resource Trends held on February 27, 2020