LCCF Highlight Video

Thanks to all our champions for your commitment to Leadville and Lake County!

This video made possible through a special grant from The Anschutz Family Foundation.


The Lake County Open Space Initiative (LCOSI) has joined the Lake County Community Fund (LCCF) as a fiscal sponsored fund.

LCOSI is an environmental initiative dedicated to the protection and enhancement of watershed health and community sustainability through the conservation and stewardship of lands and water in Lake County for open space, wildlife, historic preservation, sustainable growth, education, and outdoor recreation.

The photo was taken during the Lake County High School clean up and planting event at Hayden Meadows on October 7, 2019. The effort was part of the LCOSI vision statement supporting age-appropriate educational outreach to local youth to involve them in hands-on projects in support of conservation and stewardship of open space.

The initiative was formed in 1997 as a cooperative stakeholder’s partnership of local, state and federal agencies, private individuals, and community organizations.

Over the past two decades, LCOSI has worked collaboratively with its partners on projects including: the acquisition of almost 10,000 acres of open space; securing ten miles of public access along the Arkansas River corridor; stabilization and preservation of some of the Valley’s most iconic historic resources; environmental remediation of the Arkansas River from an industrial sewer to Gold Medal Fishery; the creation of Hayden Meadows Recreation Area and interpretive trail system; and securing a dependable water supply for Lake County.

The Lake County Community Fund will serve as LCOSI’s fiscal sponsor, expanding its capacity to access funding from private individuals, foundations, and grant sources to support open space objectives in Lake County.

Mike Conlin, LCOSI Facilitator, indicated that “This is a natural fit, and satisfies many of the mutual goals of supporting the community’s economic sustainability, protecting its environmental integrity, and enhancing its recreational portfolio. We are excited by the opportunities for collaborative partnership building that channel the energy and imagination of the community.”

For more information on the Lake County Open Space Initiative, please go to

Our Work Continues

We continue to build the fund to promote sustainability in Leadville and Lake County. Contributions to LCCF are welcome at any time, and go directly to supporting our community through grants, community programming, and other investments.  Click here to donate using a credit card.  Checks can be mailed to: Lake County Community Fund, P.O. Box 477, Leadville, CO 80461.