Preserving mapped floodplains as natural open space provides the following benefits:
Open space areas provide a place for the flood waters to flow, reducing the damage to nearby properties
Natural areas are typically more resilient to flooding and will often recover with minimal intervention
Open space areas are typically free of buildings, so there are no buildings to be damaged
Floods are a natural process and, in some areas, are essential for providing material and nutrients to maintain native habitats
Over 50 percent of the mapped floodplain within the City is owned and/or managed by the City, with most of the properties being preserved as open space. The Clear Creek greenbelt and Lewis Meadows Park are examples of areas that are kept natural.