Carmel Valley Save Open Space

UPDATE January 2021

MISSION: To save open space land in Carmel Valley for the benefit of the community.


The new owner of the Carmel Valley vintage airfield land, Ken Griggs, has expressed willingness to work with the community in allowing limited access through and around his property as he develops a wholesale nursery.

CVSOS (Carmel Valley Save Open Space) is joining with Carmel Valley Association and Supervisor Mary Adams to help plan for public access. 

To accurately represent neighbors’ opinions, we ask that you please share your thoughts on the questions in this survey. The online survey is at this link. Please share with your local social network. A print version is linked here, if you have difficulty with the online version.

CVSOS—a nonprofit community organization with 501(c)3 status. CVSOS organized in 2018 at the Carmel Valley Community Center.

Our initial goal is to acquire the former Carmel Valley airfield property. This 30- acre tract has historically been viewed as valuable Open Space for the community. This unique Open Space in the center of Carmel Valley Village adds value to the community with its beauty, easy access for walking, and for its use for emergencies and community events, such as the annual Santa Fly‑in.

Recognizing the unique value of maintaining this property as Open Space the community has come together through CVSOS in an effort to purchase this property. 

The property is currently for sale as three large developable lots and could be lost to us at any time. Development of any of this land will impact the ability for valley residents to use it as it has traditionally been used for walking, for nature enjoyment and for emergency services, including staging for fire fighting.

Our community has a rare opportunity to come together to preserve this jewel in the “heart of the valley” as Open Space for generations to come.


Mahir Agha

David Bellamy, Treasurer

Luana Conley, Communication Chair

Cynthia Hall, Nomination Chair

Zan Henson

Jake Odello

Eric Sand, Chair

Sandy Schachter, Secretary

Suzanne Saunders Shaw

Lorraine Surprenant, Co-Chair

Catherine Zahm


Site updated January 2021