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Chats or Walks With Council

ATTENTION: In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic the City Council is piloting four virtual chats with council over April and May. You can find session details below under Virtual PILOT Chats with Council.  

In 2019 City Council committed continue trying new approaches to engage community members who do not typically participate in council matters and meetings.

Purpose of the Chats:
To give community members who do not typically participate in more formal council settings a convenient, drop-in opportunity to engage with their elected officials. The chats are designed to promote short, two-way conversations about issues that matter most to residents and others in the city. The idea originated from council members, who are often as frustrated as community members by the lack of time to have meaningful conversations during open comment or public hearings. 

What to Expect:
These are intended to be informal and structured in a way that allows for more two-way conversation than at regular council meetings. There will be two to three council members at each session, with no formal agenda or presentation. Community members are welcome to come by anytime during the session and stay for as long -- or as short -- as they wish. 

If everyone in the room wants to discuss one topic, the conversations can be more in-depth. If there are a variety of topics participants wish to discuss, it will be important to make space for those, probably by limiting the amount of time council members can spend on any particular one.  If there is a large crowd, the city will ask community members to rotate through to allow for maximum participation. Council members could also decide to break into smaller groups if crowd size is an issue.

If a group wishes to utilize these chats as an opportunity to share a collective perspective, the city asks they designate one or two members to attend, with a promise to report back to the larger group.

Coffee, tea or lemonade will be provided.

Virtual PILOT Chats with Council:

Under the Governor's Stay at Home Order residents must remain at home and only leave their home to engage in activities defined as essential. To adapt to these orders, council is piloting Virtual Chat with Council sessions at various online locations, dates and times for community members to talk with members of council about issues that matter most to them. Now, more than ever, it is important for us to continue engaging meaningfully with our community. 

Sessions will be topic focused and host a guest speaker who will talk with council members about their topic for the first 10 to 20 minutes. This will be followed by Questions and Answers from the public. One to two council members will be designated to lead each session and field most questions. 

We understand that everyone may not be familiar with video conferencing platforms. For each session, staff will be on the virtual meeting half an hour early to orient members of the public with the video conferencing platform. Links for sessions after April 16 will be available on this webpage at least 48 hours in advance of each session. 

  • Thursday, April 16 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. 
    • TOPIC: Financial Assistance for Small Businesses
    • SPEAKER: John Tayer
    • Join Meeting Here or call 1-253-215-8782 and meeting ID 956 2215 2056


  • Sunday, April 26 from 4-5 p.m. (Spanish first) on KGNU
    • TOPIC: Support for Spanish-Speaking Residents and Families
    • SPEAKER: Christina Garcia with EFAA



  • Thursday, May 28 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. - Bilingue inglés y español | Bilingual English and Spanish (co-hosted with Growing Up Boulder and members of the Boulder Valley Board of Education



Upcoming Chats:

  • Saturday, October 3, 2020 - CANCELLED

9 to 11 a.m.

Boulder Rural Fire - 6230 Lookout Rd

Walks with Council

ATTENTION: Due to COVID-19, Walks with Council are on hiatus. Check back here soon for more updates.

Council also expressed an interest in exploring a Walk with Council idea raised by Council Member Bob Yates. The idea is for council members to either join existing walks the city has organized or host specific walks as a less formal way of interacting with residents. Council members hopes these strolls will help them collect input on issues that matter to the public while also highlighting the walkability of Boulder. Engagement and Transportation staff are teaming to develop a proposal to test this suggestion as the weather gets warmer in 2020. The walks will last for one hour and will be followed by an optional half-hour chat at a coffee shop along that day's route.

  • Saturday, September 19, 2020 - CANCELLED

    Begin at 10:00 a.m.

    Meet at West Age Well Center - 909 Arapahoe Avenue

    Spanish First  (with English translation)

The city would love to hear from participants about how these experiments are going. Please send any feedback to Engagement Manager Sarah Huntley at [email protected]