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Heads Up! - Sept. 18, 2017

September 15, 2017

Dear City Council Members,

Save the date: City plans fun & coordinated informational event for community on Oct. 11

In keeping with Boulder’s commitment to continuous improvement and the Public Participation Working Group’s recommendation that the city streamline ways to update the community on key initiatives, the city will pilot a fun and new approach next month.

Called “What’s Up Boulder: Citywide Open House and Activities,” the evening event will feature booths with information on 25-plus projects and service areas from across the city organization, combined with family-friendly activities and entertainment. One of the goals is to make it easier for community members to gain knowledge and provide some feedback for relevant projects in a fun and engaging environment. Planning and hosting a coordinated event also creates economies of scale for city departments and staff.


The event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at the University of Colorado’s Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building, 3415 Colorado Ave. This is located near the corner of Foothills and Colorado. There are nearby transit stops and plenty of bike parking. Parking for vehicles is free after 5 p.m.

Some of the projects/service areas are:

  • Alpine-Balsam planning and upcoming engagement
  • Library Master Plan process – with input sought on emerging priorities
  • Connect Boulder enhanced broadband update
  • OSMP Cultural Resources program
  • Climate action and zero waste information and opportunities
  • Pollinator-friendly garden programs
  • Police and fire services, including some pre-engagement associated with the Fire Department’s upcoming Master Plan process
  • Information about Neighborhood Services, the Volunteer Collaborative and communications platforms
  • Parks improvements
  • Housing
  • Toward Vision Zero safety program
  • Transportation planning projects

Consistent with the city’s fair campaign practices, there will be no booths on any ballot initiatives or council candidates at this event.

Details about the fun activities are still being worked out, but the city will provide free food and hold gift card giveaways, as well as touch-a truck opportunities with police/fire/snow response vehicles; a wind tunnel experiment for kids; face painting; arts and crafts; and a “city flicks” film fest. The organizing committee is also exploring the possibility of live music.

We would love to see as many of you as possible on Oct. 11. The organizing committee also would appreciate your help in spreading the word about this event. Staff has prepared a robust communications plan to let our community know about this opportunity, with most of the publicity occurring between Sept. 25 and Oct. 10. Please watch for social media posts that you can share and retweet.

For more information, please visit or contact Sarah Huntley, deputy director of Communication, at 303-441-3155 or [email protected].


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