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Boulder Civic Area Project

Boulder Civic Area Project

Welcome to the Boulder Civic Area website!

This site offers information about the Boulder Civic Area redevelopment in downtown Boulder.  For an overview and brief history, visit our Civic Area Overview webpage. 

Phase 1 construction on the Boulder Civic Area project begins in the third quarter of 2016. However, all events for summer 2016 in the Civic Area will take place. Get the latest information on events and construction pdf. Or, access a printable flyer pdf of the activation schedule.

Please take some time to navigate latest updates on this site. If you have any input or questions, contact us at BCATeam@bouldercolorado.gov.


April 5 City Council memo, slide presentation & video available

The Civic Area Council Memo pdf features in-depth information and updates regarding the Civic Area Project. The Memo also includes some background information on the overall project. The Boulder Civic Area team summarized all information contained in the Memo and sought input from Council Members on certain aspects of the Civic Area Project on Tuesday night, April 5, 2016 during the City Council Meeting at 1777 S. Broadway in Boulder. 

View slide presentations and reference slides pdf from the presentation. Access a snapshot timeline pdf on the status all projects through April 2016.

The full video of the Civic Area team presentation can be reviewed on the Boulder Channel 8 website archive page at April 5, 2016 City Council Meeting. PLEASE NOTE: The presentation begins at timecode 3:35:30 (3 hours, 35 minutes, 30 seconds into the video feed).


Civic Area Open House on April 4 draws big crowd

Our thanks to the community for a strong turnout to meet members of the Civic Area team to learn about many of the coordinated sub-projects for the larger Civic Area project.

The open house took place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Riverside at 1724 Broadway St. in Boulder on Monday night, April 4. The event featured various information stations and public input opportunities.

For more information, click here.

(Story UPDATED on 4-5-16 10:51 a.m.)


2016 Civic Area Video: Building Excitement!


Featured Projects & Pages

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Areas of Focus

Civic Area Parking

The latest updates on Jan. 19, 2016 Civic Area Parking Changes. Updated 4-11-16

Canyon Boulevard Complete Streets

The Canyon Boulevard Complete Streets study will examine ways to improve travel and the aesthetic design of the boulevard between Ninth and 17th streets

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Civic Area Calendar of Events

NEW!  Check out the 2016 Civic Area Illustrated Timeline of Projects pdf!

Upcoming Events

Bandshell Benches Makeover

When:

Join Wells Fargo staff and other community members to paint the bandshell benches red!

See more upcoming events in the Calendar of Events


Civic Area Newsroom & Multimedia Center

For a complete list of news releases, links and videos, click here.

 


City Council Actions for Civic Area

2015 City Council Documents and Materials

Date Meeting Documents Summary
3/31/2015

City Council

Study Session

On Tuesday, March 31, the Civic Area team presented a hybrid park site plan (based on input received from the community, stakeholders, and boards and commissions) as well as provided an update on the master plan to the Boulder City Council.
6/16/2015 City Council Study Session

Presentation and items from Civic Area Team to get direction from City Council to (1) receive approval for Civic Area Master Plan, (2)  seek direction from Council Members on whether the City of Boulder should submit a bid to acquire the BCH site on Broadway and Balsam, and (3) approve interim measure to explore additional office space in downtown Boulder for city staff.

7/14/2015 City Council Special Session This special session of the Boulder City Council was called on short notice to allow Council Members to vote to approve the acquisition of the BCH site at Broadway and Balsam.
7/30/2015 City Council Study Session

Presentation and items from Civic Area Team to update City Council on the feedback from the Design Inspiration Initiative. The initiative collected feedback from the public on design ideas for the Nature Play areas, the 11th Spine Bridge and the Bandshell.

10/20/2015 City Council 

City Council directs staff not to remove the seating from the Bandshell until after council discussed the Civic Area Plan on Nov. 10, 2015 Council Meeting

11/10/2015 City Council 

City Council approved plans to move forward with improvements to the Civic Area, but revisit the seating removal from the Bandshell at the next Landmarks Board Meeting.

 

2016 City Council Documents and Materials

Date Meeting Documents Summary
4/5/2016

City Council

Meeting

On Tuesday, April 5, the Civic Area team presented an update on the Civic Area projects under Matters from the City Manager. The main areas of focus included the latest information on a Market Hall Feasiblity Analysis and Flood Analysis. Council provided feedback to these and other various topics.

 

 

Civic Area Project Phases

Activation (Events + Site Improvements + Safety)

Short-term Site Improvements

The Civic Area can be improved by enhancing a sense of place, basic physical transformations and tying the various pieces together to create a cohesive community destination.

The Short-term Site Improvements will fulfill the community's vision in three critical thematic areas: The Creek at the Core, Community Spaces, and Connections and Access.

Civic Area Safety

Throughout the 18-month visioning process, safety in the Civic Area was a consistent concern and theme to be addressed. The city heard the community loud and clear, and safety is being enhanced by:

  • Hiring seasonal ambassadors to welcome residents and visitors to the Civic Area and help ensure safety and provide information about events and activities;
  • Increased Police presence and enforcement of illegal activities in the Civic Area; and
  • Enhanced activity and programming in the area to promote eyes on the park.

Events

The Civic Area is a beautiful, central backdrop for community events. City and community events draw people to the area, create positive experiences and foster support for future improvements.

More than half of the 27-acre Civic Area site is Civic and Central parks, with Boulder Creek flowing through the middle. A green spine that unifies spaces and provides natural beauty, ecological richness, shade, recreation, art and places to gather.

In 2015, activation of the Boulder Civic Area was a top implementation priority.   Civic Area activation means providing, supporting and delivering a public space that is inviting to all users via events, short-term site improvements and safety enhancements.

In 2016, groundbreaking will commence in the central park area sometime in the summer months. Additional planning and public input will continue for other additional projects throughout the Civic Area.  

Upcoming Events

Bandshell Benches Makeover

When:

Join Wells Fargo staff and other community members to paint the bandshell benches red!

EXPAND Duck Race

When:

Cheer on thousands of rubber ducks that race (or float) down Boulder Creek during the Boulder Creek Festival on Memorial Day!

Circle Boulder by Bicycle

When:

The annual Circle Boulder by Bicycle community rides are held in June.

See more upcoming events in the Calendar of Events

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See full photo set in the Photo Gallery

 


 

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