Informal events designed to promote dialogue

The City of Boulder is pleased to announce the return of walks and chats with City Council. One of each style of engagement will be offered this fall.

These popular events give community members an opportunity to talk with their elected officials about any issue they wish with a goal toward promoting more two-way conversation.

The schedule will be as follows:

Walk with Council:
Saturday, August 28, 2021 from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

  • Joined by Mayor Sam Weaver and Council Member Adam Swetlik
  • Meet at the front entrance of Scott Carpenter Pool at 8:30 a.m., begin walking along the Boulder Creek Path
  • Prospective highlights: Scott Carpenter Pool, transportation projects at 30th/Colorado, 28th/Colorado, 28th/Regent, the Arapahoe corridor. In total, the route will be about 1.9 miles.
  • End at the Scott Carpenter Pool around 10 a.m., complimentary coffee/tea for participants
  • Subject to change based on COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Masks encouraged.
  • No prior registration required.

Chat with Council:
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 5:30-7 p.m.

  • Joined by Council Members Bob Yates, Rachel Friend, and Aaron Brockett
  • Meet in the upstairs room at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St.
  • In an attempt to meet people where they are, this chat will coincide with the Wednesday Farmer’s Market. Drop in for as long as you wish!
  • Light refreshments for participants.
  • Subject to change based on COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. City will follow masking guidelines and requirements in place at the time of this event.
  • No prior registration required.

What to expect:
There will be one to three council members at each session, with no formal agenda or presentation. Community members are welcome to come by anytime during sessions and stay for as long -- or as short -- as they wish.

If everyone participating 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. 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 chats and walks 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.

The city is happy to provide an interpreter for anyone who wishes to attend and participate in a language other than English. In order to allow time to book this resource, please email Taylor Reimann at no later than three days before the event.

For more information, please visit the Chats and Walks with Council webpage.