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Boulder’s Civic Area Project Greets Seasonal Change With New Lighting

The newly installed poles represent an increase of more than 50 percent compared to the area’s pre-construction lighting, drastically improving visibility

The City of Boulder celebrates another milestone in the Civic Area “Creek at the Core” project this week as the enhanced park’s new lighting system is now operational.  The new lighting illuminates the entire 11 th Street pedestrian spine including the new pedestrian bridge. Additional lighting is also operational along the already-opened northern stretch of the expanded multiuse path that circulates through the 13-acre construction area closest to Canyon Boulevard.

“A total of 43 new light poles have been installed in the Civic Area during this phase of construction,” said Jim Winchester, Civic Area spokesman. “The 11 th Street spine bridge now features approximately 300 linear feet of LED lighting alone. These lights became operational over the past two weeks, and the new overnight lighting configuration for the new Civic Area is now activated." 

Lighting enhancements in the Civic Area are just one means of improving area safety and aesthetics, an effort that also incorporates improved sightlines, expanded path widths and better signage to aid visitors in Boulder’s downtown core. Enhanced safety, one of the Civic Area Master Plan’s key objectives, promotes year-round, day-to-night activation and community gathering opportunities, providing for a more resilient and connected Boulder.

“Bring on the lighting,” said Dennis Olsen, a sales associate with Community Cycles. Olsen travels the park by bike to and from work every day. “This project, the availability of B-cycles, path widths and connections are really making a difference for people who choose to get around without a car.”

All installed lighting in the Civic Area is LED and compliant with city dark-sky ordinances.  The newly installed poles represent an increase of more than 50 percent compared to the area’s pre-construction lighting, drastically improving visibility.

This phase of construction of the new Civic Area Park is expected to wrap up later in 2017. For more information on Boulder’s evolving Civic Area, all made possible by the voter-approved Community Culture & Safety Tax (2A) Tax passage, remember to regularly check the Civic Area website .

Published: Sept. 13, 2017

Media Contacts:
Jim Winchester, Communications, 303-441-4247
Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 303-441-3155

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