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Boulder Launches First Child-Friendly Map of the City



Kids and families in Boulder can move around Two young girls with map of Boulder
town easier thanks to this unique city map

Any parent will tell you what a thrill it is to see the world through the eyes of a child. One organization tapped into that fresh vision to help co-create a child-friendly map of Boulder.

Growing Up Boulder, a child and youth-friendly city initiative organization has worked on countless projects around the city, including the main Boulder library's nature play area. Its latest venture is the launch of the city's first ever child-friendly map.

"We have a very wonderful city and we want everyone to enjoy it. We want everybody to feel welcome and want everyone to learn and explore with our map in a way that really suits their family and their way of being in the world," said Cathy Hill, Growing Up Boulder education coordinator.

More than 30 groups and 700 children contributed to Boulder's child-friendly map, a project that was made possible thanks to a collaboration with Boulder Valley School District, the City of Boulder and other community organizations.

The map was designed by two undergraduate students from the University of Colorado Boulder's Environmental Design Program. With input from groups from around the city and Boulder's youngest residents, the map includes items most important to children and their families.

"We didn't just assume that they wanted a certain park or a certain color. We asked them and that's really the most crucial part of it. They really designed it and we're just taking what they're suggested and working with it," said Alex Haefling, a volunteer map designer.

The map is intended for families with children age 0-10, featuring children’s favorite educational, cultural and recreational nonprofit locations in Boulder. The map will be available for free across various locations around town and will be sent home with every Boulder-based elementary and preschool student, reaching more than 8,000 families in the city. A digital copy of the map is available at .

"We wanted kids to use the map themselves, so there are a lot of visual elements throughout it. Really colorful pictures of their favorite landmarks and favorite places to go and easy to use icons so they can locate where those places are," said Mara Mintzer, Growing Up Boulder director.

More information about Growing Up Boulder can be found at

Published: April 30, 2019