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City Facility Reopening Phasing Announced

City of Boulder staff shared the current recovery and reopening approach for city facilities and services with City Council yesterday, announcing which facilities are reopening in May during the “Safer at Home” phase, which begins Saturday, May 9.

This phase will follow the state’s “Safer at Home” guidance, with a goal of maintaining social distancing.

The city’s phased approach is based on current state and county public health guidance, including no groups of 10 or more, no exposure to vulnerable populations and no shared equipment. Openings and closures may shift based on public health guidance, resource allocation and ability to maintain social distancing standards.

The City of Boulder strongly encourages community members to wear face coverings in public areas, such as city trails, parks and city streets. Beginning May 9, a Boulder County order requires every person 12 years old or older to wear a face covering when in public anywhere in the county where social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained, including at parks and outdoor facilities and while hiking, running and cycling on open space trails and greenway paths.

No city facilities will be operating with the same in-person service levels as they were before COVID-19 closures. Current city facilities that are now open or will be open on a limited basis include the Municipal Court, Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder Reservoir, Valmont City Park amenities, dog parks, skate parks, disc golf courses and outdoor sports courts. Planning & Development Services Service Center, Inspection Services, Utility Billing and Tax & Licensing are providing virtual services during this phase. The Boulder Public Library will offer limited, no contact carryout service starting May 18 for items that were already on the holds shelf when library buildings closed. Currently, on-demand opportunities are available for recreation and Older Adult Client Services Coordinators are continuing to offer services by phone. Recreation Centers, Age Well Centers, libraries, playgrounds, picnic areas and shelters, the Penfield Tate II Municipal Building and most city offices remain closed.

As Parks and Recreation facilities reopen, new protocols have been established with guidance to meet physical distancing and face covering requirements. While outdoor courts will be unlocked starting May 9, equipment, such as tennis nets, will be reinstalled over the next few weeks. These facilities will remain open as long as visitors adhere to new Safer at Home operating protocols. Detailed information and a map specific to Parks and Recreation’s reopening amenities and protocols is available at:

A full map of all City of Boulder Buildings, Facilities, Parking and Restrooms with opening and closure information is available at:

More information on the phases of reopening and city facilities currently open is available at:

For more information on how the City of Boulder is responding to COVID-19, please visit: