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City to Host “What’s Up Boulder” Informational Event Oct. 11

More than 25 city projects and departments will have booths at the event
Pilot approach provides one-stop access to updates on 25+ projects and services, plus family fun

The City of Boulder is piloting a new approach to providing residents with information through a family-friendly fall event that aims to be both convenient and fun. The “What’s Up Boulder” open house will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the University of Colorado’s Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building, 3415 Colorado Ave. This is located near the corner of Foothills Parkway and Colorado Boulevard on the east campus. Free parking is available after 5 p.m.

More than 25 city projects and departments will have booths at the event, providing either details about services that Boulder offers or timelines and a preview of ways to engage in key decision-making initiatives that are coming up or currently underway.

The event will include touch-a truck opportunities with police and fire vehicles, as well as a snow plow; a children’s magician; live music; and kids’ crafts and activities at many of the booths. Free harvest-themed food and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. The first 250 people will receive door prizes, and residents who complete a quick survey about the event will be eligible for a drawing for city recreation center passes and gift cards to local businesses.

“This is a new approach for us,” said Sarah Huntley, deputy director of Communications for the city. “The idea is to provide a wide variety of information from across the city organization in a festive atmosphere that meets the needs of residents and families. This event represents a significant amount of collaboration among staff in many different departments. In the past, city open houses have tended to focus on just a handful of related topics. We’re eager to hear whether this more integrated event works better for our community.”

Some of the projects/service areas will include:

  • Alpine-Balsam planning and upcoming engagement
  • Library Master Plan process – with input sought on emerging priorities
  • Connect Boulder enhanced broadband update
  • Open Space and Mountain Parks’ Cultural Resources program
  • Climate action and zero waste information and opportunities
  • Pollinator-friendly garden programs
  • Police and fire services, including some pre-engagement associated with the Fire Department’s upcoming Master Plan process
  • Information about Neighborhood Services, the Volunteer Collaborative and communications platforms
  • Parks improvement updates
  • Middle-Income Housing
  • Toward Vision Zero safety program
  • Transportation planning projects
  • Neighborhood Parking Program

Consistent with the city’s fair campaign practices, there will be no booths about any ballot initiatives or booths supporting any council candidates at this event.

Additional information is available at www.bouldercolorado.gov/whatsupboulder. Check out and share our promo video as well!

Published: Oct. 4, 2017

Media Contacts:
Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 303-441-3155

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