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Gunbarrel Hill Integrated Site Project

Help design conservation and recreation opportunities that support the grassland ecosystem at Gunbarrel Hill!

The City of Boulder is continuing to gather community input to help restore healthy grassland wildlife habitat while improving the visitor experience on city open space at Gunbarrel Hill northeast of Boulder. With community input, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks’ (OSMP) goal for this project aims to:

  • Improve the quality of the habitat for native ground-nesting birds and other wildlife, while providing an enhanced visitor experience to promote enjoyment of the area.

In January, OSMP staff met with community members to better understand how they value this area, affirm the goal described above and hear ideas about how to best achieve it. View the staff presentation pdf. The staff introductory presentation pdf is also available. From this input, OSMP staff has developed preliminary ideas that show different ways to conceptually organize the Gunbarrel Hill area for the community to review.

Community Meeting  - Wed. June 19

The second public engagement will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, in the Community Room at the OSMP Hub, located at 2520 55th Street, Boulder, CO 80301. During this meeting, OSMP staff will share what we heard from the community at the first public engagement and how we used community values and input to develop the initial conceptual ideas for the area. At this engagement, OSMP will engage in conversation around these ideas and gather specific input that will inform more detailed site improvements that are compatible with the goal of the project. The purpose of the project is to align community recreation and conservation interests in order to fulfill the City Council-approved objectives in OSMP’s Visitor Master Plan and Grassland Ecosystem Management Plan. 

Please join us in a conversation on how we can work together to conserve and improve sensitive wildlife habitats in this area while continuing to offer enjoyable community access to this remarkable open space.  

We look forward working together with our community! Have questions? Please send an email to Maki Boyle at [email protected].

Gunbarrel Hill ISP Area