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Open Space and Mountain Parks Integrated Site Projects

Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) is currently developing Integrated Site Projects (ISPs) for several specific OSMP locations, including the Wonderland Lake area and OSMP's Gebhard property on the South Boulder Creek corridor southeast of the East Boulder Community Center. Goals that these ISPs intend to achieve are:

  • How best to implement previously approved OSMP plans. 
  • Improving visitor experiences and sustaining important natural areas.
  • Addressing other open space values as outlined in the Boulder City Charter.  

Integrated Site Project Updates

Open Space and Mountain Parks will host two community meetings to receive community feedback for the following two ISPs now underway:

  • Wonderland Lake ISP:  OSMP hosted a community meeting to hear input on the Wonderland Lake Integrated Site Project (ISP). Watch the video of the meeting. OSMP has heard from our community and, moving forward, OSMP will no longer be considering a boardwalk and a pier in the area. There will be no implementation of any concepts in 2019. OSMP will be providing an update to the City Council at its Tuesday, Feb. 5 meeting. OSMP also will be discussing this project with the Open Space Board of Trustees in April and will be updating the community about the future direction of this project.
     
  • Gunbarrel Hill ISP: OSMP will be seeking community input to help restore healthy grassland wildlife habitat while improving the visitor experience on city open space at Gunbarrel Hill northeast of Boulder. Over the next several months, OSMP will meet with community members to better understand how and why they value this area and to receive feedback. The first public engagement will be held from  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 23,  at Heatherwood Elementary in the Library.  
     
  • Gebhard (Greenbelt Meadows) ISP: OSMP is also working to help connect the community to nature along the South Boulder Creek corridor while protecting sensitive wildlife. 

Wonderland Lake Integrated Site Project

OSMP thanks residents and open space visitors for coming to Jan. 15 meeting and sharing their input

Thank you to everyone who came to our community meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, to share input for Wonderland Lake open space and the best ways to engage with you on this project. OSMP has heard from our community and, moving forward, OSMP will no longer be considering a boardwalk and a pier in the area. Other than community outreach efforts, there will be no implementation of any work for this project in 2019 at Wonderland Lake. OSMP will be providing an update to the City Council at its Tuesday, Feb. 5 meeting. OSMP also will be discussing this project with the Open Space Board of Trustees in April and will be updating the community about the future direction of this project.

Watch the Jan. 15 community meeting:

Upcoming

  • Wednesay, Jan. 16 to Tuesday, Jan. 22: Comments submitted by Jan. 22 will be included in a report provided to City Council and available to the public. If you couldn’t attend the Tuesday, Jan. 15 meeting, you may email your comments to Alison Ecklund, [email protected] 
     
  • Tuesday, Feb. 5: This project has been scheduled for a discussion at City Council on Tuesday, Feb 5. No formal action will be taken by the Council, and this item is not scheduled for an individual public hearing. Community members may address the council during its open comment period for comments on topics not scheduled for a public hearing. A report with public comment received by Tuesday, Jan. 22, including emails, preliminary questionnaire results as well as input from Tuesday, Jan 15 meeting will in the City Council written materials for the Tuesday, Feb. 5 meeting.
Draft alternatives have been set aside

OSMP has heard from our community and is setting aside preliminary alternatives for the Wonderland Lake area while we seek guidance from the City Council, the Open Space Board of Trustees and additional community input. Moving forward, OSMP will no longer be considering a boardwalk and a pier in the area. There will be no implementation of any alternatives in 2019.

Initial questionnaire results

These results pdf come from a questionnaire that was open from Thursday, Nov. 15 through Tuesday, Dec. 4. The results and data were intended to gather feedback on preliminary alternatives for the Wonderland Lake ISP. OSMP staff encouraged people to complete the questionnaire through this webpage during a during a meeting about this work on Nov. 14 as well trail-side engagement on Oct. 27 and communicated to Wonderland Lake area residents through NextDoor in north Boulder and OSMP’s email lists. The City of Boulder offers no guarantees or warranties, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy and/or completeness of the information provided. The City of Boulder also makes no warranties about the datasets and disclaims liability for all uses of the datasets, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.

Gunbarrel Hill Integrated Site Project

Help create a vision for conserving natural grasslands and enhancing recreation on Gunbarrel Hill! City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) is seeking community participation as we create a vision for restoring healthy grasslands while improving the visitor experience on the open space at Gunbarrel Hill northeast of Boulder. OSMP is initiating a community discussion and engagement process to gather input to better understand community interests and values for this area and to hear preliminary ideas for this effort.

The first of several community input opportunities will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, at Heatherwood Elementary in the Library. In partnership with our community, OSMP will gather information to help:

  • Improve the quality of the habitat for native ground-nesting birds experiencing national population declines, such as the Grasshopper Sparrow, and other wildlife.
  • Provide an enhanced and informed visitor experience to promote enjoyment of the area while being responsive to the preservation of native birds and wildlife.

No implementation efforts will occur until we hear ideas and interests from the community. Conservation and recreation efforts for the area will be refined through additional community input. The meeting schedule for the Wednesday, Jan. 23, meeting is:

  • 5 p.m.: Gunbarrel Ecosystem Exploration Gunbarrel Ecosystem Exploration – An introduction to the natural and cultural treasures of Gunbarrel Hill, setting the stage and background for this community engagement process.
  • 6 p.m.: Introduction to Gunbarrel Open Space and Community Engagement Process – OSMP presentation on Gunbarrel Hill open space and background on the community engagement process.
  • 6:30 p.m: Open House to Learn More and Share Thoughts – Opportunity to share initial thoughts, along with questions and answers with OSMP staff.

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

 

Gunbarrel Hill ISP Area

Gebhard Integrated Site Project

We've heard how you experience and value the remarkable natural area along South Boulder Creek. Your ideas will contribute to a community dialogue that will help inform an initiative by City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Department (OSMP) that is designed to:

  • Assess and determine community access routes to and on the OSMP-managed South Boulder Creek corridor southeast of the East Boulder Community Center.
  • Protect rare and federally-threatened wildlife and plant species.

OSMP will use input about this unique open space area to prepare concepts of potential site changes. OSMP will then schedule another community workshop to present and discuss these concepts. Have questions? Please send an email to Maki Boye at [email protected]

Why OSMP is seeking your input

Did you know that when you experience the South Boulder Creek corridor you are visiting a Colorado Natural Area, a special designation reserved only for the best of the best wildlife areas in the state? The richness of the plant and animal community found here entwines numerous special and unique inhabitants including:

  • The Preble’s meadow jumping mouse, a federally protected animal.
  • Ute ladies’ tresses orchids, a federally protected plant.
  • The Northern Leopard Frog, an animal of great conservation need here in Colorado.
  • A broad array of other native plants and animals dependent on intact stream ecosystems.

For the last several years, OSMP has been working to sustain the high plant and wildlife diversity found along South Boulder Creek to fulfill the city’s obligation to protect this unique State Natural Area. This has been accomplished by completing habitat restoration projects, installing new information signs and making improvements and changes to trails as well as designated access to the creek. Help us continue these efforts as we work together to identify and implement other ways to reduce wildlife and plant disturbances while improving people’s connections with nature. 

Have questions? Please send an email to Maki Boyle at [email protected]

Map showing project area