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 Open House on November 14:
Give feedback on our work to improve visitors' enjoyment of Wonderland Lake, to help youth and families connect with nature, and to implement the recently approved North Trail Study Area Plan in this area. Join us for this community conversation from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 1777 Broadway. If you can't make this meeting, an online questionnaire will be available on this page shortly after the community meeting.
- Gebhard (Greenbelt Meadows) ISP workshop on November 15: Share your thoughts on how OSMP can best connect the community to nature along the South Boulder Creek corridor while protecting sensitive wildlife. This workshop will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the East Boulder Community Center in the Flagstaff room. Come early and mingle with your neighbors! If you can't make this meeting, an online questionnaire will be available on this page shortly after the workshop.
Provide your thoughts on how your community can best connect to nature along the South Boulder Creek corridor while protecting sensitive wildlife
Please tell us 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.
Join us in a community workshop from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 15th in the Flagstaff room at the East Boulder Community Center, to share your thoughts. Snacks and refreshments to be served at 4:45 p.m. At this meeting, we will take your 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.
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.
Tell us how we can improve your enjoyment of Wonderland Lake!
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) is working to improve visitors' enjoyment of Wonderland Lake while also helping youth and families to appreciate this remarkable area. Join us for a community meeting from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 1777 Broadway to share your thoughts about this effort. Over the coming weeks, we would like to know how you want us to:
- Implement actions that were outlined in the recently approved North Trail Study Area Plan, a long-term effort to improve visitor experiences and to sustain diverse resources on the city’s northern open space. Learn more at NorthTSA.org.
- Work with non-profit conservation partners to provide environmental interpretive opportunities.
- Evaluate future uses and upgrades to the existing Foothills Nature Center and possible new structures for youth, nature-based educational programs.
- Help ensure the conservation of the area’s special natural resources.
- Enhance the working environment and operations of OSMP’s Junior Ranger Program that is based out of Wonderland Lake.
- Enhance accessibility for visitors experiencing disabilities.
Why OSMP is seeking your input
In the summer of 2016, the Boulder City Council approved the North Trail Study Area Plan, which calls for dozens of actions across 7,700 acres of OSMP-managed lands north of Linden Avenue and the Diagonal Highway. Although not addressed in the North TSA, OSMP is evaluating future uses and upgrades to the existing Foothills Nature Center and possible new structures related to educational programming.
Thus, this concept will be evaluated in the Integrated Site Plan. Potential educational opportunities with structures in the area include keeping the Junior Ranger Program on the site, enhancing nature experiences for youth and encouraging kids to connect with nature for their mental and physical health.