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Boulder Reservoir

Boulder Reservoir

About the Boulder Reservoir

Boulder Reservoir is a 700-acre, multi-use recreation and water-storage facility, owned and managed by the City of Boulder and operated as a water supply by the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District. It is used for recreation, drinking water and irrigation. Popular recreation activities at the reservoir include boating, swimming, sun bathing, water skiing, fishing, picnics, walking, running, cycling and wildlife viewing.

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Visitor Services Center

The 2012 Boulder Reservoir Master Plan pdf indicated the need for renewal and renovation of several key facilities that support visitor use at the reservoir. Additionally, recent facility assessments of the existing Reservoir Bathhouse and Administration Building show that while some system deficiencies can be addressed through maintenance or minor repairs, others have reached or surpassed their expected life cycle and require significant repair, rehabilitation or replacement. Maintenance issues are affecting the operation of the facility and diminish the opportunities for quality visitor experiences at the reservoir.

This means we are in the early planning stages to envision a new Visitor Services Center to replace the existing Reservoir Bathhouse and Administration Building. The first meeting on Sept. 22 was an opportunity for the community to review the options for renewal of the bathhouse to meet several key program functions including restrooms, concessions, visitor areas and administrative functions. The purpose of the meeting was for community feedback on schematic alternatives to assist in the development of a recommended plan to address building functionality given current uses, proposed uses and demand.

DRAFT Preferred Concept Plan*

Based upon feedback from the September 22 open house meeting and public comments received during the online plan review and comment period, a Draft Preferred Concept Plan* has been developed for the Reservoir Bathhouse and Administration Building redevelopment, now known as the Visitor Services Center. The plan seeks to combine the best aspects of the 3 Concept Option Plans into a cohesive and comprehensive plan for enhanced guest experience as well as improved functionality for reservoir operations.

Highlights of the plan include:

  • New Guest Services and Administration Facilities
    • A new modern, family friendly, open and bright facility including:
    • Guest locker rooms, changing areas and restroom facilities
    • Concessions area with indoor and outdoor dining options
    • Public meeting space
    • Event and group gathering space
    • Staff offices
  • New Site Amenities
    • Outdoor dining and events plaza with reservoir and Flatirons views
    • Children’s play areas at plaza and beach levels
    • Outdoor amphitheater space built into side grading for movie nights and performances
    • Boardwalk/promenade offering reservoir views, beach access and seating areas
    • New life guard station with beach level public restroom

* Please note, this conceptual plan illustrates a depiction of potential full-build of the facility. Implementation will occur in phases based on available funding and essential guest and staff services will be prioritized for early phases of construction.

Provide Your Feedback on the DRAFT Preferred Concept Plan

The DRAFT Preferred Concept Plan will be presented to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) at its November 28, 2016 meeting. The plan is posted below for public viewing and comments. Simply click on the link and provide your comments below.  Online public comments will be taken through January 5, 2016 . Please don't forget to hit SUBMIT FORM when you are done.

View the DRAFT Preferred Concept Plan and Provide Feedback:
Site Plan pdf
Renderings 1-3 pdf
Renderings 4-6 pdf


September  - Public meeting and online plan review of 3 concept plans
October/November - Feedback reviewed and used to develop a DRAFT Preferred Concept Plan
November 28  - DRAFT Preferred Concept Plan presented to PRAB and posted online for community review and comment

January 5 - Community comment period closes
January - Feedback from PRAB and the community is reviewed and used to develop the Final Concept Plan
January 23 - Final Concept Plan presented to PRAB

Anticipated Construction



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