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Admiral Arleigh A. Burke Park

Admiral Arleigh A. Burke Park

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Admiral Arleigh A. Burke Park is a neighborhood park located adjacent to Horizons K-8 featuring Thunderbird Lake, a playground*, basketball court*, and open turf with berms for unstructured play.

**The City of Boulder reminds residents and open space and parks visitors to exercise caution as sustained high temperatures have increased the risk of potentially harmful algae blooms at city lakes and ponds.**
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  • Water access
  • Playground*
  • Basketball court*
  • Outdoor classroom
  • Open turf
  • Sheltered picnic tables
  • Benches
  • Paved walking paths
  • Bike racks
  • Leashed dogs permitted
  • RTD access
  • Street parking

*Available for public use outside of school hours.

Nature Play Opportunities

Children are able to observe and explore the lake at designated access points, learn in the outdoor classrooms, and play creatively in the open turf with berms.

Thunderbird Lake Update 

2016-2019 Adaptive Management Plan

To ensure the long-term sustainability of the lake, BPR hired a consultant team to develop an Adaptive Management Plan pdf to respond to the findings of lake monitoring efforts pdf. In addition to providing goals and recommendations, the 2016-2019 Adaptive Management Plan report outlines inspection, monitoring and response actions in line with an adaptive management approach. The framework for the report also responds to and supports themes established in the Boulder Parks and Recreation Department Master Plan (2014) including taking care of existing assets, financial sustainability, and building community and relationships.