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Central Park & Civic Area

Central Park & Civic Area

Central Park is located in downtown Boulder, adjacent to the site of the Boulder County Farmers’ Market, featuring Boulder Creek access, a playground, an educational walk with information about flood control, water use, and native species, and open turf for picnicking and other recreational activities.

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  • Picnic area
  • Playground
  • Fishing
  • Educational walk
  • Outdoor amphitheater (Band Shell)
  • Open turf
  • Paved walking paths
  • Demonstration garden
  • Leashed dogs permitted
  • RTD Access
  • Bike Route Access

Nature Play Opportunities

Central Park provides children with access to Boulder Creek, whether it is by simply dipping their feet in the water, or entering the water by tubing or kayaking. This creates an environment suitable for exploration and discovery of nature along the creek’s edges. Central Park has a variety of educational signage regarding information about Boulder’s flood history and control, water use and native species, including the Gilbert White Memorial Flood Level Marker.

Civic Eats Mobile Food Cart Vending Pilot | June to October

In 2018, the citylaunched a mobile food cart vending pilot in Central Park; this pilot has been extended for another year. From June to October, your taste buds can try a variety of delights from frozen treats to prepared sandwiches at various locations around the park. Don't forget, you can also visit park-bordering spots like the Dushanbe Tea House, Seeds Café and Mustards Last Stand.

To participate, please submit a Civic Area Mobile Cart Vendor Application pdf

Gilbert White Memorial Flood Level Marker

The Gilbert White Memorial Flood Level Marker is an 18-foot tall LED-illuminated structure that shows the creek's 50-year, 100-year, 500-year and Big Thompson historic flood levels. The structure was planned, designed and constructed by a committee of Gilbert's colleagues, friends and family, who also helped raise funds for the marker with private contributions and fundraising events. The marker was donated to the city and is maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department.

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