Eben G. Fine Park
Due to public health and safety concerns, and in an effort to prevent large gatherings and ensure proper physical distancing, the City of Boulder has closed park lands and the creek bed north of the Boulder Creek Path from the eastern boundary of Eben G. Fine Park, located at 101 Arapahoe Ave., to the western boundary of the city, effective immediately. This closure is intended to reduce the community spread of COVID-19 in an area shown as conducive to social gathering and large groups exceeding current Safer at Home orders.
Eben G. Fine Park will remain open. The kayak course and Boulder Creek also are open to water activities with access to the kayak course available just west of Eben G. Fine Park.
COVID-19 closures and re-openings
Boulder Parks and Recreation is working hard planning for the return of recreation facilities and programming.
Eben G. Fine Park contains portions of the Boulder Creek and Boulder Creek Path with a variety of recreational amenities, including a playground, open turf, a picnic shelter and additional picnic areas. The shelter may be rented in advance or used on a first-come/first-serve basis. Grills are not permitted unless a permit has been obtained at least 7 days in advance - during the summer season the shelter must be reserved to get the grill permit. A multi-use pedestrian bridge over Boulder Creek connects the park to the Red Rocks and Settler's Park Open Space and Mountain Parks area directly to the north.
- Water access
- Open turf
- Nature walk
- Sheltered and unsheltered picnic tables
- Public restrooms - open year round with closures during cold weather
- Bike racks
- Leashed dogs permitted
- Parking lot
- Bike trail access
- RTD access
Nature Play Opportunities
Children have a variety of opportunities for nature play at Eben G. Fine Park. Boulder Creek is easily accessible for play, exploration, and observation. In addition, educational signs are posted along the Boulder Creek Path describing how to observe wildlife without disturbing their habitat and the importance of this riparian corridor. The playground also contains climbing structures and sand for free play.
History: About Eben G. Fine
Eben Givens Fine was born in Missouri in 1865. He came to Boulder in 1886 to take a job in George Fonda's drug store. In 1907 he became part owner of Temple Drug Company. Fine retired from his profession as a pharmacist in 1927, and was elected secretary of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, a position he held for many years. He was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, serving twice as its secretary.
Fine helped raise subscriptions to build the Boulderado Hotel, and helped organize the Semi-Centennial Celebration in 1909. He was instrumental in bringing a group of Ute Indians to Boulder for the celebration. Fine lectured extensively on Boulder, making annual tours around the country to promote Boulder through slide lectures. He became the city’s biggest promoter, earning him the nickname, “Mr. Boulder.” He wrote a book of reminiscences shortly before his death called "Remembered Yesterdays." Eben G. Fine died on April 30, 1957 at the age of 91.