Howard Heuston Park
Howard Heuston Park is a neighborhood park featuring a playground, off-leash dog area and basketball court.
June 18 Update
Thanks to everyone who came out to the meeting last night! We had a great turnout. As promised by request, below you'll find the testimonials from previous projects provided by the skate area designer.
June 11 Update
The BPR Master Plan outlines several key themes that guide the renovation and development of parks in Boulder such as Howard Hueston. These include taking care of what we have, youth activity and engagement, community health and wellness and building community. Each of these themes are evident in how staff renovate and improve parks to provide opportunities for all ages and demographics and allow Boulder’s neighborhoods to truly be a place where all community members can enjoy their park and meet their neighbors. Howard Hueston is a great park that has many uses serving the neighbors such as a dog park, soccer field, playground, plaza area and open lawn for all uses. There is a basketball court to serve all ages, but the one aspect of the park that was planned in 2016, but not developed was the skate area that would focus on children and teens beyond the typical playground.
Again, as an outcome of the master plan, our community has asked us to focus on youth and children in the planning and design of parks and thus we have intentionally provided amenities that focus on children and teens beyond the typical playground equipment and ballfields. Mini Skate Areas provide opportunities for beginner level activity for scooters, bikes, skateboards, roller blades and other wheeled sports. These are low-cost amenities that require little maintenance and serve all ages. These features are small and only allow a few users at a time and are certainly not a destination park such as Valmont or Scott Carpenter. Many other parks are planned to have these small features in the future as renovations occur at other neighborhood parks.
At the upcoming meeting, staff look forward to sharing more information about the background and process that has been completed to date, what exactly is being planned as well as how the ideas and suggestions of the neighbors can be incorporated and shape the final design of the features. The skate contractor will also be at the meeting to respond to questions, provide examples and information about the project. In the meantime, feel free to review the links to the information that will be presented at the meeting.
To preview the information boards before the meeting, click here or by click on the image below.
June 4 Update
Staff Presentation at 5:15 to:
• Present plans for the project
• Hear feedback
• Answer questions
May 13 Update
- Construction on the new skate park was planned to start around June. Construction of this amenity has been put on hold pending a future community meeting.
- The 4,200 square foot skate park was planned between the playground and the basketball court and was to include elements for all skill levels.
- Learn more on the Skate Park Improvements project page.
UPDATE: We want to honor the previous process that occurred in 2017, and the voices that were heard at that time, but also understand that the needs of the neighborhood may have changed. We have put the project on hold for now, and we are planning a community meeting to discuss the project in early June. Please add your email address to the list below to stay updated about meeting details, as well as general project updates.
- Basketball Court
- Picnic Tables
- Open Turf
- Off-leash Dog Area (Voice and Sight Tag required)
- Paved Walking Paths
- Street Parking
- Bike Racks
- RTD Bus Access
- Bike Route Access
Summary of Off-leash Dog Area Rules
- It is your responsibility to know all rules and regulations concerning the off-leash dog area.
- Lack of responsible dog or guardian behavior may result in a summons being issued.
- Dogs must be on-leash in the park outside of the designated off-leash dog area.
- Only people who have registered with the city’s Voice and Sight Tag Program may have a dog off-leash in the off-leash dog area.
- Voice and Sight Tag must be visibly displayed on each dog that is off-leash.
- Voice and Sight includes the requirement that your dog must respond immediately to your command. If you command your dog to come and stay with you, the dog must obey immediately regardless of any temptations or distractions.
- All dogs must be currently vaccinated and display a City of Boulder dog license or current ID and rabies vaccination tag.
- Dog guardian must have, in their possession, a leash for each dog in a condition to be attached to the dog without delay.
- No more than 2 dogs simultaneously off-leash allowed per dog guardian.
- No charging, chasing, harassing or otherwise displaying aggression toward any person, dog or wildlife is allowed.
- Dog guardians must immediately remove and dispose of their pet's excrement.
- Be aware of park property boundary and respectful to neighbors by keeping your dog within off-leash area.
For more information about the Voice and Sight Tag Program, please visit www.voiceandsight.org
To report animal protection issues, please call 303-441-3333.