North Boulder Park
- Public restrooms (May to September)
- Picnic tables - 10 with shelter
- Grills - 2 with shelter
- Fitness equipment station (note: 14 years and older)
- Ball fields
- Ping pong table
- Half-court basketball
- Emma Walsh memorial fountain
- RTD bus route access
- Bike route access
North Boulder Park: Something for everyone
North Boulder Park offers many amenities for people of all ages and interests. If it snows, click into your skinny skis for some laps; if it’s windy, dust-off your skis; if it’s Boulder-beautiful, grab a picnic and your family’s favorite toys for the best free fun around. Newly renovated, this ADA compliant park gained some great enhacements in 2013, that were suggested by local neighbors. Check out the park’s latest nature play features, teen-adult oriented fitness equipment and upgraded shelter area.
Top five things to do at North Boulder Park
- Play ball: two ball diamonds at the park
- Pick-up sports field: large turf area that’s open on a first-come, first-served basis
- Have a picnic: reserve the shelter with picnic tables, restrooms, and grills. Call 303.413-7200.
- Workout: use the new teen-adult outdoor fitness equipment
- Ping pong or half court basketball (NW corner of park): try out our new permanent, concrete ping pong table.
The thirteen-acre North Boulder Park has a storied history.
It’s common knowledge that the park’s colorful past includes hosting the starting line for the first-ever Bolder Boulder 10K race. The park has seen the likes of Olympic legend and world champion cyclists flying around the park during epic crit stages of the Red Zinger and Coors Classic bicycle races. But do you know the story of a little girl named Emma?
Emma Walsh is the daughter of Joe Walsh, the famous guitarist and keyboardist in the rock band, The Eagles. Emma loved North Boulder Park and played there with her mom, Stefany, almost every day after they moved to Boulder from Nederland in the early 1970’s. Tragically, Emma died as the result of a car accident, just shy of her 3rd birthday. In May 1976, a memorial fountain in North Boulder Park was dedicated to her by her father.
Emma’s short life inspired Walsh’s track, “Song For Emma”, on his first “official” solo album, “So What”. While touring with singer Stevie Nicks in 1984, Walsh took Nicks to the park’s fountain. Nicks then immortalized the experience in her song, “Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You”, on her 1985 album Rock A Little.
Our city’s parks are full of interesting history. In the meantime, make your own history in a park this spring.