Park and Facility Construction Plans and Updates
Below is a list of the Parks and Recreation Department's plans, projects or initiatives that are currently underway. Please click on the tabs for more information on each project.
Park and Facility Design
Boulder Junction (previously known as Transit Village) is a 160-acre redevelopment area that is being transformed into a mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented neighborhood with regional transit connections and public spaces that will benefit the entire community. Located within the development will be a roughly .75-acre pocket park that will be maintained by the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department. Planning for the park space is anticipated to begin in the Fall of 2017.
More information about Boulder Junction Park
The 2012 Boulder Reservoir Master Plan indicated the need for a comprehensive plan for the South Shore management area of the reservoir to provide for the renewal and renovation of several key facilities that support visitor use. Staff has engaged a consultant firm to assist in the development and significant public engagement required for this process.
More information about Boulder Reservoir South Shore Site Management Plan
The 2012 Boulder Reservoir Master Plan indicated the need for renewal and renovation of several key facilities that support visitor use at the reservoir. Additionally, recent facility assessments of the Reservoir Visitor Services Center show that while some system deficiencies can be addressed through maintenance or minor repairs, others have reached or surpassed their expected life cycle and require significant repair, rehabilitation or replacement. Maintenance issues are affecting the operation of the facility and diminish the opportunities for quality visitor experiences at the reservoir.
A planning project with a consultant team began in the first quarter of 2016 to review options for renewal of the Visitor Services Center to meet several key program functions including restrooms, concessions, visitor areas and administrative functions.
More information about the Visitor Services Center
More information about Scott Carpenter Pool Design
We are repairing the Coot Lake Trail on the east and north shores. The northeastern section of the Coot Lake trail will be closed during repair work, which is scheduled November 2017 through spring 2018.
More information about Coot Lake
Construction activities in the Civic Area continue to progress on schedule with completion anticipated in December 2017. Civic Area Phase 1 construction began in 2016 with efforts underway to ensure the park’s smooth construction and sustainable future. The City of Boulder has formed an Interim Civic Area Governance Team charged with implementing a short-term plan focused on Phase 1 sustainability and activation. As part of the larger Civic Area Steering Committee, they are exploring ease of use, potential funding models and partnership opportunities critical to the area’s vibrancy and long term success.
More information about Civic Area Park
Forestry and Natural Lands Management
Staff met with the city Integrated Pest Manager, OSMP and consultant (Ottertail) to discuss the West Nile Virus and Nuisance Mosquito Management programs. Ottertail will perform a thorough habitat assessment including considerations for some private land habitat alterations.
The seasonal crew continues to focus on species mandated by State regulations; however, new species have been added to the mandated eradication list making efforts increasingly difficult with existing staff numbers. In the last month, the crew has treated 58 acres for purple loosestrife and 35 for hairy willow-herb.
Seasonal wildlife closures have been implemented to protect various birds. Over the decades, many of these species have suffered significant habitat loss, causing some of them to suffer a steady decline in populations. No designated parks and recreation trails will be closed as part of these wildlife closures. For specific dates and locations please visit the web pages for Burrowing owl and Osprey, northern harrier and American bittern.
Staff, volunteers and the consultant have all reported on the birds of concern at the Boulder Reservoir and Coot Lake sites in or near the closure areas. Near Coot Lake, a bittern pair, osprey and male harriers have been observed along with 38 other bird species, including great horned owl, common yellowthroat, and savannah sparrow. Bitterns are starting to show up in greater numbers near dry creek while harrier fledglings and 3 downy young Ospreys were observed near Little Dry Creek.
Over 30 new and returning volunteers attended the annual training to learn the proper protocols to observe and report on and bird activity and closures at Boulder Reservoir sites. The field training visit confirmed that all closures were active with birds of special concern. In addition, Reservoir staff and Boulder Aeromodel Society (BAS) board members were trained on best practices to minimize the impact to nesting species when retrieving downed aircraft within the Dry Creek Closure.
Staff continues to collaborate with the Urban Wildlife Conservation Coordinator to determine prairie dog relocation potential and priorities. The City has numerous prairie dog colonies (approximately 65 acres on Parks and Recreation properties and 697 on OSMP) that are identified for near-term removal because they conflict with management objectives, human land uses or development. Staff is evaluating approximately 260 acres of OSMP property that meets their Grassland Ecosystem Management Plan’s criteria as potential relocation sites and will be performing outreach to neighbors, discussing sites with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and investigating the best way to address potential stakeholder concerns.
Strategic and Long-Range Plans
In response to recent and potential impacts to Boulder’s urban tree canopy including, but not limited to, the current Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation, climate change, and individual severe weather events such as the 2002 drought and extreme temperature fluctuations, Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department will complete a broader scope Urban Forest Strategic Plan. The plan will capitalize on the recently completed public tree inventory and make recommendations for urban tree management for city parks and street rights-of-way.
More information about Urban Forest Strategic Plan
In 2012, the MOB signed a contract to purchase a building in downtown Boulder indicating their intention to relocate museum operations. The MOB has announced plans to vacate the Harbeck-Bergheim property in 2018. Once vacated by the MOB, the house and surrounding property will require currently unfunded annual operation and maintenance to be a proper steward of the historical asset.
More information about Harbeck-Bergheim House