Park and Facility Construction Plans and Updates
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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
Staff is currently in the design phase for renovations of several parks identified as priorities through the department’s asset management program based on life-cycle and known deficiencies. The parks were funded through the capital improvement process for 2016 and will continue into 2017 in order to continue the department’s goal of “Taking Care of What We Have." Selected park projects include Arapahoe Ridge Park (Rock Park) in East Boulder, Tantra Park in South Boulder and Howard Heuston Park located in northeast Boulder.
More information about Arapahoe Ridge Park
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 2016.
More information about Boulder Junction Park
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 Bathhouse and Administration Building 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 will begin in the first quarter of 2016 to review options for renewal of the bathhouse to meet several key program functions including restrooms, concessions, visitor areas and administrative functions. The purpose of the planning project will be to develop schematic alternatives and a recommended plan to address building functionality given current uses, proposed uses and demand.
More information about Bathhouse and Administration Building Design
More information about Central Park and Civic Area
More information about Chautauqua Pedestrian Safety, Access and Lighting Improvements Project
Staff is currently in the design phase for renovations of several parks identified as priorities through the department’s asset management program based on life-cycle and known deficiencies. The parks were funded through the capital improvement process for 2016 and will continue into 2017 in order to continue the department’s goal of “Taking Care of What We Have”. Selected park projects include Arapahoe Ridge Park (Rock Park) in East Boulder , Tantra Park in South Boulder and Howard Heuston Park located in northeast Boulder.
More information about Howard Heuston Park
Scott Carpenter pool is a unique amenity in Boulder that continues to be a priority for the community and supports a variety of recreation and fitness opportunities. Recognizing the current challenges and condition of Scott Carpenter pool, staff has initiated a planning project to develop schematic design alternatives for the renovation of the pool at Scott Carpenter Park to understand capital costs and opportunities for improvements to serve the community for years to come. The department currently is in the process of selecting consultants for the project and the selected consultant will develop alternatives based on recommendations of the recent Aquatics Feasibility Plan (AFP), which included extensive community outreach. Alternatives will also consider pool design elements that would serve multiple needs within the community and support enhancements that have been communicated by the community. The outcome of the design alternatives will inform the capital project to replace the pool in the coming years.
More information about Scott Carpenter Pool Design
Staff is currently in the design phase for renovations of several parks identified as priorities through the department’s asset management program based on life-cycle and known deficiencies. The parks were funded through the capital improvement process for 2016 and will continue into 2017 in order to continue the department’s goal of “Taking Care of What We Have”. Selected park projects include Arapahoe Ridge Park (Rock Park) in East Boulder, Tantra Park in South Boulder and Howard Heuston Park located in northeast Boulder.
More information about Tantra Park
As a first step in minor capital improvements to the park, approximately 20 volunteers showed their support on Community Clean-up Day by assisting staff in planting pollinator-friendly vegetation on the berms that were previously low functioning habitat. Additional improvements to look forward to later this summer include shelter and flower bed renovations, sidewalk improvements, and a signage update.
More information about Burke Park
Staff has completed the design phase for the playground renovation at Christensen Park based on community feedback. The next step is the development of final construction documents with anticipated construction to begin in the late summer or early fall of 2016. Portions of the park will be closed during the construction period for your safety.
More information about Christensen Park
Future Projects – not yet listed or no available public information yet
- Athletic Field Enhancements – Foothills, Stazio, Pleasantview
- Elks Park Arbor
- University Hill GOCO School Yard Initiative
- North Boulder Rec Center Pool Renovation
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.
The 2016 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 for 2016 and beyond. 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.
The city of Boulder is now a pilot community for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Wild Neighbors program. Through coordination with Parks and Recreation, the Urban Wildlife Coordinator and Animal Control, a MOU was signed between HSUS and Animal Control to emphasize humane wildlife conflict resolution practices. HSUS representatives visited Boulder again on July 27 to continue trainings for staff. More information can be found at http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/wild_neighbors .
Strategic and Long-Range Plans
The Facilities Strategic Plan (FSP) is currently being completed by an architectural and engineering consultant. This project is a multi-departmental effort to inventory and assess the condition of over twenty city buildings across six different departments including Human Services, Library Services, the Fire Department, Police, Parks and Recreation, and Facilities and Asset Management. The project will yield information on building components, deficiencies and required improvements to guide future capital projects and ensure vibrant and safe public facilities. Further, it will identify Current Replacement Values (CRV) and Facility Condition (FC) that will be used to inform a Capital Investment Strategy including life-cycle analysis and to develop a comprehensive operations and management plan to keep current on preventative maintenance asset management. The team has completed their inventory and analysis of the recreation facilities and has started analyzing the data. A draft of the Facilities Strategic Plan is anticipated in March 2016 and staff will keep PRAB updated on the outcomes of the study.
- Urban Forest Strategic Plan
- Fourmile Canyon Creek Community and Environmental Assessment Process (CEAP) including Violet Park
- Crestview Park
- Eben G. Fine Park Stream Bank Restoration
- Evert Pierson Kids’ Fishing Pond
- Flatirons Golf Course Restrooms and Event Center Demolition
- Harlow Platts Community Park
- Knollwood Tennis Courts
- Nature Play Symposium
- Valmont City Park Concept Plan