Pearl Street Mall
The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department maintains the Pearl Street Mall. Staff plants thousands of flowers on the Pearl Street Mall every spring and summer, importing 15,000 tulip bulbs from Holland and planting more than 6,000 annuals for a varied mix throughout the season. There are 58 ground flower beds, seven raised beds, 98 hanging pots and 52 containers.
In addition to planting and caring for flowers, plants and trees on the mall, parks staff performs the following tasks:
- Cleaning every morning - seven days a week
- Trash removal daily
- Graffiti removal
- Furniture and structure repair and maintenance (benches, light poles, bollards, bricks, etc.)
- Water feature care and maintenance
- Snow removal
- Event management
- Customer service
Smoke-free area on the Pearl Street Mall
The Boulder City Council approved an ordinance banning smoking on the Pearl Street Mall on Dec. 18, 2012. The ordinance bans all smoking between 11th and 15th streets on the Pearl Street Mall, and on the lawn of the Boulder County Courthouse. The maximum penalty for a first or second offense within two years is a fine of $500; a third and subsequent conviction within two years triggers the general penalty provision of a maximum $1,000 fine and/or maximum of 90 days in jail.
Pearl Street Mall History
The Pearl Street Mall was designated as the "Downtown Boulder Mall" on Aug. 6, 1977. The new city park prohibited cars.