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Phase 2: Boulder Reservoir South Shore Site Management Plan

South Shore Site Management Plan

The South Shore Management Area (South Shore) of the Boulder Reservoir consists of roughly 76 acres and is the location of the most intensive active recreational uses at the reservoir. Existing facilities on the South Shore include but are not limited to an administration and bath house facility, swim beach, boat house/marina building, maintenance building, dry and wet boat mooring areas, boat ramps, a variety of docks, 13 picnic site locations, and numerous parking areas.  In addition to hosting 300,000 annual visitors, the South Shore is also the site of roughly 35 annual large events including the Boulder Ironman and Boulder Triathlon.

The 2012 Boulder Reservoir Master Plan (BRMP) set forth an objective to develop a Site Management Plan for the South Shore area to address programmatic opportunities, operation and management thresholds, sustainable business model(s), vehicle and trail access, capital improvements, a site plan, and traffic and noise impacts of the South Shore facilities and supported activities. 

The Parks and Recreation Department is in the early stages of the South Shore Site Management Plan which will include significant public outreach and opportunities for public and user group comment and feedback. The department will continually update this website with opportunities for public feedback and as timelines and details of the planning process are determined.

Background

  • The Boulder Reservoir is divided into four management areas, each with its own character, recreational and operational aspects, and public interests.
  • In 2012, Boulder Parks and Recreation (BPR) developed the Boulder Reservoir Master Plan which in turn recommended development of detailed site management plans for the entire reservoir area.
  • In 2014, BPR began work on the Boulder Reservoir Site Management Plan.  An in depth facilities analysis was undertaken and public comment was received indicating the need for critical and timely infrastructure work in the South Shore Area.
  • Following completion of several critical projects, the scope of the management plan was divided into phases to allow for a narrowed focus on each specific management area.  The South Shore was selected as the first phase of the overall management plan due to is extremely heavy use and its position as the center of recreation and event activity at the reservoir.
  • The South Shore Management Area encompasses approximately 76 acres, sees roughly 300,000 visitors per year and annually hosts 35 large events.

Funding

The Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Capital Investment Program identified the South Shore Site Management Plan as a priority for funding. The plan is intended to build on the 2014 Site Management Plan process and will form the basis for future site management plans for the upcoming west, north and east shore management areas

Process

  • Work on the South Shore Site Management Plan commenced during summer 2017 and is anticipated to be completed by late spring 2018. 
  • The project began by building on comments and feedback received during the initial 2014 planning effort.  A series of public, stakeholder and city staff interviews, meetings and open houses were held to collect additional feedback on current reservoir operations, operational needs, and public amenities desired in the reservoir’s future.
  • Ideas and concepts for the South Shore’s future will be explored and incorporated into a variety of planning concepts for the South Shore area.  These planning concepts will be presented to the public for additional feedback during Fall 2018.
  • Building on feedback received this fall, the three planning concepts will be refined into a final hybrid plan that balances site elements with business and financial feasibility studies to ensure that site elements proposed are also financially viable.  The hybrid plan will again be presented to the public for additional review and comment in early 2018.
  • Approval of the final plan is made in the public forum of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB). PRAB meets on the 4th Monday of every month and PRAB meetings are always open to the public. PRAB offers advice and consultation to City Council and city departments on the acquisition, construction and maintenance of city park properties.

Public Participation and Project Timeline:

There will be at many opportunities throughout the planning process where staff will solicit feedback and participation.  The project will also be presented at several Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meetings, which are always open to the public. 

Information Gathering - June-August 2017

Project Kick-off
The project began with schedule and scope development by staff and consultants. Stakeholder and public meetings were scheduled held to inform and engage the community in valuable conversations.  Public participation opportunities included:

June 26:  Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting – Project Introduction

June 26 – Present:  Online Public Feedback Survey

July 5:  Stakeholder meeting for reservoir-based camps, clubs and vendors

July 1:  Public Open House at the East Boulder Community Center

July 23:  Public Open House at the Boulder Reservoir

August 28:  Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting – Project Update

September 25:  Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting – Summary of public, staff and stakeholder engagement efforts to date

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Plan Development - Fall 2017

Help staff make some tough decisions about priorities with the existing budget.
The ideas generated during the initial public comment phase will be vetted for feasibility and overall community needs. Those ideas will be developed in to 3 varied concept plans. The plans will be created to help generate the next level of community feedback and participation needed to help review and prioritize needs and wants with a confined budget. Public participation opportunities will include:

  • Open houses
  • Online surveys
  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting

Final Adjustments - Early 2018

Help staff make final adjustments to the plan.
Using the feedback received during the fall of 2017 and other more detailed information gathered such as estimated costs and long-term feasibility analyses, staff and consultants will create a final hybrid plan that commonly uses parts of each of the first 3 concept plans. This is an opportunity for the community to provide comments with regards to small final adjustments of the plan. Public participation opportunities will include:

  • Open houses
  • Online surveys
  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting

Final Approval - (Spring 2018)

Help staff share the process and support the implementation of the final plan.
Approval of the final plan is made in the public forum of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB). PRAB meets on the 4th Monday of every month and is always open to the public. PRAB offers advice and consultation to City Council and city departments on the acquisition, construction and maintenance of city park property.  Public participation opportunities will include:

  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting

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