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Visitor Services Center Redevelopment

Boulder Reservoir Visitor Services Center Redevelopment

The 2012 Boulder Reservoir Master Plan pdf

indicated the need for renewal and renovation of several key facilities that support visitor use at the reservoir. Additionally, recent facility assessments of the existing 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.

An extensive conceptual and public engagement process in 2016 yielded a final concept for the replacement of the existing administration and bathhouse facility with a new Visitor Services Center. The new facility will replace the existing bath house and administration building providing an enhanced guest experience as well as improved functionality for reservoir operations.

Highlights of the plan include:

  • New Guest Services and Administration Facilities
    • A new modern, family friendly, open and bright facility including:
      • Guest locker rooms, changing areas and restroom facilities
      • Concessions area with indoor and outdoor dining options
      • Public meeting space
      • Event and group gathering space
      • Staff offices
  • New Site Amenities
    • Outdoor dining and events plaza with reservoir and Flatirons views
    • Children’s play areas at plaza and beach levels
    • Outdoor amphitheater space built into side grading for movie nights and performances
    • Boardwalk/promenade offering reservoir views, beach access and seating areas
    • New life guard station with beach level public restroom

* Please note, this conceptual plan illustrates a depiction of potential full-build of the facility. Implementation will occur in phases based on available funding and essential guest and staff services will be prioritized for early phases of construction.

Design Development

The Final Concept Plan was approved by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on Jan. 23, 2017. Staff will be working with a consultant team throughout 2017 to develop detailed design drawings in anticipation of project bidding in spring 2018 and construction of the new facility starting in fall 2018..



  • September  - Public meeting and online plan review of 3 concept plans
  • October/November - Feedback reviewed and used to develop a DRAFT Preferred Concept Plan
  • November 28  - DRAFT Preferred Concept Plan presented to PRAB and posted online for community review and comment


  • Jan. 5 - Community comment period closes
  • January - Feedback from PRAB and the community is reviewed and used to develop the Final Concept Plan
  • Jan. 23 - Final Concept Plan presented to PRAB
  • Spring through Fall – Design drawings, construction bidding and permitting


  • Fall - Anticipated Construction Begins


  • Spring -  Anticipated Opening of New Facility

Boulder Reservoir Planning Project Page

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