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Results from the Design Inspiration Initiative are in!
Earlier this spring, City Council members identified several program elements within the Civic Area where greater community engagement could benefit potential uses and design concepts: the Bandshell, 11th Street Spine Bridge, and Nature Play areas.
In response, the Boulder Civic Area Team introduced the Design Inspiration Initiative in May, which took input from community members on design ideas for the three elements through a two-month long, online public survey.
The survey closed on July 10, 2015 with 201 responses from the community members, which included many drawing/photo/sketch uploads. The Boulder Civic Area Team has compiled the final results of the survey into three collections.
To view a one-page overview of the statistical response summary, click here.
To view all responses to each of the survey questions, click here.
To view all of the uploaded drawing/photo/sketch submissions, click here.
The purpose of the Design Inspiration Initiative was to gather and analyze ideas directly from the community. Some of the final designs may evolve from many of the ideas submitted through the online survey. The survey was unscientific and not designed to produce tabulated results to dictate final designs. Rather, the qualitative input from community members were intended to produce a wide range of creative, community-based ideas for the Civic Area. Staff will now take these ideas and present options based on the community input to City Council members, who will provide the final direction on the program elements.
Thanks to the public and all participants of the Design Inspiration Initiative!
Illustrations from the July 15 Civic Area Open House now available
On July 15, the results of the ongoing Design Inspiration Initiative were shared with the community. The open house took place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) at 1750 13th Street. It was the same night as Farmers' Market, so attendence was steady all night long! The illustrations use at the open house of the Design Inspiration Initiative results can now be viewed. Please click on the following link:
These and other results will also be shared with City Council at a briefing on July 30, 2015.
Boulder Community Health Hospital Campus Info & FAQs
The City of Boulder is considering the acquisition of Boulder Community Health (BCH) site for $40 million.
On July 10, 2015, Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum called for a special session of City Council for July 14 to seek approval of the site.
On June 16, 2015, Boulder Council Members gave staff the authority to begin discussions with Boulder Community Health regarding the potential of acquiring the hospital campus site on Broadway.
Attached are some Frequently Asked Questions with answers that provide more information about this project.
Civic Area Master Plan now available!
The final Civic Area Master Plan approved by Boulder City Council is now available for download!
Please click here: Boulder Civic Area Master Plan - July 2015
Civic Area study session with City Council; Public Input report online
On Tuesday, March 31, the Civic Area team presented a hybrid park site plan (based on input received from the community, stakeholders, and boards and commissions) as well as provided an update on the master plan to the Boulder City Council.
- See the Study Session packet (including hybrid park site plan renderings).
- See the council-approved Study Session summary.
- Watch the recorded Study Session.
To inform City Council at the study session, staff shared feedback received during all March outreach events (both in-person and online). View the March 2015 Public Input Report!
2015 Implementation activities
Develop the Civic Area Park Site Plan – Based on community input and the council-adopted Vision Plan , staff is developing a detailed Civic Area Park Site Plan. Park improvements will be funded by the 2014 Community, Culture and Safety tax funding, which includes approximately $8.7 million to kick start the implementation of the Civic Area Vision Plan and will coordinate with the more than $5 million from the tax devoted to Boulder Creek Path, 11th Street lighting and Arapahoe underpass improvements.
The Park Site Plan will be shaped by site analysis work and various technical studies, including the Canyon Boulevard Complete Street that began in 2014 and will continue throughout 2015.
Update the Civic Area Master Plan – In order to advance implementation items for the near-term and guide further work on longer-term investments, amendments to the adopted Civic Area Vision Plan will be proposed in mid-2015, with the intent of replacing the existing 1992 Boulder Civic Center Master Plan.
Civic Area Project Phases
Short-term Site Improvements
The Civic Area can be improved by enhancing a sense of place, basic physical transformations and tying the various pieces together to create a cohesive community destination.
The Short-term Site Improvements will fulfill the community's vision in three critical thematic areas: The Creek at the Core, Community Spaces, and Connections and Access.
Civic Area Safety
Throughout the 18-month visioning process, safety in the Civic Area was a consistent concern and theme to be addressed. The city heard the community loud and clear, and safety is being enhanced by:
- Hiring seasonal ambassadors to welcome residents and visitors to the Civic Area and help ensure safety and provide information about events and activities;
- Increased Police presence and enforcement of illegal activities in the Civic Area; and
- Enhanced activity and programming in the area to promote eyes on the park.
The Civic Area is a beautiful, central backdrop for community events. City and community events draw people to the area, create positive experiences and foster support for future improvements.
More than half of the 27-acre Civic Area site is Civic and Central parks, with Boulder Creek flowing through the middle. A green spine that unifies spaces and provides natural beauty, ecological richness, shade, recreation, art and places to gather.
In 2015, activation of the Boulder Civic Area will be the top implementation priority. Civic Area activation means providing, supporting and delivering a public space that is inviting to all users via events, short-term site improvements and safety enhancements.
The Boulder Civic Area Vision Plan was adopted to guide the transformation of the area over the coming years. The city will be working with the community, stakeholders and public parkland consultant Tom Leader Studio to develop an overall master plan and detailed site plan for the public parkland in the Civic Area.
Utilize existing and commission necessary technical reports and surveys to inform/increase knowledge of area existing conditions, constraints and opportunities.
Through a competitive RFQ process, the city selected Tom Leader Studio to be the master planning and public parkland design consultant. Tom Leader Studio has delivered similar transformative projects like the 20-acre redevelopment of Railroad Park in downtown Birmingham, Alabama.
Tom Leader Studio will also have a consultant support team, including:
- HR&A – to provide advisory services related to park programming and business planning strategy.
- Anderson Consulting Engineers and ERO – to provide environmental and engineering consultation related to floodplain and wetland observances.
- JVA Consultants – to consult on civil engineering; and
- Rick Epstein for urban planning consulting.
Civic Area Working Groups will also provide an advisory function related to potential programming and space options for the master and site planning process.
Master Plan Development
Civic Area master planning work will happen concurrently with detailed parkland site plan to ensure that the park design integrates and fits within the overall master plan for the area.
The city will partner with area tenants and business owners, community-members and other subject matter experts to realize the full potential of the Boulder Civic Area.
Civic Area Working Groups will function in an advisory capacity, with staff and boards and commissions responsible for recommendations to the Boulder City Council. The groups will also provide input into the concept planning and parkland design process, which is occurring concurrently with the working group sessions.
Arts Working Group – charged with collaborating with the Library and Arts ‘Community Cultural Plan’ currently under development as well as brainstorming, prioritizing and better defining ideas for arts programming and space needs.
Innovation Working Group – charged with exploring how the city can best support and bolster Boulder’s creative community.
Local Food Working Group – charged with identifying the sustainability and economic feasibility of enhancing the local food community through near and longer-term programming and capital projects, such as a community kitchen, an integrated market hall, and a food incubator.
Capital Projects and New Facilities
Civic Area capital projects and potential new facilities (referred to at the ‘Bookends’ in the Vision Plan) require due diligence work related to geotechnical conditions, various site surveys, parking, flood requirements, and other potential project feasibility issues and cost impacts.
The overall concept plan and parkland design (expected to be finished in early 2015) will better inform potential capital projects in the Boulder Civic Area.