To encourage community building and public art as a means to transform roadway public space into neighborhood assets, Paint the Pavement is a city program that allows mural painting on public streets. The program was created in response to neighborhood interest and encouragement from City Council and the Transportation Advisory Board.

How to Paint the Pavement

Neighborhoods interested in pursing a paint the pavement project should begin by reading the Paint the Pavement Packet. It outlines the process required to obtain city approval to paint a mural in a public right-of-way.

Included are the Paint the Pavement Installation Agreement, which authorizes the mural and deems it art rather than graffiti, and the Block Party to Paint the Pavement Permit Application, which is the most likely mechanism for closing the street segment for installing the mural.

Neighborhood Projects


The Holiday neighborhood gathered for a block party to install their Paint the Pavement artwork at the intersection of 16th Street and Zamia Avenue. Tinker Art Studio designed the mural.

Goss Grove

Located at the intersection of 19th and Grove Streets, the Goss Grove neighborhood painted a compass. Organizers understood the project to build community pride among residents, which include college students, families and retirees. The mural was designed by a Goss Grove resident and local artist.

Martin Acres

Residents painted a colorful mural on the roadway of South 31st Street, between the two intersections of Bucknell Court. It was a part of the City of Boulder's "Paint the Pavement" pilot project, which allows residents to paint murals on public streets.

This pilot project was developed in response to the enthusiastic interest of community-minded Martin Acres neighbors and with the encouragement of the City of Boulder Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) and Boulder City Council. The goals are to build community and rethink the use of roadway public space.