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Chautauqua Access Management Plan

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 ●  Park to Park  ● Email the CAMP Team

The 2020 Park to Park free shuttle season has now ended.
The shuttle runs from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend in May through the Labor Day holiday in September. The shuttle runs on Saturdays, Sundays, and summer holidays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and paid parking in and around the park is $2.50/hour. For 2020, the shuttles were larger to allow for social distancing on the buses, and face coverings were required when within six feet of others. 

Park to Park (CAMP summer pilot) page



What is the Chautauqua Access Management Plan?

The Chautauqua Access Management Plan (CAMP) explores ways to manage existing demand for access to and from the Chautauqua area in ways that minimize impacts to surrounding neighbors, visitors and the area’s natural and cultural resources. The CAMP will not explore limiting demand to the area, such as decreasing access to open space.

Visit the Park to Park webpage to find out more about the summer parking changes and the FREE shuttle to the Chautauqua Park.

CAMP Project Archive


The lease between the City of Boulder and the Colorado Chautauqua Association (CCA) was renegotiated in 2015. New language in the “Access and Parking Management” section of the lease stipulates the development of a Chautauqua Access Management Plan (CAMP). 

"As a national, regional and local landmark and attraction, Chautauqua needs a tailored access management strategy to balance the access of the variety of users and modes while also maintaining the natural, built, and historic environments ... The parties recognize that during peak periods, parking demand for all uses with and around Chautauqua far exceeds supply. The movement of vehicles looking for parking presents safety issues and degrades the visitor experience. During the first year of the Lease, the parties commit to develop a Chautauqua Access Management Plan (CAMP), which shall be thereafter periodically reviewed and revised by the parties to address current circumstances and conditions."

- From the 2015 lease signed between Colorado Chautauqua Association (CCA) and City of Boulder

The CAMP is intended to be a tailored access management strategy to balance the access of the variety of users and modes while also maintaining the natural, built, and historic environments. Some of the issues that confront Chautauqua currently are:
  • Inadequate parking supply for peak parking times during the year.
  • Parking issues in the lease hold and surrounding neighborhoods.
  1. Specifically it affects quality of life
  2. Finding a place to park
  3. Vehicle circulation issues
  • Pedestrian Access issues on Baseline Road:
  1. Drivers not yielding to pedestrians at crosswalks.
  2. Pedestrians have to walk in the street when parking on the south side of Baseline Road, due to the lack of a sidewalk on the south side.
  3. Noise and fume issues in neighborhood from event buses.


Access and Parking

In 2012 the City and the CCA partnered to evaluate parking and access issues in the leasehold area. As a part of this project, the partnership collected parking utilization and parking duration data on all available spaces within the leasehold area and in the neighborhood to the north of Chautauqua on three separate days.

The results of that data collection showed some areas of high parking utilization within the leasehold area, but very few areas of high parking utilization in the neighborhood north of Chautauqua. Some other key findings of this study include:

  • Parking utilization in the leasehold area was much higher on the weekend as well as the duration for which guests parked.
  • During the weekday, the majority of vehicles in the Chautauqua area (between 50% and 85% depending on the lot or block) parked for less than two hours. A small minority (between 0% and 20% depending on the lot or block) parked for more than four hours.
  • The peak period of parking utilization was from 10AM to 1PM on both weekdays and weekends.
  • A significant majority (80% to 90%) of vehicles entering Chautauqua did so from the main entrance (Baseline and Grant), rather than the 12th St. entrance.
  • The full report and its findings can be found here pdf.

Using the data and analyses from this study, a series of pilot programs for the leasehold area were advanced by staff for City Council’s consideration but none of these pilots were adopted for implementation. Council members’ biggest concerns at that time seemed to be the concept of restricting parking on streets near open space and park property.


Open House Materials - April 28, 2016

City of Boulder staff held their first CAMP open house on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Materials presented at this open house are available below. Later open house materials are available under the Community Engagement tab as they were also presented to the CAMP working group.

Chautauqua CAMP Open House Boards Scribd


Data Collection

Based on Council feedback it was determined that new parking utilization data was necessary to supplement the findings from the 2012 CAMP report due to the fact that visitation rates may have changed since then. Data collected to date can be found below.

Potential Strategies

Community Engagement

The city manager appointed 10 members to the Chautauqua Access Management Plan (CAMP) working group. We greatly appreciate their willingness to volunteer their time and expertise to help the city identify actionable pilot projects for the summer of 2017. The members were:  

  • Curt Brown
  • Patrick Casey
  • John Kenyon
  • Joel Koenig
  • Mary Ann Mahoney
  • Yuji Roni Chen Maloney
  • Michael McCarthy
  • Mary Price
  • Sara Pritchard
  • Tara Winer

These individuals represent varying backgrounds, interests and/or expertise relevant to access and parking in and around Chautauqua, including members of city and nonprofit boards, cottage owners, neighborhood residents, CU, members of the conservation community, recreational enthusiasts and others. We received 28 applications from community members. As stated in the working group solicitation, no more than two individuals who represent the same neighborhood, geography, organization, or stakeholder group were selected to serve on this group. This parameter eliminated many interested and well qualified people.

There will be community meetings and other opportunities to give input outside of the working group process. Please sign up for the mailing list at the bottom of this web page to receive updates and notices of such opportunities.

CAMP Working Group Meeting Materials

Monday Sept. 19, 2016 - Working Group Meeting 1

Thursday Oct. 27, 2016 - Working Group Meeting 2

Wednesday Nov. 30, 2016 - Working Group Meeting 3

Thursday Jan. 19, 2017 - Working Group Meeting 4

Thursday Feb. 23, 2017 - Working Group Meeting 5

2017 SurveyGizmo Questionnaire

The city conducted an online questionnaire in early 2017 on the proposed CAMP pilot projects. The questionnaire was not a statistically valid survey tool but rather another avenue for community members to share thoughts and feedback with the city, particularly for people who were unable to attend open houses and other meetings in person. A summary report and analysis of write-in responses can be viewed online pdf