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Chautauqua Pedestrian Safety, Access and Lighting Improvements Project

Chautauqua Pedestrian Safety, Access and Lighting Improvements Project

Project Update

The Chautauqua project received an approved landmark alteration certificate to install pedestrian scale lighting along key paths within Chautauqua.  The lighting installation will be scheduled soon. 

The lighting installation will be the final phase of project construction and is anticipated to be completed by spring 2019.  That work is anticipated to take 1-2 months to complete.  

The pedestrian improvements were completed in spring, 2017.

View the final plan of project improvements pdf

Have a question about the project? 

Check the project FAQ -- you may find your answer. pdf

Project Background

The Chautauqua Pedestrian Safety, Access and Lighting Improvements Project addresses the south side of Baseline Road from the park boundary near 10th Street to west of Sixth Street. This section of Baseline Road serves an important role for the use of Chautauqua Park, Open Space and Mountain Parks trails and Chautauqua Association lodging, programming and venues. These three facets of Chautauqua, combined, attract more than half a million visitors per year.

This Chautauqua Project fulfills the direction of the 2014 voter-approved Community, Culture and Safety Tax to improve pedestrian safety and incorporate Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant curb ramps along Baseline Road in the Chautauqua area. The second component to the project will address the safety need for low-level lighting in the park along the walkway from the King’s Gate entrance to the parking lot east of the tennis courts.

The project is an inter-departmental City of Boulder project that honors the historic and natural character of the area while providing important safety improvements.

The lack of sidewalk on the south side of Baseline Road from west of Sixth Street east to King’s Gate created a safety hazard by causing pedestrians to travel in the street increasing pedestrian-vehicle and pedestrian-bicycle conflict. The lack of sidewalks also impeded the mobility and access of area residents. Consequently, the project area was been identified in the City’s Missing Sidewalk Links program.

The Transportation Master Plan (TMP) prioritizes providing travel options by constructing multimodal facilities. The project supports this TMP goal through construction of sidewalks and transit stop amenities. Additionally, this project provides OSMP the opportunity to implement the Council-approved West Trail Study Area Plan, which includes recommendations to reduce the number of damaging social trails on the north side of the Chautauqua Meadow. This project also aligns with the Colorado Chautauqua Association 2004 Cultural Landscape Assessment and Plan’s recommendations to restore historic views “in and from Chautauqua Park.”

Project Improvements

The Chautauqua Project provided the following improvements:

  • Construction of 5-foot wide sidewalks on the south side of Baseline Road from the park boundary near 10th Street to the end of on-street parking west of Sixth Street
  • Improved ADA-compliant pedestrian crossings along Baseline Road
  • Transit stop improvements, including an ADA-compliant ramp at King’s Gate
  • New retaining wall between Kinnikinic Road and Queen's Gate, constructed and detailed to be compatible with existing historic retaining wall in the area
  • Native shrubs and plantings to replace non-native species and improve landscape conditions on the north edge of the Chautauqua meadow
    • Using a combination of native vegetation, slope and retaining wall the project will encourage entry at the designated/retained trails as identified in the OSMP West Trail Study Area Plan
  • Tree and landscape restoration within Chautauqua Park per a developed landscape plan
  • Improved pedestrian connections from Baseline Road to Open Space and Mountain Parks designated access trails and to existing Parks and Recreation paths

The Chautauqua Project received a Landmarks Alteration Certificate to make the following improvements with in the National Historic District in Chautauqua Park:

  • Construction of a soft surface social trail from the Queen’s Gate into Chautauqua Park
  • Construction of a five-foot wide, exposed-aggregate concrete detached sidewalk on the east side of Kinnikinic Road within the historic district boundary
  • Construction of swales along Kinnikinic Road from Baseline Road to Bluebell Road on the west and Sumac Drive on the East
  • Pedestrian lighting along key access points for safety and accessibility from Baseline Road through major park access walks to visitor facilities (pending Landmarks Board approval)


Planning and design was completed in summer 2016. 

Construction began in November 2016 and is anticipated to be completed by spring 2017.

Lighting will be installed in 2018.

Funding and Budget

This project will cost around $1.5 million and is funded by the 2014 voter-approved Community, Culture and Safety Tax pdf

The Community, Culture and Safety tax will provide $27 million to improve community spaces, cultural projects and organizations, and safety.

Public Involvement

The project team presented the early designs to appropriate boards,committees and to the public and incorporated feedback received into the final designs, where feasible.

Previous Presentations and Open Houses

Open Space Board of Trustees

September 9, 2015

Transportation Advisory Board

September 14, 2015

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

September 28, 2015

Landmarks Board

October 7, 2015

Open House

October 15, 2015

Landmarks Board

February 3, 2016

Landmarks Board
April 6, 2016

Transportation Advisory Board
May 9, 2016

Open Space Board of Trustees 
May 9, 2016

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
May 23, 2016

June 28 Public Open House pdf
June 28, 2016

See the final plan of project improvements presented at the open house pdf

Information on the Chautauqua Access Management Plan (CAMP) was also presented at the June open house.

Find out more information about CAMP

For more information about the Chautauqua Access Management Plan, contact:  [email protected]

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For more information about the Chautauqua Pedestrian Safety, Access and Lighting Improvements Project, contact:

Noreen Walsh● Transportation Division ● 303-441-4301● [email protected]