Starting in 2014 concerned residents began a discussion with the City of Colorado Springs and Memorial Hospital (now UC Health) about the smoking issues in the park as well as needed park improvements. The four-year discussion resulted in the creation of The Friends of Boulder Park, and the launch of a Boulder Park Master PlanA plan for the development of a portion of the city that contains proposed land uses, a generalized transportation system, and the relationship of the area included in the plan to surrounding property. process to collect community input and evaluate park improvement needs.
Background & Milestones
(Summarized from the Friends of Boulder Park – FOBP)
- Residents, City and hospital meet to discuss smoking & park Improvements.
- Residents pursue smoking concerns, as well as park improvement options.
- Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department (PRCS) padlocks unsafe tennis courts, keeps basketball court open due to popularity.
- Request made to PRCS Dept. Director to reach out to City Council to eliminate smoking in parks.
- Residents speak at PRCS Advisory Board Meeting; Creation of a friends group is suggested by Susan Davies, Trails & Open Space Coalition (TOSC).
- Susan Davies (TOSC) writes article for Gazette on need for greater funding, citing Boulder Park as an example.
- Residents meet with Councilmember Jill Gaebler in Boulder Park
- Two new smoking locations proposed, but rejected by residents
- Neighborhood Meeting held; 30+ attendee’s; List of Priorities created.
- UCH locks fence gate between hospital and courts (east side).
- FOBP application submitted to City and approved.
- No Smoking signs go up; benches and cigarette receptacles on east side removed.
- Ongoing FOBP meetings with UCH and with City PRCS Dept.
- FOBP Board votes to pursue TOSC as fiscal sponsor.
- Ongoing meetings held with TOSC to share updates and discuss fiscal sponsorship. Neighborhood event held in Park.(Several held throughout the entire timeline).
- FOBP attend Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Advisory Board Meeting: Provides a Board thank you, updates on participation, and requests to implement a tree replacement program similar to Old North End program.
- First meeting held with PRCS Dept. staff on moving a Master Plan process forward.
- TOSC Board approves the request from FOBP to be fiscal sponsor with defined goals.
- City PRCS Staff provides a Draft 2019 Boulder Park Master Plan schedule.
- Boulder Park Master Plan process begins. (Duration: 1 year)
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Public Meeting #2 Draft Master Plan Discussion November 13th 2019
On Wednesday, November 13th at Columbia Elementary School we had approximately 28 residents attend our public discussion on the Boulder Park site analysis, needed and possible future improvements. This meeting started with congratulations for the recent TABOR Ballot park initiative success. This would not have been possible without the support of the Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC), Friends of Boulder Park, and our citizens. This will now allow the City in 2020 to remove the Boulder Park existing tennis and multi-use (basketball) courts and replace them with new post tension tennis/pickleball and multi-use basketball courts. A much needed, replacement project. In the meeting, we followed the presentation and went over the purpose of the project; discussed re-routing of the east end walking loop from the east side to the west side of the existing tennis courts for a better walking experience; discussed staff responses from various internal PRCS Department groups about turf, irrigation, trees, picnic areas, the ADA accessible improvement needs, and went over some costs. Please see the documents below for the presentation and list of public comment, questions and follow-up items. In January we will hold another public meeting to get final public input on the Boulder Park Master Plan and concepts before moving onto the PRCS Advisory Board for approval in February/March. We will post the new meeting time, as soon as it is scheduled.
Public Meeting #1: February 6, 2019
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Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Dept.
- Connie Perry, BLA, ASLA
- Landscape Architect II
- Phone: 719-385-6533
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Friends of Boulder Park (FOBP)