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 Plan 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 #1: February 6, 2019
- Agenda & Background
- Public Responses
Site data collection and survey work:
(March – July)
- Staff onsite analysis;
- Site Observation: Staff will create and set up a volunteer training to do onsite observation surveying.
Our survey process will be taken from and based upon a SOPARC methodology (System for Observation Play and Recreation for Communities)
We will post for and work with FOBP on volunteer sign-ups and scheduling.
- Staff: Data Collection, site analysis and schematic plan
- Public Open House Meeting #2: Site Analysis results, initial Master Plan DRAFT for public input (Late August)
- Public Open House Meeting #3: Master Plan for final public input
- Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Advisory Board (Presentation and Action Item – 2 months)
Thank you for following the Boulder Park Master Plan project and staying involved!
For additional project questions or comments please contact:
Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Dept.
- Connie Perry, BLA, ASLA
- Landscape Architect II
- Phone: 719-385-6533
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further questions about The Friends of Boulder Park, please contact:
Friends of Boulder Park (FOBP)