Boulder Park Master Plan

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Project Overview

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)

2014                

  • Residents, City and hospital meet to discuss smoking & park Improvements.

2015-16            

  • Residents pursue smoking concerns, as well as park improvement options.

2017                

  • 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.

2018                

  • 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.

2019

  • Boulder Park Master Plan process begins.  (Duration: 1 year)

Questions?    

For additional project questions or comments please email us at coperry@springsgov.com

Public Process

Public Meeting #1:  February 6, 2019

Next Step

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. 

Additional Steps

  • 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!

Contact Information

For additional project questions or comments please contact:

Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Dept.

 

For further questions about The Friends of Boulder Park, please contact:

Friends of Boulder Park (FOBP)