Parks Advisory Board approves Boulder Park master plan

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Advisory Board unanimously voted to approve the 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. at its regular meeting Thursday, March 12. The neighborhood park, which became a City-owned park in 1908, is located at the corner of Boulder Street and Hancock Avenue.

Starting in 2014, concerned residents began a discussion with the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department and the neighboring UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central about smoking issues in Boulder Park as well as needed park improvements. The discussion resulted in the creation of the Friends of Boulder Park and launched the Boulder Park master plan process.

“We are thankful for the efforts and patience of the Friends of Boulder Park for helping bring this plan to life,” said Karen Palus, parks director. “Our 135 neighborhood parks provide special gathering places for residents to come together and enjoy time spent outdoors, and we look forward to seeing the recommended improvements to Boulder Park come to life.”

The plan was drafted using public feedback gathered online and during several community events over the past year. It will guide future improvements and address the park’s maintenance needs.

The first projects scheduled are renovations to the tennis courts, including striping for both tennis and pickleball, and a rerouted walking path. Construction will begin this year and the project cost is estimated at $203,000. These improvements will be funded by voter-approved 2B TABOR retention dollars.

Also in 2020, the open playing field and parkway turf areas will be evaluated for potential improvements to water conservation and irrigation efficiency. The ballfield will also be re-worked for better playability. Funding is currently being sought for the addition of a fitness zone. For more information and a list of ongoing projects and progress, visit www.coloradosprings.gov/boulderpark.

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