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 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
  • NeighborhoodA geographic sub-area within the city that contains but is not limited to residential land uses. The extent of a neighborhood is variable and may be defined by tradition, organizational boundaries, period of building and development, or subdivision patterns. Neighborhood boundaries may include such features as major streets or other physical elements. 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 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)