Oct. 28, 2011 - City and Boulder Creek Events sign Boulder Creek Festival® contract
Patrick von Keyserling, Media Relations, 303-441-4959
Meg Denbow, Director of Communications, Boulder Creek Events, 720-841-9096
City and Boulder Creek Events sign Boulder Creek Festival® contract
The City of Boulder and Boulder Creek Events, a 501 (C)(4) nonprofit organizations specializing in event planning and production, have signed a contract for the management and production of The Boulder Creek Festival® (Festival®) for 2012 through 2014. Contract highlights include enhancing zero waste measures, increasing the use of local food vendors and locally grown food products, increasing protection for the use of city parkland, reducing the Festival®'s carbon foot print, increasing cost recovery for the City of Boulder, and creating a reinvestment fund that will be used to enhance the festival offerings each year.
The community’s sustainability values will be reflected in the actions and themes in all areas of the Festival® and it will focus on highlighting sustainable methods and actions that demonstrate how individual choices and actions help move the community to a sustainable future.
"This new contract provides goals that the city desired for the Festival®, including improved overall sustainability, enhancement of the event to reflect the important use of local food vendors and a commitment to continually improve the offerings to the public,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam.
Chris Dailey, Executive Director of Boulder Creek Events said, "We appreciate all of the hard work that both Boulder Creek Events and the City of Boulder put in to resolving the issues on the table. We are looking forward to continuing what we have been doing since 1998 – managing and producing Boulder County’s favorite community event.”
The Boulder Creek Festival® is the premier annual community event that celebrates the unique aspects of Boulder, including its people, values, and healthy lifestyles. The Festival®, held on the grounds of the Municipal Campus and Central Park in downtown Boulder for the past several decades, is attended by thousands of visitors over a three-day period on Memorial Day weekend. The Festival® is intended to promote a sense of community that is welcoming and friendly and one that draws the greater community together to enjoy a variety of musical and dance performances, children’s activities, cultural and art exhibits, and a variety of refreshments.
Previously this year, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) adopted guiding principles related to the operation and management of Parks and Recreation Department-sponsored special events. One of the adopted guiding principles states: “Event production vendors should, if any, be determined through a competitive process.” The PRAB approved a motion to support the department’s issuance of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the operation and management activities involved in presenting the Boulder Creek Festival® during the period of 2012 through 2014. The issuance of an open, competitive RFP also supported the city’s purchasing requirements The city evaluated a few proposals before entering into contract negotiations with Boulder Creek Events.
The 2012 Boulder Creek Festival will be held over Memorial Weekend: Saturday, May 26; Sunday, May 27; and Monday, May 28.
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