Parks & Recreation News
Boulder Reservoir opens for the summer season May 25
The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department will open the Boulder Reservoir front gate, beach and boathouse for the summer season on Saturday, May 25, and will begin charging entry fees. Boulder Reservoir is located at 5565 N. 51st St. [More]
Scott Carpenter Pool opens for the summer season May 28
The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department will open Scott Carpenter Pool for the summer season on Tuesday, May 28. Scott Carpenter Pool, located at 1505 30th St., features a six-lane, 50-meter lap pool; leisure pool with a large slide accessible during open swim hours; and two one-meter spring boards accessible during open swim hours. Scott Carpenter Pool's season runs through Sunday, Sept. 15.
In order to increase parking availability for park and pool patrons, the Scott Carpenter Park parking lot will have a 3-hour maximum parking limit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will be patrolled by city staff for violations. Signs were installed on Friday, May 17, and enforcement of the time limit begins on Tuesday, May 28. [Schedules + more info]
CU Short Track Series comes to Valmont Bike Park this summer
After more than 10 years at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) Research Park, the CU Cycling Club is partnering with the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation to host their annual CU Short Track Series at the Valmont Bike Park.
The Short Track Series will begin on Wednesday, May 22, and run every Wednesday afternoon through Aug.14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Valmont Bike Park, located at Valmont and Airport roads. [More]
Spruce Pool opens for the summer season May 13
The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department will open Spruce Pool for the summer season on Monday, May 13. Spruce Pool, located at 2102 Spruce St., features an eight-lane, 25-yard lap pool; leisure pool with accessible ramp; and accessible play features including jets, fountains and a duck slide. Spruce Pool starts the season with a more limited schedule, and regular summer hours will begin Tuesday, May 28. Spruce Pool’s season runs through Monday, Sept. 2, Labor Day. [Spruce Pool schedules] [More]
Boulder Parks and Recreation patrons warned of online registration alert – fraudulent website
The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department was notified by the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) that there is a possible fraudulent website offering registration for some Boulder Parks and Recreation activities and classes. Findsportsnow.com, is believed to be posting city programs and offering registration through their site, however, the city has no business relationship or agreements with this entity. [More]
FREE day at the Colorado Railroad Museum for City of Boulder residents
The first of three free days at the Colorado Railroad Museum (CRRM) for Boulder residents was held Friday, April 19. The museum is located at 17155 West 44th Ave. in Golden, CO, and the free train day runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A free train ride is included, weather permitting. [More]
Boulder named a "Tree City USA" for 29th consecutive year; offers Arbor Day activities
Boulder has been named "Tree City USA" for the 29th consecutive year by the National Arbor Day Foundation, in honor of the city's commitment to community forestry. The city's Parks and Recreation Department Urban Forestry Division celebrates the Arbor Day season with a children's art exhibit and tree plantings, planned for April 15 through May 18. [More]
Online registration now available for Boulder's 2013 Community Cleanup Day
Online registration is now available for Boulder's eleventh annual Community Cleanup Day, which will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 18. The event, sponsored by the City of Boulder, Boulder City Improvement Association II (BCIA 2) and the Daily Camera, provides volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups to help clean up a variety of parks, greenways, creeks and paths throughout the city. [More]
Municipal lawn area turf refurbishment planned
The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department is doing its annual spring turf refurbishment in the Civic Park area in downtown Boulder. Tasks include turf aeration, over-seeding, top-dressing and sodding in heavily worn areas throughout the Civic Park. [More]
Temporary lane closures for tree removals along Arapahoe Avenue next week
Update: Temporary lane closures for tree removals along Arapahoe Avenue rescheduled for Monday, April 15
With a winter storm warning in effect for Boulder, the tree removal work that was planned for Tuesday, April 9, and Friday, April 12, has been rescheduled to April 15 due to the inclement weather forecast.
here will be temporary lane closures along Arapahoe Avenue on Tuesday, April 9, and Friday, April 12, to allow contractors working for the City of Boulder Urban Forestry Division to remove three high-risk trees in preparation for the upcoming Arapahoe Avenue Reconstruction project. The two-lane section of Arapahoe Avenue, between Folsom Street and 17th streets, is in poor condition and in need of a reconstruction. [More]
East Boulder Community Center annual maintenance shutdown March 23 to March 31; early closures March 22
The East Boulder Community Center will be closed for its annual maintenance shutdown Saturday, March 23 through Sunday, March 31. The center will re-open at 5:30 a.m. on Monday, April 1. Parts of the center will be closing earlier than normal on Friday, March 22, in order to get a head start on scheduled projects during the closure. [More]
Birds of Special Concern/Raptor Monitor Program volunteers needed
The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department’s Urban Resources division is seeking volunteers for its Birds of Special Concern/Raptor Monitor Program at the Boulder Reservoir, 5565 N. 51st St. Monitors should be able to work independently and have their own binoculars. Skilled birders with the ability to identify osprey, bittern, harrier and burrowing owl are preferred, but some identification training will be provided for beginners. [More]
Tree removals require lane closures Feb. 25 through March 10
The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department's Urban Forestry Division will require temporary lane closures around Boulder in the next few weeks to remove a number of large trees. Forestry staff has determined that these trees pose a public safety hazard due to internal decay, structural weakness and/or large dead branches overhanging streets, sidewalks and structures. This is routine work. Dates are tentative and weather-dependent. [More]
New Boulder Parks and Recreation Facebook page launched today
The Parks and Recreation Department launched a new Facebook page today, Dec. 4, to connect with residents interested in park news, recreation discounts, volunteer opportunities and more. The new department Facebook page may be found at www.boulderparks-rec.org. For more information, call Jennifer Bray, Parks and Recreation, at 303-441-4160.
Unusually dry period causes Boulder Parks and Recreation staff to begin irrigating trees in parks and along streets
Due to the very dry and unseasonably warm weather lately, Boulder Parks and Recreation staff has turned on some irrigation systems in order to water the trees in parks and along streets. Parks staff is especially concerned about making sure young trees have sufficient water going into the winter months.
“Winter watering is important every year, especially for evergreen trees, but in dry years like this one, it's crucial to maintain tree health,” said City of Boulder Forester Kathleen Alexander. “Trees are an incredibly valuable asset to our community, providing shade and helping absorb carbon dioxide and putting oxygen into our air.”
“Parks staff had been watering more than 600 young trees with a truck and water tank,” said Urban Parks Manager Lisa Martin. “Turning on the sprinkler systems to water these and the other thousands of park trees is much more efficient, saving a lot of staff time and miles traveled.”
This also allows staff to focus on maintaining public street trees using direct tank watering.
For those interested in watering trees on their own property: Trees should be watered at a rate of 10 to 15 gallons per diameter inch, so if it is a 10- inch diameter tree, it needs 100 to 150 gallons of water at a minimum of once per month during the winter months. Watering more frequently is preferred in dry conditions.
“Given that we had a warm, dry year and could be looking at another one in 2013, we want to make sure people continue to use water wisely,” said city Water Conservation Program Manager Russ Sands. “Parks and Recreation and Water Conservation partner each year to improve irrigation efficiency in parks, which, in part, supports tree watering. Water budgets were built to accommodate a reasonable amount of winter water use for purposes like this. Maintaining the health of our urban trees is important, especially in dry years, and we encourage water-wise methods.”
For more information about caring for trees in our community, please visit the city’s Forestry webpage.
Parks and Recreation Department employee Teri Olander receives award
Teri Olander, recreation administrator with the city of Boulder's Parks and Recreation Department, recently received the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) Fellow Award. The Fellow Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a CPRA member, and recognizes excellence in leadership, strategic thinking and planning, partner/coalition building and innovation. [More]
Sept. 18, 2012 - Boulder Parks and Recreation wants to hear from you!
The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department has launched an update to the department's master plan, which guides how services are provided to the community for the next five years. Your input is a critical component to delivering community-oriented park and recreation opportunities for Boulder. [More]
Sept. 13, 2012 - City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department hosts open house on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan Sept. 19
The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to review the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan developed by the department for parks, recreation facilities, policies and procedures. The community is encouraged to provide feedback at an open house held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the East Boulder Community Center, 5660 Sioux Drive. [More]
June 29, 2012 - Parks and Recreation Department receives 2012 National Parks and Recreation Association Award for Excellence in Inclusion
The Boulder Parks and Recreation Department was recently selected to receive the National 2012 Excellence in Inclusion Award-Agency Award by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). NRPA will present the award publicly at a special reception at the association's 2012 Congress & Exposition in Anaheim, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
The Excellence in Inclusion Award recognizes organizations and programs that have rendered significant service to the inclusion process. The award highlights the efforts in providing inclusive opportunities to children, youth and adults with disabilities. The Boulder Parks and Recreation Department was chosen primarily because of the efforts of its Exciting Programs Adventures and New Dimensions (EXPAND) program, which helps people who have disabilities improve and gain new recreation and leisure skills that will enhance participants' overall well-being and their quality of life. [More]
June 5, 2012 - North Boulder Recreation Center extends Friday hours
The North Boulder Recreation Center (NBRC) will extend its Friday hours beginning Friday, June 8, to better accommodate patrons. The center will be open one hour later every Friday, until 7:30 p.m. instead of 6:30 p.m. (the pools, hot tub and sauna will be open until 7 p.m.). [More]
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 14:17