January 2020

Final public open house for Boulder Park Master Plan

 

The Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services department will hold a Boulder Park Draft Master Plan Public Meeting on January 30, 2020 from 5:30 to 7 pm at the North Middle School Cafeteria (612 E Yampa Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903).

This meeting will bring forward the Draft Master Plan based on the outreach results over the past year. The Boulder Park Master Plan identifies desired park improvements, and will inform future public and private funding efforts.

We hope you can attend!

From the officers and board members of Friends of Boulder Park

 

December 2019

We love Boulder Park!

 

Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm for our neighborhood park this past year.  With your support, the Friends of Boulder Park group has made great progress in revitalizing this wonderful asset that is the heart of our neighborhood!

 

  • Ballot issue 2B passed!  Friends of Boulder Park, along with Trails and Open Space Coalition and other groups, advocated for this ballot issue to support our park.

  • Revenue retained due to 2B will fund the reconstruction of Boulder Park’s courts. In 2020 new courts in the park will offer tennis, pickle ball, basketball, and rollerblading. No more padlocks in Boulder Park!

  • Fun and community fellowship was celebrated in the park with an Easter Egg Hunt, 4th of July Bike Parade, and Neighborhood Family Baseball games.  We hope you will join us for more fun events like these next year!

  • Two community meetings were hosted by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department to gather community input on a master plan to revitalize Boulder Park. The final community meeting will be held next year.  This is your opportunity to let your voice be heard!

  • Friends of Boulder Park was awarded “Friends Group of the Year” by the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
     

Much more is to come in 2020!  Please remember Friends of Boulder Park in your end of year giving - simply follow the link below to give through the Trails and Open Space Coalition secure donation site.  Thank you so much! https://www.trailsandopenspaces.org/donate/

​Scroll down slightly to the box that says "Please select how you would like to donate."

  • Click on the arrow and select "Friends of Boulder Park donation"

  • Follow the steps to enter your amount, name, and payment information.

 If you prefer to donate by check, please contact friends.of.boulder.park@gmail.com for more information.

Thank you for supporting Friends of Boulder Park!

 

Happy holidays,

from the Officers and Board Members of Friends of Boulder Park

 

November 2019

The City Parks and Recreation Department has posted updates from our November 13 open house on their Boulder Park website. You can review those here: https://coloradosprings.gov/boulderpark (click on the Public Process tab). We had been told prior to the Tabor fund retention ballot initiative that only the tennis courts would be replaced if it passed. We were thrilled to learn at the meeting that the bids are coming in low enough that the basketball court will be replaced, too. We did not receive an actual master plan draft; instead please see the PowerPoint presentation on the website for the information we received at the meeting. For those who attended and made comments, those are in the "Meeting Notes" Reading it over, I felt that a few of these might be unclear. If you made the comment and think it needs to be clarified, you can click on the "Contact Information" tab on their website to email Connie. Thank you to those who attended, we hope to see you and many more at the final open house, hopefully in January 2020. - Cathe Bailie Co-Chair, Friends of Boulder Park

October 2019

Public Meeting #2 Draft Master Plan Discussion

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 *DATE CHANGE DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER TO WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH, 2019

LOCATION:  Columbia Elementary School, 835 E St. Vrain Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 (Gymnasium)

TIME:  6 – 7:30 pm

 

Connie Perry, the landscape architect from the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department, will present the draft of the master plan.

Please come and give your feedback for improvements to Boulder Park.

 

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You have probably received your ballot for the November elections. If Issue 2B passes, Boulder Park will receive about $200k000 for park improvements. The Friends of Boulder Park Board and Officers urge you to vote yes!  More information about the 2B ballot issue is in the attached PDF document prepared by the Trails and Open Space Coalition.

September 2019

Just an update to let everyone know that the second public open house for the Boulder Park Master Plan has been delayed. We are continuing to communicate with the Parks and Recreation department to set a firm date, and will be back in touch when we know more. Thanks for your patience, and for remaining committed to improving Boulder Park

August 2019

The Parks and Recreation department’s second public open house for the new Boulder Park Master Plan will not take place in August as we had hoped. We’ll let you know as soon as the date is finalized… we have asked for it to take place on September 18 or 25, and are waiting to hear back.

Friends of Boulder Park Statement of Support for TABOR Excess Revenue Initiative

The Colorado Springs City Council has voted to refer an initiative to the November 2019 ballot that would allow the City of Colorado Springs to retain excess TABOR funds from the 2018 fiscal year of up to 7 million dollars. These funds would be used exclusively to improve trails and parks throughout the community.

Approximately $200,000 of this would be committed to replace sport courts in Boulder Park.

If the initiative does not pass, each household in Colorado Springs would receive a one-time credit of an estimated $32 on their utility bill.

The Friends of Boulder Park advisory board supports the passage of the TABOR Excess Revenue initiative, and encourages all Colorado Springs voters to do the same.

 

Click on the PDF to read The Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department’s full proposal for the excess TABOR fund retention.