- Northwest corner of the Boulder Reservoir, east of 51st Street. The Boulder Aeromodeling facility will remain open with modified flight restrictions;
- Axelson (northwest of the reservoir, west of 51st Street; portions of this property will be closed);
- Windsurfer’s Point (southwest reservoir wetland area);
- Coot Lake wetland immediately west of Coot Lake. The trail surrounding the wetland is open with voluntary leash recommendations in effect.
- Damyanovich / Yunker (north of Marshall Drive between Cherryvale Road and U.S. Highway 36);
- Cosslett / Knaus (south of Lookout Road and east of 75th Street);
- Jafay / Lynch (north of Lookout Road and east of 75th Street);
- Kelsall (north of High-Plains Trail, trail remains open);
- Mesa Sand and Gravel (east of 66th Street, south of Marshall Drive);
- Superior Associates (north of High-Plains Trail, which will remain open).
Construction on Anemone Trail to start Monday, July 7
Starting on Monday, July 7, the Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department will begin a trail project that will extend the Anemone Trail west of Boulder and also restore native vegetation in the trail area.
The completed trail project will provide about 3.2 miles of designated trail access for pedestrians and equestrians* along the city’s mountain backdrop. It will also revegetate more than nine miles of unsustainable and undesignated trails that crisscross the area surrounding the Anemone Trail.
To protect visitors and help restore native grasses, flowers and other vegetation in the area, the entire Anemone Hill area will be closed beginning Monday. This planned closure was included in the West TSA management plan, which the Boulder City Council approved in 2011. When OSMP completes the Anemone Trail project, which is expected to occur in April 2015, visitors will be required to remain on the newly designated trail.
The Open Space Board of Trustees and community members identified the Anemone Trail project, along with the closure and revegetation of user-created trails, as being a beneficial project during the development of the West Trail Study Area (TSA) management plan. That plan guides recreational uses and related wildlife and ecosystems protections for the City of Boulder’s trail system along the peaks west of Boulder.
* For equestrians, of course, there’s no place to park your trailer within 10 miles of this area, so unless you happen to live right next door to the Anemone area, or unless you want to ride 20 miles each way plus the six miles of new trail, you will be SOL — but then, that’s exactly Council’s wish for you.
Please Come to the “No to the Rights of Nature” Meeting Weds 5/21
All trail advocates are urged to attend tonight’s Planning Commission meeting on the Rights of Nature:
Wednesday, May 21 7pm
Boulder County Courthouse, 3rd Floor
A small group of so-called “rights of nature” extremists are trying to take over Boulder County by inserting a phrase or two in the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan (BCCP) ascribing “rights” to ecosystems and everything in them. BATCO has studied this matter in depth and the Board has come out firmly AGAINST this concept as we believe it would cripple all present and future use of trails and Open Space, among other problems.
Please come to the meeting and join us in the fight against this concept. The meeting will start at 7pm and will run until everyone has had their say (3 minutes each; if anyone would be willing to pool their time with us that would be terrific, but you have to stay even if you have given up your time). If you absolutely can’t come to the meeting, please write the Planning Commission c/o Pete Fogg at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask that your message be delivered to the Planning Commission before the meeting.
You can refer to our letter, below, and/or the Guest Commentary that ran in today’s Camera, for more information. http://www.dailycamera.com/opinion
Thanks. Hope to see you there.
Chapman Drive reopens
Open Space and Mountain Parks reopens the entire length of Chapman Drive
The City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department has reopened all of Chapman Drive west of Boulder to hikers, bikers and equestrians. The road was reopened today after crews completed temporary flood restoration work on the roadway and its nearby trailhead along Boulder Canyon.
While OSMP reopened the entire length of Chapman Drive to recreationists today, the road remains closed to vehicle traffic as the department works to reconstruct the roadway to its pre-flood condition. Bicyclists and equestrians accessing the road may find it difficult to traverse.
With today’s opening of Chapman Drive, OSMP has now reopened about 99 percent of its flood-damaged system. Visit www.osmp.org for the latest information about OSMP trails and climbing areas.
OSMP Grassland and Wetland Raptor Closures
The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) and Parks and Recreation departments will implement area closures beginning Saturday, March 15, to protect nesting osprey, burrowing owls, American bittern and northern harrier. No designated trails will be closed as part of this protective measure.
The following properties near the Boulder Reservoir, located at 5565 N. 51st St, will be closed from March 15 through Sept. 10, for the protection of osprey, American bittern and northern harrier:
The following properties will be closed from March 15 through Oct. 31, for the protection of burrowing owls:
Trespass violations can result in a summons with penalties up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Closures may be lifted early if monitoring indicates it is appropriate. Areas are monitored by city staff and wildlife volunteers throughout the season. OSMP rangers patrol closed areas on a regular basis.
More detailed information and maps can be found on the Open Space and Mountain Parks’ website: www.osmp.org or call 303-441-3440. For additional information on Parks and Recreation areas, please visit www.boulderparks-rec.org or call 303-413-7200.
OSMP Mt Sanitas Raptor Closures
The City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department today closed an area near Mount Sanitas to protect prairie falcons as they attempt to nest. OSMP will reopen the area if monitoring indicates that nesting has not occurred. No designated trails will be closed as part of this protective measure.
Trespass violations can result in a summons with penalties up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
For detailed maps on the area OSMP closed today, go to osmp.org.