Calling Outdoor Recreationists on Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks

This is a call to action to those who care about access to public land!

We urge you to attend the OSMP Master Plan Recreation Community Workshop Monday Nov 5, 2018 at the Jewish Community Center, 6007 Oreg Ave in Boulder from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

In-person comments and conversation with staff have a significant positive impact on what’s at stake.

Some recreation concerns include:

  • Night time access to trailheads, trails and open space
  • Dog access on trails and open space
  • Off trail access or cross country travel
  • Multi-use trail access
  • Prioritizing maintaining current OS rather than purchasing expensive properties
  • Planning methodologies that are not a fair process

Open Boulder will be providing childcare for outdoor recreation advocates attending the event.*Please RSVP at info@openboulder.org with your name, number of children and their ages. Child ages limited from 3-10 yo and a total number of kids at 12. OB will also provide pizza and a drink for parents and kids.

Please share this information with your members and anyone else you feel would like to know.

Open Boulder is also planning a get-together later in November in order to hear more of how you would like your public lands to be managed.  Details will be forthcoming.

 

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Calling All Trail Volunteers!

The new “East Side Trail” at Heil Valley Ranch is almost finished….

Help BATCO get it done!

                             
What:Please join BATCO and Boulder County Parks & Open Space in a fun morning of completing the NEW PEDESTRIAN / EQUESTRIAN TRAIL at Heil Valley Ranch.  This new trail will connect the new  lower parking / trailhead at Heil with two other new trails, the upper trailhead, and the existing trail system.The work will be moderately strenuous and will include the use of hand tools such as McLeods, pick mattocks, rakes, and shovels.  (However, you can do as much hard work or as little as you like!)

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Meeting time: 9:00am        Project End time: 12:30 pm

Where:  Location will be provided when you sign up

RSVP: Chris Morrison
chris-morrison@comcast.net
303-499-2033

Weather:
Weather in Colorado is unpredictable at any time of year.  It is important that you bring warm and waterproof clothing that you can work in, as we will try to complete the work even in slightly inclement weather (cold temps, light rain/snow).

What You Should Bring:
Water bottle and water
Snacks
Sturdy shoes/boots – no sandals please
Pants – recommended
Sunscreen
Work gloves (if you have a special pair) otherwise we will provide them
Layers of clothes
Rain gear
Backpack – for carrying clothing, food, etc.
Binoculars or camera (optional)

We will provide:
Snacks
Work gloves
Extra Water
First aid kit
All necessary tools
Corny jokes
Lunch!
Beer!

Thanks in advance for volunteering with BATCO and Boulder County Parks & Open Space!

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BATCO “Harvest Party” and Meeting Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

Monday 7-9pm

Alfalfa’s Boulder, Community Room

Refreshments will be served 🙂

It’s been an exciting summer for trail fans!

Join us for an informal discussion of what we’ve accomplished and what we plan to do in 2018.

Topics include:

  • Magnolia Trails
  • Lagerman Trails
  • Rabbit Mtn Elk Management
  • Trailbuilding at Heil 2
  • New Trails at Heil 2
  • What would you like to talk about? Let us know ahead of time (info@bouldertrails.org) or just come to the meeting and join the conversation.
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Greetings, Trail Users!   

                                                               
What:
It’s National Public Lands Day!  

This is YOUR INVITATION to participate with BCHA, BATCO and Boulder County Parks & Open Space in a fun morning of building a NEW PEDESTRIAN/EQUESTRIAN TRAIL at Heil Valley Ranch.  This new trail will connect the new  parking / trailhead at Heil and two other new trails with the existing trail system. Show your appreciation for public lands by joining up with the project!

Date:
Saturday, September 30th from 9:00am-12:00pm.

Overview:
We will be fine-tuning the new pedestrian/equestrian connector at Heil Valley Ranch. The work will be moderately strenuous and will include the use of hand tools such as McLeods, pick mattocks, and your brawn.

We will be about a 15 minute walk away from the parking lot and your vehicles, so it is a good idea to bring a backpack to carry water, snacks, clothes, etc.

Schedule:
Meeting time: 9:00am        Project End time: 12:00 pm

Location:  
“The Corrals” at Heil Valley Ranch.
2-1952 Geer Canyon Dr, Boulder, CO 80302.
Click for Map

Directions to the “Corrals” at Heil Valley Ranch:

  • From Boulder:  Travel north on Foothills Highway 36.  Turn left on Lefthand Canyon Drive.  Turn right on Geer Canyon Drive, and drive 0.3 miles.  Meeting location and parking will be on the left just before the road turns from paved to dirt.
  • From Longmont:  Travel west on Nelson Road, then turn left on Foothills Highway 36.  Turn right on Lefthand Canyon Drive.   Turn right on Geer Canyon Drive and drive 0.3 miles.  Meeting location and parking will be on the left just before the road turns from paved to dirt.

Weather:
Weather in Colorado is unpredictable no matter the time of year.  It is important that you bring warm and waterproof clothing that you can work in, as we will try to complete the work in slightly inclement weather (cold temps, light rain/snow).  I would suggest checking the forecast before the project at NOAA and search Longmont, CO.  I will let you know as soon as possible if we need to cancel/postpone due to more severe weather predictions.

What You Should Bring:
Water bottle and water
Snacks
Sturdy shoes/boots – no sandals please (yes, people have shown up in sandals)
Pants – recommended
Sunscreen
Work gloves (if you have a special pair) otherwise we will provide
Layers of clothes
Rain gear
Backpack – for carrying clothing, food, ect.
Binoculars or camera (optional)

We will provide:
Snacks
Work gloves
Extra Water
First aid kit
All necessary tools
Corny jokes

Your contribution toward this project will be greatly appreciated.   We look forward to seeing you.  Please feel free to contact Ari if you have any additional questions.  Thanks again for volunteering with BATCO, BCHA and Boulder County Parks & Open Space!

Sincerely,
Suzanne Webel, for BATCO / BCHA
Ari Addes, for BCPOS

RSVP:
Ari Addes
| Recreation & Facilities Volunteer Coordinator
Boulder County Parks and Open Space
5201 St. Vrain Rd. Longmont CO 80503
Office: 303-678-6344 | Cell: 720-597-0898
aaddes@bouldercounty.org
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Boulder OSMP Trail Challenge — Can You Hike ‘Em All?

6:30 PM  –  8:00 PM

  • Free
  • Full – 0 spots
  • Group size: 100
  • Instructor: OSMP’s Steve Mertz

Coyote Bob’s Trail Challenge-Hike all the Trails on OSMP!

The City of Boulder is surrounded by 72 square miles of protected land with over 150 miles of trails. Could you hike them all in a year? Too many miles? Not enough? Maybe you don’t have 5 straight months off and thousands of dollars to hike the Pacific Crest trail? Join Open Space and Mountain Parks staff for a colorful presentation to discover what challenge is best for you in 2017. – Find out about OSMP’s forgotten trails. – Learn the benefits of workouts in nature. – Get some hiking tips to make the most of each season. – Learn about some of our exciting, local hazards and how to cope with muddy and icy trails. If you want to spice up your challenge with some climbing, biking or some nature education, we can help with that as well.

 

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Heil Valley Ranch Trail Work Day 

Saturday October 22, 2016
 

Have you ever wanted to “give back” to our public land management agencies for the enjoyment you receive from our beautiful trails?  Would you like to meet other like-minded trail users? Well, here’s your opportunity!

BCHA and BATCO will be joining forces on Saturday Oct 22 to construct and do finish work on a new multi-use trail at Heil Valley Ranch.  Temporarily known as the “Heil 2 Trail,” it will connect the new trailhead at the old ranch complex to the existing trail system farther up the Geer Canyon valley.
 
BATCO will provide lunch at the end of the work project (sandwiches and soft drinks or a beer!) afterwards.  Please RSVP to Chris Morrison at chris-morrison@comcast.net so we can know how much food to order.
 
We will start work near the existing Heil trailhead and will be relatively close to our vehicles and restrooms throughout the project. 
 
Schedule:  Meeting time:  8:30 am / Ending time: 1:00 pm
 
Location:  “The Party Barn” (across from the Heil Valley Ranch Trailhead parking lot) 1955-3299 Geer Canyon Drive, Boulder, CO 80302.  
Click for Map.  
 
Directions from Foothills Highway US 36 (about halfway between Boulder and Lyons).  Turn west on Lefthand Canyon Drive at the Greenbriar Inn.  Turn north (right) on Geer Canyon Drive, and travel straight for 1.5 miles.  The Heil Valley Ranch Open Space parking lot will be on your right; instead, turn left here.
 
Weather:  The weather in Colorado is unpredictable no matter the time of year.  It is important that you bring warm and waterproof clothing that you can work in, as we will try to complete the work even in slightly inclement weather (cold temps, light rain/snow!).  We will let you know as soon as possible if we need to cancel/postpone due to more severe weather predictions.
 
What You Should Bring
Drinking water (2-3 liters)
Snacks
Sunscreen
Work gloves (if you have a special preference) otherwise we will provide them
Sturdy shoes/boots to work and hike to the worksite
Layers of clothes
Rain gear
Hat
Binoculars or camera (optional)
 
Boulder County will provide:
Snacks
Work gloves
Extra Water
First aid kit
All necessary tools
 
Volunteers are a very important part of our shared public lands.  We guarantee that once you’ve worked on a trail you will always treasure it and take a stewardship interest in its success. 
 
We look forward to seeing you on October 22! Please feel free to contact either of us if you have any additional questions.  
 
Suzanne Webel
BCHA and BATCO
303-485-2162
 
Chris Morrison
BATCO
303-499-2033

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BATCO Meeting Oct 24

aspen-above-central-city-claire-2016Monday, October 24, 2016

Alfalfa’s Boulder, Community Room

7-9pm

It’s been an exciting summer for trail fans!

Join us for an informal discussion of what we’ve accomplished and what we plan to do this fall.

Topics include:

  • Magnolia Trails Approval
  • Lagerman Trail Progress
  • New BCPOS Director Appointed
  • Debriefing on the North TSA
  • BATCO at Trail Fest Sept 10
  • Trailbuilding at Heil 2 Oct 22

What would you like to talk about? Let us know ahead of time (info@bouldertrails.org) or just come to the meeting and join the conversation.

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Monday, April 25, 2016
Boulder Alfalfa’s Conference Room* 
Broadway & Arapahoe  
7 to 9pm
Everyone welcome
Our guest this month will be Brian Anacker, the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks’ new Science Officer.

Brian’s background includes a PhD in Ecology, ten years of experience conducting applied and fundamental research in academic and applied settings, and peer-reviewed papers across a diversity of topics. His areas of expertise range from community ecology to climate change and statistical modeling.  He also holds an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at CU Boulder.

Please join us for an informal, open conversation about science and OSMP!

If time permits we may also discuss the following:

  • North Trail Study Area
  • Growing BATCO
  • Upcoming BATCO Meetings
  • More — what would YOU like to talk about?

Light refreshments will be served.

*Please note:  the Conference Room is through the store to the right; it is not the Community Room!

 

 

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Boulder Alfalfa’s Community Room
Broadway & Arapahoe
7 to 9pm
Everyone welcome

Our guests this month will be  two new senior-level City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks managers:

John Potter, Resources & Stewardship Division Manager

Mark Davison, Community Connections & Partnerships Division Manager

John and Mark are new to OSMP — and they are eager to get our input as recreationists on how to make a great open space program even better. Please join us for an informal, open conversation!

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BATCO Meeting Feb 22

 


NEXT BATCO MEETING

Monday, February 22, 2016

YWCA Boulder

2222 14th St Boulder*

( *Please note new location for

this meeting!)

7 to 9pm

Everyone welcome!

Our guest speaker will be Christian Meyer, Chair of the Colorado State Trails Committee. He will be speaking on the Colorado The Beautiful Initiative, the trails mapping project, and strategic plan development.

Have you ever wondered what your State Trails Committee is doing for you?

The State Trails Committee serves as the principal advisory board to the Parks and Wildlife Commission on all matters related to trails in Colorado, including:

  •  Advising Colorado’s Trails Program on strategic and policy issues.
  •  Reviewing trail grant procedures and funding programs.
  •  Providing a liaison with trail user groups.
  •  Planning and participating in the Colorado Trails Symposium and            other events.

Members represent a wide variety of trail interests (motorized and non-motorized), with the goal of working cooperatively for trails and greenways throughout the state.

Christian lives in Erie.  He was previously a member of the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee.

If time permits we may also discuss the following:

  • North Trail Study Area
  • Growing BATCO
  • Upcoming BATCO Meetings
  • More — what would YOU like to talk about?

Light refreshments will be served.

 


 

 

 

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