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Boulder County Parks and Open Space Survey for East Boulder Creek Management Plan Open through February 28

This is a great opportunity to advocate for a beautiful new
regional trail!
Boulder County Parks & Open Space

Boulder County Parks & Open Space is preparing a management plan
for the East Boulder Creek (EBC) Site and is seeking public comments.

The area is just north of Erie and is primarily bounded by US Highway 287
on the west, State Highway 52 (Mineral Road) on the north, and East
County Line Road on the east. Kenosha and Jasper Roads form boundaries
on the south and east. The 1377-acre site is an opportunity to welcome the
community to a new public space while ensuring a thriving habitat and
agriculture values. The site is composed of five individual open space
properties that contain a dozen ponds and five miles of perennial streams
along Boulder Creek and Coal Creek.

The goal is to provide a welcoming space for all in the community
while conserving the open space values important to everyone.
Agriculture, wildlife, native plants, and public use can all exist in
harmony at this site.
Public input will help shape the future of the site
and the priorities for conservation and community access.

Boulder County values your input and is reaching out to solicit your
participation in this process.

What can you do now?
Step 1: Watch the short introductory video on the website.
Step 2: Take the survey and share your feedback.
Step 3: Request additional input opportunities with the planning team
whose emails are included below.

Will there more opportunities for involvement? Yes, a second phase of the
planning process will begin in the spring and include more information
about the site, visits to the area, another survey, and additional public
meetings. The entire process is expected to last through the remainder of
2023 with further outreach and engagement later in the year.

For more information visit the East Boulder Creek Site Management
Plan
 webpage.

Please reach out to Jeff Moline (jmoline@bouldercounty.org or
303-678-6270) and Heidi Wagner (hwagner@bouldercounty.org or
720-864-6501) with questions or requests for more information.

Thank you for your interest in this open space and this planning process!

East Boulder Creek Site Map

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Boulder County Parks and Open Space wants YOU to apply for the Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee!

Are you interested in helping guide Boulder County Parks and Open Space by serving on their volunteer advisory board?

The Boulder County Commissioners are now recruiting for Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee (POSAC) members to fill vacancies starting March 2023.  We hope to get many qualified applicants!

Regards,
Therese Glowacki, Director
Boulder County Parks and Open Space

Information about POSAC, and the link to apply, can be found here:

Now recruiting for POSAC members.
Deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 13. Apply Now

The Parks & Open Space Advisory Committee (POSAC) reviews proposals and advises Parks & Open Space staff and the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on open space issues, new land acquisitions, and the management of existing properties.

The deadline to apply is Friday, January 13.

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End of Year Donations

To everyone who donated to BATCO through Colorado Gives Day, THANK YOU!

If you missed it, you can still donate to BATCO using the “Join/Donate” tab on this website. Hint, hint 🙂

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Colorado Gives Day is December 6

Colorado Gives Day is Here! BATCO is an approved non-profit affiliated with Colorado Gives Day. You can donate here: https://www.coloradogives.org/organization/BATCO.
Don’t forget to check whether your employer will match your donation. If your company uses Benevity (www.benevity.org) to facilitate donations to non-profits like BATCO, we are certified through them — making it easy for everyone to do the right thing! Our trails will thank you!

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Anemone Hill Trail Construction

Trail Closures – updated May 17, 2021

May update: OSMP’s trail construction contractor will be utilizing a helicopter to mobilize materials to the Anemone Hill trail construction project site. Helicopter work will require a public safety closure on the Anemone Hill and Red Rocks area. The closure is scheduled for Monday, May 24, weather pending, or the soonest good weather day afterwards. Please visit this webpage again for any updates. View a map of the closure area .Anemone Trail work

February Update: Trail construction is continuing over the winter as weather allows on the new Anemone Trail loop. The existing Anemone Trail has been re-opened, while an area closure is in-place where trail construction is actively continuing. The area has been signed accordingly. Please stay out of closed areas due to rockfall risk, mechanized equipment, and rock blasting in these areas, and do not remove or damage signs. Trail closures are expected to change as-needed for public safety and project efficiency as work continues.

View a map of the current area closure 

Why are trail closures needed?

Mechanized equipment, rock blasting, rockfall, and other construction hazards necessitate closure of Anemone Hill trails during construction hours.

Anemone Hill trails are expected to be open evenings and weekends.

Nearby trails, especially around the Centennial and Settlers Park Trailheads and the Red Rocks Area, will have short-term closures when heavy equipment and helicopters are operating in the area to support the Anemone Hill project.

PLEASE DO NOT ENTER CLOSURE AREAS OR REMOVE CLOSURE FENCES AND SIGNS   – doing so puts yourself and other visitors at risk, slows down construction, and increases project costs. No trespassing in closure areas. Violators will be ticketed and fined up to $1000 and/or 90 days in jail.

Anemone Hill project update, June 4, 2020 

Trail construction has started! The crew has mobilized equipment to the site, and begun work on a large stone retaining wall and stone stairs. Here, the crew is preparing a stone that has been drilled and split to be moved by cable to the project site.

Trail construction work
Anemone Hill

Project Overview

What work is being done?

OSMP is constructing a new three-mile loop trail – this new route will bring people to many of the existing popular locations on Anemone Hill, and some new areas. Additionally, existing undesignated trails in the area that are in poor condition and which negatively impact habitat will be closed and re-vegetated to reduce impacts to the environment.

View a map of the planned project .

What can I expect to see during the project?

  • Mechanized equipment is being used for this project. Helicopters are expected to be used for mobilizing materials for some aspects of the work.Trail work with machine
  • Rockfall control fencing will be installed on the eastern part of Anemone Hill – this is needed to prevent rockfall over Boulder Canyon during construction. This barrier will be removed before project completion.

When is this project occurring?

The project will start as early as Thursday, May 14, 2020 and is expected to take approximately two years to complete.

Why is this project being done? 

The new trail will replace existing trails, which have significant erosion and widening issues. These issues are negative impacts to the surrounding environment and are impossible for OSMP to adequately maintain. OSMP trail staff and ecologists have collaborated on the trail design with the goal of providing a fantastic recreational opportunity for trail users while minimizing negative impacts to the environment and habitat.

The Anemone Hill project is part of the OSMP West Trail Study Area (WTSA)  management plan, which was approved by OSMP’s Board of Trustees and Boulder’s City Council and involved significant public input. 

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Bear Canyon Reroute Project

OSMP will begin a trail project to re-route a 1/3-mile section of Bear Canyon Trail the week of May 24, and expected to last through November 2021. Bear Canyon Trail will be closed to public access from 6 am – 5 pm Mon-Fri during this timeframe due to rockfall hazard from the trail construction site. The trail will be open evenings and weekends. This project will re-route a section of Bear Canyon Trail away from sensitive streamside habitat, improve trail conditions, and reduce trail susceptibility to flood damage. Brief (up to one hour) closures on Bear Peak West Ridge Trail are also expected on Monday, May 24 (weather pending), or the first good weather day after, for helicopter work to mobilize equipment to the project site. View a map of the planned trail closure .

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Most Boulder County Parks & Open Space Back Open After Fires

Many Boulder County open space closures will be lifted Nov. 10, parks officials announced.

BOULDER COUNTY, CO — Most Boulder County Open Space closures have been lifted, parks officials said.

The parkland is reopening “due to the decreased fire danger and current weather conditions,” Boulder County Parks and Open Space said in a news release. Heil Valley Ranch will remain closed for resource and safety assessments.

Level 2 fire restrictions remain in effect for all areas of unincorporated Boulder County, officials said. Information about what Level 2 restrictions entail can be found here.

List of properties that are set to reopen Tuesday:

  • Anne U. White
  • Bald Mountain
  • Caribou Ranch
  • Castle Rock climbing area
  • Grassy Top
  • Hall Ranch
  • Hessie trailhead
  • Mud Lake
  • Reynolds Ranch
  • Sugarloaf Mountain
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National Forest Closures due to the fires

Here is an article from Colorado Public Radio about our local National Forest closures.

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Boulder County properties closed due to the fires

Click here for latest information.

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The Time is Nigh for the UPRR / RTD Rail Regional Trail !

Ta Da!!!  It’s been a long time coming, but with your help we may soon have an amazing new trail extending more than 9 miles between Boulder and Erie!

BATCO identified this trail alignment waaaay back in 1996 and we have been carrying it as one of our “Top 10 Trail Projects” ever since.  It would utilize the former Union Pacific Railroad bed and would connect several favorite trails such as Walden/Sawhill Ponds, the East Boulder Trail at Gunbarrel (which in turn may someday be part of the Trail Around Boulder), and a network of trails in the Town of Erie. Boulder County and several partner agencies have been working diligently on this project since 2003.

NOW is the time for all non-motorized trail advocates to support this exciting opportunity!  Please open the following link and familiarize yourself with the project: https://www.bouldercounty.org/transportation/plans-and-projects/union-pacific-trail/.  Write the Regional Trails Planner Tonya Luebbert at tluebbert@bouldercounty.org by August 31.  There are also a few opportunities to join a virtual townhall on Aug 26 and 27.

That’s less than two weeks to get your voice heard! GO!

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