What's Happening in Central Park, Downtown Boulder?

All of us “Boulderites” are familiar with Central Park, Civic Park, or Bandshell Park as some refer to it. Located in the heart of downtown Boulder, this urban park nestles in next to the Farmer’s Market on 13th, and extends west to the Library. It houses the bandshell and both the Boulder Creek and Creek path run its full length.

The park has gone through many changes throughout the years and some big ones are about to start that are worth noting. Here is a quick bullet point list of some of the changes we can look forward to in the next few years:

-Increased Farmer’s Market area with more seating and gathering spaces as well as the addition of a Market hall

-Creation of a formal Promenade through the Park

-Upgrading the circulation corridor along Canyon Boulevard to a true “boulevard” with adequate lanes for pedestrians and bicyclists

-Increased formal gathering and performance spaces

-Mixed use block anchoring the east end (east side of 13th street) of the Park

-Dynamic topography and space for larger gatherings/events such as festivals

-Plaza areas for mixed use activity

-Areas for play around the creek that are interactive

-Enhanced circulation, including a bridge to allow for easy and safe pedestrian travel

-Simple wayfinding

-Keep or expand the green open space especially in flood zone by adding restored creek, urban parks, community gardens, etc.

The work is to be completed in three phases that will take a total of 10-20 years to complete with the work starting this summer: 2016. Interested in learning more? Below is information from the City of Boulder regarding an upcoming public meeting on the subject:

‘Come join the Civic Area team to learn about many of the projects as part of an open house on Monday, April 4, 2016! This date has been updated from last week’s initial announcement, which indicated the open house would be on Monday, Mar. 28, 2016. The open house will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Riverside at 1724 Broadway St. in Boulder. The event will feature various information stations and public input opportunities.

For more information on this event, click on link below:


If you want more information on the complete Master Plan as approved by the City of Boulder, here is link:


Masterplan for Boulder’s Civic Area