July 4th Opens and Closes in Boulder

BOULDER, Colo. – The City of Boulder announced today that in addition to closures related to Independence Day, there will be additional impacts later this week to city facilities and services that are currently operating in a limited capacity due to COVID-19.

All city facilities will be closed on July 2 as part of a citywide cost-saving effort to help address the financial impact of COVID-19. The city announced on June 1 that it would be implementing six furlough days for nearly all city staff this year as a cost-saving effort to close the budget gap caused by the pandemic. Employees will not be paid for this day away from work and are not allowed to use vacation time to offset the loss in income. This measure will result in an estimated budget savings of over $1.8 million. July 2 is the first in the series of furlough days for 2020.

Most city facilities will be closed on July 3 and 4 in observance of the Fourth of July, with the following exceptions:

Open on Friday, July 3:

  • Boulder Reservoir will be open with the incoming gate opening at 7 a.m. and exit gate closing at 8 p.m. Recreation opportunities are limited to passive recreation (walking, running, biking), permitted boat and small watercraft and Rocky Mountain Paddleboard rentals. Swimming in the reservoir is not allowed. Dogs are not allowed in the park May 15 through Labor Day. While volleyball nets and picnic tables currently are not installed, restroom facilities are available. Passive recreation opportunities are available to visitors to the North Shore or Coot Lake; however, it is illegal to bring any type of watercraft, including stand up paddleboards and flotation devices to this area (City of Boulder Emergency Regulation 8-3-3.D.20).  No parking signage areas will be enforced, so visitors should not park illegally at risk of being fined or towed.  For information about daily entry fees and current protocols, visit Boulder Reservoir.
  • Flatirons Golf Course will be open to players with tee times and pre-payment only, practice facilities and driving range open only for guests with a tee time. For more information about current protocols, visit Flatirons Golf.
  • Spruce Outdoor Pool will be open normal operation hours, reservations are required. For more information about current protocols, reservations and hours, visit Spruce Pool.
  • Park-to-Park shuttle to/from Chautauqua Park runs from 8 a.m.–8 p.m., and pay parking is in effect in and around Chautauqua Park on this city-observed holiday.

Open on Saturday, July 4:

  • Boulder Reservoir will be open with the incoming gate opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 4 p.m.; the exit gate closes at 5 p.m. All protocol from July 3 remain in place with the addition that alcohol is not allowed. For information about daily entry fees and current protocols, visit Boulder Reservoir.
  • Flatirons Golf Course will be open to players with tee times and pre-payment only, practice facilities and driving range open only for guests with a tee time. For more information about current protocols, visit Flatirons Golf.
  • Spruce Outdoor Pool will be open from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., reservations are required. For more information about current protocols and reservations, visit Spruce Pool.
  • Park-to-Park shuttle to Chautauqua Park, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.

Parking is free on July 3 and 4 at city pay stations, garages and lots in downtown Boulder, University Hill and Boulder Junction. Paid parking will remain in effect in and around Chautauqua Park on these dates and use of the free Park-to-Park shuttle is encouraged. Regular pay parking and enforcement will be in effect on July 2.

Visitors to Eben G. Fine Park can anticipate that Arapahoe Avenue will be closed July 3 and 4 from the east end of the park to Boulder Canyon Drive. Local traffic and emergency vehicles will be allowed beyond the closure. Parking within the vicinity of the park will be limited to designated areas; once these parking spaces are at capacity, no additional vehicles will be permitted access. Parking along the shoulder of Boulder Canyon Drive in the city is prohibited and is signed as such. Illegally parked vehicles at these locations or in the surrounding neighborhood will be subject to ticketing or towing.

Flagstaff Road will be closed from 5 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. After 5 p.m., all traffic will be diverted at 6th Street and Baseline Road. Only residents who live west of Chautauqua will be allowed vehicle access beyond the closure. Flagstaff Mountain-area trails will remain open.

We all play a part in keeping our parks a fun place to celebrate; please check out our list of general park rules to help you be a good neighbor as you plan your outing. If you plan to recreate on open space, please follow these responsible recreation guidelines.

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City of Boulder announce civil enforcement plan to combat spike in new COVID-19 cases

Continued large gatherings, especially on University Hill, cause for concern

BOULDER, Colo. -The City of Boulder today announced plans to implement and leverage an emergency order that amends the definition of Public Nuisance and procedures related to the Abatement of Public Nuisance Code to provide new ways of addressing large and unsafe gatherings in private properties. The action stems from concerns about a lack of compliance to the statewide Public Health Order 20-28, also known as “Safer at Home in the Vast, Great Outdoors.” as well as previous health orders. This order prohibits large gatherings with more than 10 people who do not share a household without adequate physical distancing. Recent incidents in the University Hill neighborhood and a subsequent increase in transmission of COVID-19, particularly among student and youth populations, suggest that warnings and education are not changing behavior.

“It is disheartening that the city is forced to take additional action to gain compliance,” said Jane Brautigam, city manager, “but we will not allow the lives of our community-at-large to be further jeopardized by poor choices made by a few. We are hopeful this civil approach will send a message that there are concrete consequences to ignoring guidelines and regulations that are intended to protect each of us and our neighbors.”

Effective today, the City of Boulder has amended the Abatement of Public Nuisance Code, under Emergency Order 2020-19, which will allow officials to pursue abatement if a property repeatedly has noise violations or hosts large gatherings.

In addition to this, the city is notifying the owners and representatives of 12 residences that have been identified as chronic violators of the code between March 16 and May 25, 2020. The criteria used to determine who received notices was either the number of noise violations or that large gatherings were held violating the health order.

“We want residents and property owners to do the right thing,” said City Attorney Tom Carr. “The goal is to end the dangerous gatherings and parties – and create a safe environment for everyone during these challenging times.”

Any additional violation by properties on this list will trigger potential abatement action. This action is likely to include facilitated conversations and/or mediation with property owners and tenants to address the problem. Failure to comply after that step could result in revocation of rental licenses, which would force tenants to vacate the properties.

A public nuisance is defined as conduct that would annoy residents in the vicinity of the parcel or passersby, which includes violations of public health orders.

“We’re grateful for the city’s partnership in battling this virus,” said Jeff Zayach, Boulder County Public Health executive director. “We hope there won’t be any violations; it’s so important that we all work together to protect each other and our economy moving forward.”

“The university supports the city in this action, which reinforces our numerous ongoing communications to students,” said Akirah Bradley, CU Boulder vice chancellor for student affairs. “Each fall, CU Boulder’s Office of Off-Campus Housing and Neighborhood Relations has worked closely with the city and the Boulder Area Rental Housing Association to create communication packets landlords can share to help educate their student tenants.

“The CU Boulder Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution office addressed violations of public health orders as reports were submitted to the office under the current student code of conduct. Next week, it will announce an update to the campus’s student code of conduct to ensure students are held accountable for violating public and campus health orders, and this fall COVID-19 training will be mandatory for all students.”

To report a Public Nuisance Code violation in the City of Boulder, please call 303-441-3333.

The city, in partnership with health officials, will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and provide updates to the community. Visit bouldercolorado.gov/coronavirus for the latest city information.