Disregard for physical distancing requirements may delay reopening of park amenities, close parks

Posted on 05/02/2020 at 10:35 pm
Shannon Aulabaugh

The City of Boulder recognizes that outdoor recreation, which is allowed under the current Boulder County Stay at Home order in place through May 8, is important for community members’ physical health and mental well-being.

Over this past week, Boulder police officers have responded to several parks, including Eben G. Fine and the Pearl Street Mall, to provide education on social distancing and address inappropriate behavior. “Every time one of my officers responds to an issue at a park, they are putting their health at risk. We want to keep our first responders safe and beautiful parks open. To do that, we need our community members to follow park regulations in addition to the Stay at Home order,” said Chief Maris Herold.  

The city, however, reminds visitors to parks and outdoor public spaces that adhering to physical distancing requirements of at least 6 feet and other park regulations, including no open containers or smoking, is essential to allow these spaces to remain open. The city also strongly suggests that community members wear face coverings in public areas, such as city parks, trails and streets.

The city is shifting from response to recovery as it continues to manage the impacts of COVID-19 in the community. Boulder Parks and Recreation is exploring how best to reopen park amenities while following public health guidelines and city safety requirements. Flatirons Golf Course reopened under new protocols on May 1. The city anticipates reopening several other outdoor facilities and amenities over the next few weeks as we enter the Safer at Home phase of recovery in Boulder.

To reduce the likelihood of extending closures, or the possibility of having to close specific park locations due to public health and safety concerns, and in an effort to prevent large gatherings and ensure extreme physical distancing, the city reminds the community that while we are under Stay at Home order in Boulder:

  • Basketball Courts, Volleyball Courts and Tennis Courts are closed
  • Valmont Bike Park, Disc Golf Courses, Dog Parks and Skate Parks are closed
  • Playgrounds, Parks Picnic Area and Shelters are closed
  • No open containers or smoking of any kind are allowed in city parks

Parks, hiking trails, trailheads and multi-use paths remain open for walking, hiking, biking and running, provided that all users always remain at least six feet from any other user and adhere to public health guidance.

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. For updates from Boulder County, visit bouldercounty.org.