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Adopt a Pocket Park


Description:

You, or the organization you represent, can adopt a specific median, multi-use path, roadway, transit stop or pocket park for a period of one year (with the option to renew annually).

This option allows individuals and groups a volunteer opportunity to contribute to the beautifying of the public domain and overall community well-being. Volunteers can set their own schedule for this work. The City of Boulder will recognize participants for their contributions to keeping public property debris-free and enhancing the city’s overall aesthetics.

Requirements

  • The desire to support staff by keeping the areas neat and clean
  • Sign a volunteer acknowledgement of Risk and Release and provide signed copies to staff for any additional volunteers that are recruited to assist with clean-up efforts.
  • Sign a adopt a spot volunteer application
  • Review the Volunteer Handbook and provide to participants
  • Attend an orientation training with a member of our staff
  • Be familiar with the safety hazards of this job which are stated in the agreement
  • Be our eyes and ears and report vandalism or any maintenance concerns to Public Works staff
  • Use water-wise plants (preferred)
  • Be courteous and personable when dealing with the public
  • Be self-directed, willing to take initiative, and detail-oriented
  • Report volunteer hours monthly using Count Me In Boulder.

Available Locations:

Elm & 27th- This spacious 9,000+ square foot parcel has a walking path that connects to 27th Way. It boasts several large trees and an iris bed. Property Needs: The bollards that prevent vehicle access could benefit from a fresh coat of paint. In addition, the willow tree often drops branches that can be bundled and collected for compost. Finally, the iris bed could be thinned out, with the adoptee welcome to the extra plants.

 

Eisenhower & 48th- This moderately-size park, at 6,500 square feet, offers both a bench and a bus stop for patrons. In addition, there are opportunities to maintain a flower bed and improve upon a utilities box in need of repair.  Property Needs: A new utility box could be built or given a fresh coat of paint. The overgrown junipers onsite could also be replaced with something more suitable. Finally, if interested, the adjacent bus stop could also be adopted and maintained for cleanliness.

 

Merritt Dr.- This 13,700 square foot park has a lot of potential.   What it lacks in infrastructure it makes up for with open space. However, due to current parking ordinances, be prepared to park off-site and walk through this lovely development to access the park.  Property Needs: Immediate needs for this park include pruning, mulching, and trash removal. But we’re open-minded for the future! 

Time Commitment:

Monthly visits to the adopted area (weekly for RTD stops) are required.

Ready to get involved?


Adopt-A-Spot


Description:

You, or the organization you represent, can adopt a specific median, multi-use path, roadway, transit stop or pocket park for a period of one year (with the option to renew annually).

This option allows individuals and groups a volunteer opportunity to contribute to the beautifying of the public domain and overall community well-being. Volunteers can set their own schedule for this work. The City of Boulder will recognize participants for their contributions to keeping public property debris-free and enhancing the city’s overall aesthetics.

 Requirements:

  • The desire to support staff by keeping the areas neat and clean
  • Sign a volunteer acknowledgement of Risk and Release and provide signed copies to staff for any additional volunteers that are recruited to assist with clean-up efforts.
  • Sign a adopt a spot volunteer application
  • Review the Volunteer Handbook and provide to participants
  • Attend an orientation training with a member of our staff
  • Be familiar with the safety hazards of this job which are stated in the agreement
  • Be our eyes and ears and report vandalism or any maintenance concerns to Public Works staff
  • Use water-wise plants (preferred)
  • Be courteous and personable when dealing with the public
  • Be self-directed, willing to take initiative, and detail-oriented
  • Report volunteer hours monthly using Count Me In Boulder.
Time Commitment:

Monthly visits to the adopted area (weekly for RTD stops) are required.

Your visit could include a visual inspection of the area up to maintenance on the area that includes any of the following (if applicable):

    • Remove trash, leaves, and debris a minimum of once a month (week for RTD stops).
    • Weed (mechanical or manual means only – no herbicide/pesticide application) a minimum of every two weeks during growing season (April – October).
    • In the fall, pruning any ornamental grasses, pick up and dispose of leaves, and mulch existing mulched areas (city to provide mulch).
    • Edge trim where landscaped areas meet hardscape areas; clearance trim anywhere landscaping is conflicting with pedestrian or vehicle traffic.
    • Report any observable problems with the irrigation system (i.e., leaks, misdirected spray, etc.) or any hazards (such as needles) to Transportation Maintenance 303-441-3200.

 

Ready to get involved?

Contact Rene Lopez, lopezr@bouldercolorado.gov, (303) 413-7149 or apply online to become a volunteer.


Pedestrian and Bicycle Counts


Description:

Hey Boulder! Can we count on you?

Data matters! Ever wanted to know how many people use your favorite multi-use path? Help us find out!

The City of Boulder Transportation division is seeking volunteers to help us count pedestrians and bicyclists on various paths around town. With as little as a two-hour commitment, you can help us collect better data that will inform transportation decisions in the future.   

Time Commitment:
Documents:

Ready to get involved?

Contact Emily Kleinfelter, kleinfeltere@bouldercolorado.gov, (303) 441-4263 to become a volunteer.


Help us find out how many people use our multi-use paths by counting pedestrians and cyclists.  Sign up here!

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