Our Work



government transparency

Open Boulder’s governance vision? A city that harnesses the ideas and concerns of people who are often too busy with life to engage politically – working people, students, seniors, families, and others –and is responsive to what the majority of its residents want.

As a data-driven agent of change, Open Boulder will use forums, panel discussions, surveys, Q&A events, and social media to measure citizen concerns and communicate those concerns to decision makers. Open Boulder has committed to an open source, citizen-centric approach that emphasizes government transparency, collaboration and accessibility.

get on board! events planned…

Learn how to get a seat at the table where local government decisions are made. Register now for our “Get On Board (or Commission)!” seminar and get ready to join a City of Boulder Board or Commission in 2019!

access to open space


osmp master plan

The Open Space & Mountain Parks (OSMP) Master Plan will shape the City of Boulder’s approach to future stewardship questions, such as:

  • How to continue conservation of natural, cultural and scenic areas while also providing enjoyable visitor experiences

  • How to address population growth with increased visitation

  • How the city will make its natural areas more resilient amid climate change

OSMP will use community feedback as well as input from staff and the Open Space Board of Trustees to develop revised Master Plan strategies. Community input and a statistically valid survey in early 2019 will inform how these draft strategies will be integrated and compared against three funding scenarios and financial sustainability strategies.

Wonderland Lake

Wonderland Lake

integrated site projects

OSMP is currently developing a Integrated Site Project (ISP) for the Wonderland Lake area.

Goals these ISPs intend to achieve are:

  • How best to implement previously approved OSMP plans.

  • Improving visitor experiences and sustaining important natural areas.

  • Addressing other open space values as outlined in the Boulder City Charter.

OSMP will host a community and neighborhood meeting to hear input on the Wonderland Lake Integrated Site Project (ISP). Join us from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the North Boulder Recreation Center – Multipurpose Room, 3170 Broadway. Parking may be limited. OSMP encourages people to carpool or use the bus to come to this meeting. There will be no implementation of any activities associated with this project in 2019. Please see results from a questionnaire OSMP has conducted for this project in the Wonderland Lake site.


coalition building

The Boulder outdoor coalition unites the voices of outdoor enthusiasts to conserve public lands and ensure those lands are managed in a way that embraces the human-powered experience. Currently an ad hoc coalition managed by Open Boulder, the coalition includes organizations that represent over 20,000 bird watchers, climbers, coaches, dog walkers, gravel & road cyclists, hikers, horseback riders, land managers, local bicycle shops, mountain bicyclists, non-profit advocacy organizations, outdoor equipment and clothing manufacturers or retailers, para-gliders, regional trail advocates, stroller parents, trail builders, trail runners & walkers.

We believe that a unified outdoor recreation community is the best way to protect the outdoors. By connecting thousands of outdoor enthusiasts, Boulder outdoor coalition works to protect, promote, and enhance human-powered recreation, and ensures the best protections for places that matter to the outdoor recreation community.