Boulder’s Chautauqua Park Overwhelmed

chautauqua trailhead restingBoulder‘s famous Chautauqua Park at the foot of the Flatirons and the adjacent, University Hill Neighborhood (AKA ‘The Hill”)  is finally hitting a tipping point in use, or perhaps over use as the city struggles to manage parking and the impact of an ever increasing number of visitors.

The area near here generally referred to as the East Chautauqua Neighborhood is even beginning to feel some of the same impact as so many people come to this part of town, especially on the week ends.

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Chautauqua ParkingBoulder City Council looked at a pilot plan to address easing traffic and parking issues at Chautauqua Park recently. The idea was to implement and enforce the plan that included a seven day per week change to parking which included for the first time a fee to park.

The City Council voted recently to change the plan so that it’s only in force on weekends for now. The parking fee is proposed to be $2.50 per hour which is double what it costs to park in public spaces, street parking  etc. in other parts of Boulder such as The Hill and downtown.

Boulder Colorado Flatirons near East ChautauquaCouncil rejected a two-hour time limit for residential streets near Chautauqua Park. Parking pay stations that were proposed to be installed on many nearby neighborhood streets was also rejected from the plan.

Since crowds at Chautauqua have doubled in just the last 10 to 12 years there’s all sorts of controversy and hand wringing about how to address the issue including creating shuttle buses from other parts of town (can you say Aspen/ Maroon Bells?) … ah the struggles of growth continue to change what was once a fairly small and quiet town.

Zachary Epps, GRI®, ABR®, MCNE®, REALTOR®, full-time RE/MAX professional, RE/MAX Hall of Fame, RE/MAX Platinum Club…and author of

The Boulder Real Estate and Neighborhood Guide 

The Boulder Condo Guide 

The Home Buyer’s Handbook

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