Boulder experienced outdoor spaces in new ways when streets were temporarily repurposed to meet community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the public health emergency that led to these changes has ended, the City of Boulder is committed to reimagining public spaces, together with the community, and to this end has launched the Downtown Streets as Public Space project.

As part of this project, a questionnaire launches today on the city’s engagement platform, BeHeardBoulder.org, to hear from more community members about their preferences, ideas and needs for downtown public space, as well as their thoughts on access and connection. The questionnaire should take approximately 10 minutes to complete and is available in English and Spanish through Jan. 31, 2023.

Results from this questionnaire will be combined with previous engagement efforts and technical analysis to reimagine downtown streets as welcoming spaces to gather, attend events, promote walking and biking, support economic health and vitality, and foster social interactions. 

By spring 2023, the project team will develop pop-ups, events and activities to test this summer, temporarily repurposing select downtown streets with possibilities for public lounges, programming, cultural events, art and more. The project will result in long-term recommendations by the end of 2023 to inform upcoming planning efforts and future policy discussions about streets as public space throughout the city. 

To learn more about the Downtown Streets as Public Space project, answer the questionnaire and stay informed, visit the project webpage.