Boulder Town Park and
The idea to create a town Park was first conceived in the 1990s for a 7.5 acre parcel of BLM land adjacent to Highway 12 between the Firehouse and the Boulder Mountain Lodge. The BLM agreed to lease the land to the Town for a minimal sum. The Town formed a Park Committee which produced a simple concept plan for an interpretive site with a restored pioneer cabin, Anasazi site, picnic area and trail loop. Residents contributed suggestions for other facilities to be included. A 1.5 acre parcel was later acquired by the Town from the Wilson family connecting the property to the Lodge wetland area to the south. The Park Committee raised funding for implementation work, and another grant for landscape design services, enabling it to retain Gaia Design, Moab, with a local, Tim Clarke, as project landscape architect.
Recently, the Town Council directed the committee to shift focus to the Town Grounds – the areas surrounding the Town Hall (former Schoolhouse), Post Office and Firehouse. A small pocket park had been created by volunteers in 2004 south of the Post. In 2007 work began on a new bulletin board and gathering area north of the Post Office (see photo). The second phase of landscaping created a rock garden next to the water course between the Firehouse and Highway 12. All planted areas used native drought-tolerant plants and drip irrigation, as well as local lava rocks and boulders, all done by local volunteers at minimal cost.
In 2008, the volunteers worked on the Town Grounds by rerouting overhead power lines underground, removing old playground equipment, and leveling the grounds to prepare for new lawns. Drawings and materials are ready for the construction of a shelter for outdoor events on the shady north wall of the Firehouse. In the spring of 2009, new lawn will go down and a new children’s playground will be installed.
Meanwhile, south of the firehouse the work is beginning. Thanks to many generous donations to our tree fund, a team of volunteers planted 24 large trees, and installed drip irrigation and temporary fencing. The trees will define and provide shade for planned picnic circles with stunning views to the south. Future phases include a footbridge entry, parking and pathways, an outdoor amphitheater and stage, water features, a network of trails, ‘pasture’ enclosures, and lots more native trees and shrubs.