Boulder County Parks & Open Space is preparing a management plan for the East Boulder Creek Site and are seeking public comments. Public input will help shape the future of the site and the priorities for conservation and community access.
East Boulder Creek Site Management Plan
The site shares a border with Weld County at East County Line Road, and is also bounded by State Highway 52 on the north, US 287 generally on the west, and Jasper and Kenosha Roads on the south.
The Town of Erie lies just to the south, Niwot several miles to the northwest, and Longmont about five miles to the north.
This 1,377-acre site is composed of five individual open space properties that contain a dozen ponds and five miles of perennial stream along Boulder Creek and Coal Creek.
About East Boulder Creek Site
This portion of the Boulder Valley has been an important part of the region for its streamside riparian habitats, its irrigated farmlands, and its location in this rural and agricultural community. The area has been, and remains, a source of oil and gas operations. Coupled with aggregate mining, these extractive industries have left an impact of disturbed topsoil and weedy uplands. The county has finished the reclamation of the last and most recent gravel operation and will continue to revegetate the site.
Due to the extent of past aggregate mining, the site continues to provide ongoing opportunities for restoration. In the latest example, the county partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fully restore a one-mile segment of the Boulder Creek floodplain east of US 287 several years ago, broadening the channel in order to build resilience into the landscape and to offer a larger riparian habitat footprint. Learn more about the restoration project.
The site also supports existing significant wildlife habitats and wetlands. Due to its relatively level topography and position on the western Great Plains, this site offers expansive views of the Front Range mountains and the Indian Peaks area. This site presents a variety of passive recreation options and a continued opportunity to restore this place for both the natural and human community.
Check back here for updates! There will be multiple opportunities for comment and involvement throughout 2023.
Additional information and a new survey for the next phase will be available in the spring of 2023.