East Boulder Creek Site Management Plan
East Boulder Creek

East Boulder Creek Site Management Plan

Boulder County Parks & Open Space is preparing a management plan for the East Boulder Creek Site and is seeking public comments. Public input will help shape the future of the site and the priorities for conservation and community access.

Survey Results

The first survey closed on Feb. 28. The survey focused on conservation and people priorities.

Staff are analyzing the data and will post results by April 30.

Video Overview

Planning Timeline

Site Location

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.


Indian Peaks reflection in Kenosha Ponds

Indian Peaks reflection in Kenosha Ponds.

East Boulder Creek frost on grass

Frost on sideoats grama grass in a cottonwood grove along Coal Creek.

Pelicans on Kenosha Pond

American white pelicans on Kenosha Pond.

East Boulder Creek sunrise

Sunrise along Boulder Creek looking west to the Indian Peaks.

Animal tracks, frosty leaf, and some flood debris along Coal Creek at Bailey-Kenosha Ponds

Animal tracks, frosty leaf, and some flood debris along Coal Creek.

Dawn on Kenosha Pond

Dawn on Kenosha Pond.

Views of Indian Peaks from oil and gas facilities

Views of Indian Peaks from oil and gas facilities.

East Boulder Creek food damage

Boulder Creek flood damage just east of N. 109th St. near the Alexander Dawson property.

East Boulder Creek riparian grove

Riparian cottonwood grove along Coal Creek.

East Boulder Creek

Boulder Creek on the East Boulder Creek Site.

Boulder Creek after restoration

Boulder Creek just beginning to flow in its new channel and floodplain.

Dawn at Bailey-Kenosha Ponds

Dawn at the Bailey-Kenosha Ponds property.

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 aggregate resources. While extractive industries have impacted the site, the agricultural community, including the tenants of these county open space parcels, continues to steward this rural landscape. The area has been, and remains, a site for oil and gas operations. The county 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.

Contact Us

Parks & Open Space

If you have questions about the project, please email Heidi Wagner at hwagner@bouldercounty.org or call 720-864-6501.

If you have comments or feedback, please wait until the Phase II survey is released. Emailed comments will not be accepted.