Living Lab: Iris Right-Sizing and 15-Minute Neighborhood Pilots. In July we began outreach to gather baseline information from residents at the Kalmia housing site for the right-sizing project on Iris. We also used this opportunity to begin exploring approaches to understanding young people's conceptions of and desires for 15-minute neighborhoods. Click here to learn more about initial data gathered.
Open Space and Mountain Parks
In June we began outreach to capture children and youth voice for the North Trail Study Area planning process. Outreach includes OSMP's Jr Ranger program, Boulder Journey School, and a family day on July 11. Click here to see young people's ideas and recommendations.
Boulder Civic Area
Growing Up Boulder has engaged young people with city planners to re-envision public space at the heart of downtown Boulder. The Civic Area project has engaged roughly 125 young people in visioning in 2012 and an additional 125 young people in the design of public space in 2014.
City as Play
Urban Planner James Rojas pioneered City as Play as an interactive method to creatively engage people in the planning process. Mr. Rojas presented his work at CU Boulder and facilitated several workshops for the Civic Area. Since then GUB has continued to explore a variety of applications for this method.
Perceptions of Resilience
Growing Up Boulder began exploring ideas of resilience with the city's resilience office and the City of Boulder's Youth Services Initiative (YSI) using photography and mural art. This work will continue in the fall with Whittier International Elementary School and YSI. See the Daily Camera's article on Boulder's Resilience Planning and GUB's Photovoice project.
EXPAND at the Reservoir
For the first time this year, Growing Up Boulder worked with participants of EXPAND -- Boulder's Parks and Recreation program for adults and youth with disabilities -- to explore the Boulder Reservoir.
Insect Explorations by Boulder Journey School
Students from Boulder Journey School explored insects this year. GUB's partnership brought them to Coot Lake with Parks and Recreation for further insect exploration and to Wonderland Lake to inform Open Space and Mountain Parks planning.
Youth-led Art in the Park
This spring, a 12-year old from Casey Middle School, named Elijah, approached Growing Up Boulder about his desire to facilitate public art in the Civic Area. GUB brought 14 3rd graders from Mackintosh Academy, Boulder to the Civic Area for a "plein air" painting session, in which children painted something from Colorado's natural world that they loved. A mother Canada Goose and her goslings were in the creek that day, and these geese featured prominently in many student's paintings. The works will hang in the public library this summer.
Growing Up Boulder partnered with the city's Youth Opportunities Program and GO Boulder to explore high school students attitudes toward transportation, barriers to different modes of transportation, and feedback mechanisms for youth to express concerns and ideas for transportation planning.
Growing Up Boulder is a partnership between the Program in Environmental Design, Boulder Valley School District, and City of Boulder
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