Parks for Teens
In January 2016, Growing Up Boulder began working with Boulder’s teens to incorporate their ideas into public parks. Too often, public spaces are designed with little or no thought to how youth, ages 11-18, might use them. (See our blog post: Parks for Teens: 10 Features Teens Want to See.) Through research, visual preference analysis, field trips, and the construction of 3-D models, Growing Up Boulder is working with 11-14 year olds from the Casey Middle School leadership class and 14-18 year olds in the career readiness component of the I Have a Dream program. Young people will discuss their ideas with city parks planners with the eventual goal of including the youth’s ideas in the upgrade of Howard Heuston Park.
GOCO Inspire Initiative in Lafayette, CO
A Growing Up Boulder consultant and intern are helping Lafayette, Colorado’s young people share their ideas in order to transform access to and enhance the design of nature spaces via the GOCO Inspire Initiative. As part of the Jovenes de la Naturaleza/Nature Kids Lafayette coalition, GUB is working in Thorne Nature Experience’s after school programs to learn how children wish to connect with nature. In addition, GUB is providing consultation on methods for inclusion of middle and high school students’ ideas into the project. Jovenes de la Naturaleza/Nature Kids Lafayette focuses on a square mile area around the city’s core, which has three elementary schools and the highest poverty rate in the Boulder Valley School District. Their vision includes an “emerald necklace” network of trails and parks so that all of the city’s lowest-income youth will be within a safe, 10-minute walk of green space and have safe foot and bike access to all of the city’s park areas.
19th Street Youth Walking Laboratory
The 19th Street Youth Walking Laboratory is a collaborative project of Walk2Connect, GO Boulder, Growing Up Boulder and the Boulder Valley School District,
designed to help bring youth voices into the City of Boulder’s 19th Street Multimodal Project planning process. Click below to read the related report and here to see an associated article.
Growing Up Boulder is a partnership between the Program in Environmental Design, Boulder Valley School District, and City of Boulder
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