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. Growing Up Boulder children presented their ideas for the Boulder Civic Area to City Council on November 10, 2015 (comments begin at 48:00). This work continues in 2015, to ensure the integration of young people's ideas into final plans.
In September, we began exploring young people's conceptions of and desires for 15-minute neighborhoods. In a 15-minute neighborhood, people can access their basic needs (parks, food, etc.) within 15 minutes of walking, biking, or transit. We are currently working with children in Whittier International Elementary School's English Language Learners class and have just concluded work with children at the Manhattan housing site and Casey Middle School. We will continue to explore this topic with the Kalmia Housing Site in the winter.
Young People's Perspectives on "15 Minute Neighborhoods"
Perceptions of Resilience
In the spring, 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 is continuing this fall with Whittier International Elementary School and Boulder High School. See the Daily Camera's article on Boulder's Resilience Planning and GUB's Photovoice project and a blog on the Child in the City webpage.
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, and how they were incorporated into OSMP's draft scenarios.
Growing Up Boulder is a partnership between the Program in Environmental Design, Boulder Valley School District, and City of Boulder
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