After extensive work with the community and partners, the City of Boulder is launching Park to Park, a pilot program addressing parking and access challenges at Chautauqua. The pilot program will run this summer on Saturdays and Sundays only from June 3 to August 27.
Park to Park will include free shuttle service to and from Chautauqua, and paid parking, with no time limit, in some areas in and around Chautauqua. The
pilot program is part of Chautauqua Access Management Plan (CAMP) efforts to explore ways to deliver a more enjoyable experience for visitors while reducing impacts on neighbors and the area’s natural and cultural resources.
“We’re particularly excited about the free shuttle because we’ve heard from many people that this is a service they want, and now we have a chance to see how that could work. There isn’t transit service to Chautauqua now, just an event shuttle that runs some evenings,” said Natalie Stiffler, transportation planner for the City of Boulder. “And we’re able to offer free satellite parking at the five city garages downtown, at New Vista High School, and in the Regent parking lot on the University of Colorado’s campus.”
Park to Park Pilot Quick Facts:
- The shuttle is a temporary summer service.
- It runs every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays only, from June 3 to August 27.Dogs and climbing gear are welcome on the shuttle.
- There is free satellite parking at shuttle pick-up locations (see attached map).
- Parking in and near Chautauqua will be $2.50/hour on Saturdays and Sundays during the pilot program, with no time limit .
- To pay, visitors should look for pay stations along Baseline Road or save time by downloading the ParkMobile smart phone app.
- Parking will also be paid with no time limits on some neighborhood streets just north of Baseline.
- Residents in the temporary Chautauqua North Neighborhood Parking Permit (NPP) zone can apply for free parking permits on the city's NPP webpage.
- Visitors can also use transportation network company Lyft and get a $2.50 round trip or $1.25 each way discount on travel to and from Chautauqua.
- “The summer pilot program is a trial effort as the city tries to find balance for everyone who visits Chautauqua,” said Lisa Smith, city spokesperson. “The parking management works in tandem with the free shuttle to address access challenges. In this case, that means paid parking in key areas, at peak times. The goal of parking management is to improve access and options, by putting a value on parking spots, spots open up for those who really want or need to drive and park, while providing the free shuttle option for people who would like to avoid traffic and parking.”
During and after the pilot, the city will take community comments and analyze data from the summer to understand how the pilot projects worked at www.ParktoPark.org.