The City of Boulder and the Colorado Chautauqua Association (CCA) came together in 2015 when both parties acknowledged that the Chautauqua was facing difficulties in visitor transportation and mobilization.
For a variety of reasons, the vast majority of visitors arrive at the Chautauqua area by automobile. This situation, combined with the popularity of this area, creates traffic congestion, parking congestion and high greenhouse gas emission levels. In addition, several visitors park in the neighborhoods around the baseline of the park, which although permissible, has become a problem for permanent residents living in the area.
The following issues were summarized for Chautauqua Park:
- Inadequate parking supply for peak times during the year.
- Parking issues in the surrounding neighborhoods.
- Quality of life for residents
- Finding a place to park
- Vehicle circulation issues
- Pedestrian Access issues to Chautauqua Park:
- Drivers not yielding to pedestrians at crosswalks.
- Overcrowded parked vehicles encroaching pedestrian walk areas.
“The parties [The City of Boulder and the CCA] recognize that during peak periods, parking demand for all uses with and around Chautauqua far exceeds supply. Chautauqua needs a tailored access management strategy to balance the access of the variety of users and modes while also maintaining the natural, built, and historic environments. The movement of vehicles looking for parking presents safety issues and degrades the visitor experience. “
– From the 2015 lease signed between Colorado Chautauqua Association (CCA) and City of Boulder