Play Boulder Foundation strives to enhance the green spaces where its citizens work, live and play
Boulder’s well-loved public parks and open spaces have a distinct vitality. The abundance of mature trees, trails, playgrounds, outdoor art, seating and lighting make them openly welcoming. Thanks to Mother Nature and the dedicated “placemakers” with the PLAY Boulder Foundation — who’ve been advancing their model since 1976 — Boulder’s parks and urban spaces are both beautiful and accessible.
PLAY Boulder Foundation is the official nonprofit partner of the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department. The sum of the parts is greater than the whole, as the saying goes. In this symbiotic relationship, the foundation enhances public spaces, preserves the local environment and expands access to recreation programs. They accomplish this by mobilizing community support through education, philanthropy and advocacy.
PLAY Boulder’s programs focus on access, sustainability and sense of place. Placemaking combines local community assets,
inspiration and potential, to create spaces that promote health, happiness and well-being. They focus on planning, design and management to strengthen the connections between people and places.
Some of PLAY Boulder’s signature projects include the Boulder Reservoir community “beach” park, the Scott Carpenter Pool and the Valmont Bike Park. Executive director Angie Jeffords holds the belief that everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status or physical differences, should have the same opportunity to enjoy outdoor spaces and recreational places.
“Specifically, we increase access to recreational opportunities for lower income families and people with disabilities,” says Angie. “We care for the urban tree canopy and work to expand it equitably, and we steward the maintenance and betterment of communal spaces throughout Boulder.”
Through five diverse programs, including the Tree Trust and PLAYpass youth recreational voucher program, people can get involved with PLAY Boulder through both volunteerism and financial support. Since community is at the heart of their work, they sought a community banking partner.
“Alpine Bank has helped the PLAY Boulder Foundation with sound investment opportunities, great customer service and personalized banking,” says Angie. “They meets the needs of our organization and the community we serve.”
Learn more at Playboulder.org.
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