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About VidiVici50

THE FASTING KHALEESI IS: * Educated Critical Thinker & Data Driven Metrics Maester
 * Mother of Dragons - Hungry Teenaged Sons
 * Wife of Bronn-like DH
 * Super-fan of ASOIAF (Thank you George RR Martin)
 * Guardian of Mature Shelter Direwolf * Carrier of extra weight since 1999
 * Lifelong exercise-induced endorphin junkie
 * Burdened with lower leg congenital deformity 
 But not a Medical Practitioner!

CU South – Gateway to Boulder

cu_south_base_map_small-1-201601191325 A perfect location for a 50 meter natatorium – the Gateway entrance to Beautiful Boulder and potential base for triathlon training for CU and BoCo….

The land near Que’s coffee shop could be freshened into family friendly hotels and Destination Training bases for elite athlete training…

Sounds too good to be true; it probably is.

But, if anyone out there wants to put in a good word for this usage for this site – please attend:

What: Open house for land use change requests for CU South, other properties

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Monday

Where: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 4215 Grinnell Ave.

More info:bouldercolorado.gov/bvcp/cu-south

Send ideas or comments about CU Boulder South to Lesli Ellis at 303-441-1898.

 

 

Ready to make a Splash! Boulder Update

The BOCO Caps organization has taken a temporary hiatus.

But we are back and ready to re-engage!

In 2015, City of Boulder has completed their Aquatics Feasibility Study Plan – here.

Synopsis:

  • A new natatorium is “visioned for Valmont Park” (i.e. COB heard the community’s desire for a natatorium, but funding is not in the currant CIP budget, nor will it be until COB Planners determine additional sources of funding).  It would  be Boulder’s sixth aquatic facility.
  • Good News: Improvements to Scott Carpenter and North Boulder Rec Center (NBRC) pools are in the CIP budget and progress has begun! Continue reading

BoCo seeks public’s input on 2016 budget – Let’s give some!

The Daily Camera reported On October 5th that Boulder County residents can offer their own ideas about what programs, services and projects should be funded in next year’s budget in public hearings.

The current-year spending package the commissioners authorized to spend by December 31st to fund county services, programs and projects in 2015 is about $515.8M.

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To cook or not to cook? How to allocate $10M is the question.

In November 2014 BVSD voters approved a $576.5 million bond program that is based upon the recommendations and findings from Educational Facilities Master Plan.

One of the recommendations in the Educational Facilities Master Plan is to allocate ~$10M on a new central kitchen at the Education Center on Arapahoe.

While it is commendable that BVSD is being a leader and thinking out of the box in providing this level of infrastructure to healthily feed the more than 30,000 students it serves, without trying to malign a sacred Boulder cow, ten million dollars is a significant capital investment to provide a non-core service that could be provided by a team of local, businesses whose business and livelihood are based upon  providing healthy, nutritious, organic, locally-sourced food at a reasonable price.

This is a  controversial position to take in Boulder County, Colorado, home to the nationally known, renegade chef, Ann Cooper.

However, it might be prudent to rethink the assumptions and reaffirm the plan that went into earmarking significant BVSD capital funds to provide “from-scratch” school lunches.

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Louisville Aquatics Task Force Awakens!

louisville letter

The BoCo CAPS is seeking volunteers to attend the 6 October Louisville City Council meeting and write an email bullet-point report of what transpired, please.

Please email:   BoCoCAPS[at]gmail[dot]com  to let us know if you will be there!

A little background:

  • —Louisvlle Dolphins summer swim team has over 200 swimmers – strong community support
  • In 2014, the city of Louisville declined to partner with private pool opportunity
  • —Louisville is recruiting citizens for task force to investigate expansion of aquatic facilities {letter above}
    • Possible bond election 11-16?
    • However, similar bond did not pass last time
    • Because, perhaps, Louisville-alone lacks the Tax Base to Build / Support Natatorium

The City of Louisville would be a good partner included in an Aquatics District to spread the cost over a larger base – active, youth swim community.

Boulder Aquatics Feasibility Study

Finally Done… and Put on the Shelf!

The Boulder Aquatics Feasibility Study had been a line item in the Boulder Parks and Recreation (BPR) CIP budgeting process since at least 2012. That delay kept any significant maintenance to Boulder pools “on hold” while addressing other high priority needs such as the $2M allocated to upgrading the golf course sprinklers.

The results of this study are:

  • We heard the community clamor for more pool time.
  • Boulder is the premier provider of aquatic services in the region.
  • All the Boulder pools need deficiencies corrected.
  • The community wants a competitive venue but Boulder doesn’t have the money to build one (but can dig up $42M in assets to secure a loan for the Boulder Medical Center Property). So they will explore: “To address unmet community needs related to aquatics facilities,… the department will further explore the vision scenarios provided by the Aquatics Feasibility Plan.
  • The good news is:
    • That the building of a competitive venue is not summarily dismissed.
    • A spot has been designated in the Valmont Park Plan for a competitive venue – not close to any Boulder HS, however, so allocation of pool time will probably be “Stazio’d” (prioritized for adults)
  • Each recreation center is currently “physically constrained” which negates for expansion of the pool to a 50meter size.
    • Yes, each rec center current pool footprint does not allow for expansion.
    • HOWEVER, the physical constraints the BPR identified (parking lots, man-made lakes, retaining walls, solar collection arrays) are not insurmountable engineering feats to overcome for a re-rec center expansion to a 50 meter pool!

The Devil in the DETAILS: BPR wants to charge User Groups more money to use pools during peak hours for the following rationale:

  • The citizens of Boulder would like “More Open Lap Swimming”
  • Which the BPR took to mean reallocate (the already time limited) existing user groups, or historically identified by BPR as “partners,” to allow for more Open Swimming time.
  • However, BPR overlooked identifying or addressing a well-known quirk of the Boulder Open Swim community – our lap swimmers don’t like to share lanes – they expect private pool service levels at pubic pool prices. Perhaps lap lane oversight could encourage sharing without squeezing the swim teams down to fewer lanes and less time? Or, perhaps Spruce remaining open will increase capacity.
  • RESULT: BPR will “develop pricing strategies” that will glean more money from, mostly likely, families with kids that swim and participate in aquatic sports, because that is another strategy of BPR – youth sports are a cash cow to the department with over a 200% return on cost. Historically, that extra money pays for activities that lose BPR money, such as the pottery lab. The BPR exact words (think swim teams, water polo and synchro):
    • Premium pricing – The price set is high to reflect the exclusiveness of the product. An example of this would be a user group paying higher rental fees for the exclusive use of a facility that prohibits the general public or other groups from participating.

Things the 52 Full-Time Equivalents (more employees than most small businesses) could implement to increase pool usage during non-peak hours:

  • Partner with BVSD in “Learn to Swim Programs” for one half-day of swim lessons per week for full-time kindergarteners
  • Partner with BVSD for middle school PE units such as water-noodle water polo, aqua basketball and aqua climbing walls.
  • More aqua fitness classes at South Boulder Rec Center

So, here is the issue with Boulder-alone building a competitive venue:

  1. Boulder already operates five aquatic centers (and they need repair).
  2. A question I am often asked, “Doesn’t Boulder have enough pools?”
  3. The answer, truthfully, is yes – we have sufficient pool facility supply for our Boulder population.
  4. But, because pool time is now labeled as an “exclusive product” during peak hours, BPR is investigating increasing the price to use their pools.
    1. Basic economics: Price increases drive useage down for people who cannot afford to use /pay for the product (think families with children)
    2. As a result fewer kids will be swimming and have more idle/screen time or, worse yet, our carbon footprint is expanding:
    3. There is no extra capacity in the Boulder pool allocation to accommodate NEW user groups such as New water polo or synchro or swim teams. So families are driving (and carpooling) out of Boulder to VMAC in Thornton or the YMCA in Lafayette for youth aquatic programming.

In summary:  Boulder Parks and Rec (BPR) could be a valuable partner with BVSD or CU or BoCo to operate a natatorium and should be include in an Aquatics District if that is the direction BoCo CAPS will take.