Q. Safety issue for kids
We mums always like to bring our little ones to see the ducks near the creeks. We always see some homeless people gathering there smoking. Sometimes they asked for money. One time after I parked and got out of the car, I smelled strong alcohol.
As parents, we love the natural enviornment outside the library and kids love to see the wild animals. However, the homeless people there make parents worrying for our kid's health and safefy.
Can the city mark that area as smoke free and no alcohol allowed?
Recently we always see police cars parking outside the library. Seems there are something going on.....
Thanks for contacting us. I will be sure to pass on your feedback to our library administration, since as library staff we also hold the safety and enjoyment of the library and its surroundings as a first priority for the community.
The library strongly enforces our library guidelines/policies regarding smoking, alcohol, disruptive activity in the library and on the library grounds--which may have been what you witnessed as we addressed a violation. The police department enforces city laws on the grounds adjacent to the library including the entire civic area of which the library is a part.
You might want to make your voice heard at the Civic Area Improvement open house coming up on April 4th. The library grounds as well as the creek area east and west of the library are undergoing an improvement process. I've included some links at the end that provide more information on the process and timeline. The Boulder Civic Area Project website addresses the issue of safety in some of their documentation about activation of the plan: It reads:
"Civic Area Safety
Throughout the 18-month visioning process, safety in the Civic Area was a consistent concern and theme to be addressed. The city heard the community loud and clear, and safety is being enhanced by:
- Hiring seasonal ambassadors to welcome residents and visitors to the Civic Area and help ensure safety and provide information about events and activities;
- Increased Police presence and enforcement of illegal activities in the Civic Area; and
- Enhanced activity and programming in the area to promote eyes on the park."
Since you and your children enjoy visiting the ducks (and who doesn't love duck watching?!) You might also want to know about some upcoming events called Nature Play on the Creek from March 21-24. They are terrific events.
Thank you again for your feedback. I hope you'll find the attached links informative and beneficial. We are looking forward to the improvements in the library environs and along the blocks surrounding this beautiful downtown area.
Enjoy the upcoming Spring events, and thank you again for writing in.