Fence to erect Boulder Star, closure extended – CBS Denver

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – The Boulder Star, a slope signal for the holiday season, is not open to visitors this winter. The city of Boulder’s open space and mountain parks announced an expanded closure of the site on Tuesday.

The star on Flagstaff Mountain (Image credit: Boulder Daily Camera)

The area has been closed since the end of March. The city closed it to prevent gatherings at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Now the city plans to erect permanent wooden fences around the light indicator.

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The reasons? According to the city, significant damage to the site by previous visitors. The steep slope is particularly prone to erosion and the vegetation has to grow back. The staff called the area “barren” in some places.

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Litter, illegal activity, and the risk to people crossing the street near a blind turn to visit the star were other reasons the city cited for the closure.

A 2011 photo overlooking Boulder from the star on Flagstaff Mountain. (Credit: Deb Craft)

OSMP, in coordination with the Boulder Chamber, plans to work on the long-term management of the area and reopen it in 2021.

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Breaking the closure can result in a fine of up to $ 1,000 or 90 days in jail.

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