Boulder’s Chautauqua Wins Best Local Government Square 2022 Award

Boulder’s Chautauqua Park was named the 2022 Best Place for Local Government by the Engaging Local Government Leaders Network.

The network’s Knope Award is named after Leslie Knope, the character from the show “Parks and Recreation.”

The recognition program showcases and celebrates places that local governments maintain and manage. This year, the focus has been on historical and cultural sites, recognizing that governments are on the front lines of finding ways to honor history while reflecting the reality of that history, according to a press release from the city.

Colorado Chautauqua was nominated by Boulder Parks and Recreation Director Ali Rhodes and Deputy City Manager Pam Davis. The site is city-owned and operated by both the city and the Colorado Chautauqua Association.

“Colorado Chautauqua is a place where our community comes to listen to music in the auditorium, stay in a historic cottage, have fun in the park, enjoy beautiful views, and hike incredible trails,” said Rhodes in the press release. “Winning the Knope Award is our opportunity to share Chautauqua nationwide. The whole site demonstrates a long-standing partnership, with the CCA and the city working together to provide a place where there is something for everyone.

More than a million people visit Chautauqua each year, where the association has held concerts and music festivals in the auditorium since 1898.

“We’ve always known that Chautauqua has a special place in the heart of Boulder, but winning this award shows that very clearly,” CCA Chief Operating Officer Shelly Benford said in the statement. “The support we felt from the community was phenomenal. Thank you to the city for being such great partners, to the parks and recreation department for nominating us, and to everyone who voted to show their appreciation for this amazing place.