Boulder is home to several fantastic nonprofits that provide vital services to the community. Among those is the PLAY Boulder Foundation, which is a philanthropic partner of the Boulder Parks and Recreation Department. PLAY Boulder works to protect the environment, improve public spaces, and make recreation programs safe and available for all.
On August 27, the 35th annual Great Boulder Duck Race will commence, which is the largest fundraising event of the year for PLAY Boulder, and proceeds will benefit our city’s 60+ parks with the goal of expanding inclusivity. Public spaces are crucial in any community, but it’s important to make these areas accessible.
This event is for a fantastic cause, benefiting the PLAY Boulder Foundation’s programs for low-income families and people with disabilities. Ready to learn more about this Boulder tradition (and perhaps adopt a duck)? Here’s everything you need to know:
How to Participate
During The Great Boulder Duck Race, approximately 3,000 rubber ducks will race across the lazy river at Scott Carpenter Pool. True to the mission of PLAY Boulder, this event is free to the public. The event will kick off at 11 am and run until 1 pm, offering plenty of time for visitors to stop by and enjoy the festivities. Individual duck sponsors have the chance to win awesome prizes sponsored by local businesses, and there’s prize money on the table for the top three finishers. If you’d like to sponsor a duck or create an adoption team, you can find all the details here. Keep in mind that while there’s parking available at the pool, it will be crowded; so you may want to find alternative transportation.
Boulder is an incredible city to call home. Our residents’ commitment to sustainability and inclusivity is unmatched, and the PLAY Boulder Foundation is a great example of these values coming together. If you’re a fan of public parks and programs, you’ll definitely want to stop by the Great Boulder Duck Race, sponsor a duck, or make an online donation to PLAY Boulder.