An Adventure with TEDxMileHigh Speaker Mara Mintzer exploring kids’ recommendations for city planning in real time.

See how kids’ ideas have actually been incorporated into city planning in Boulder, CO. Take a tour of the Civic Area, Boulder’s newly renovated “living room,” led by a local youth who provided input to the Civic Area Redesign. Our young guide will be supported by TEDxMileHigh speaker Mara Mintzer and Boulder Parks & Planning Manager, Jeff Haley.

Hear the team’s perspectives on the process of moving from ideation to implementation, and learn about the successes and challenges of the 6-year project. Participate in several of the same innovative, experiential exercises used by Boulder’s young people during the multi-year engagement. Prepare for a fun, mindful morning of learning and wonder.

Watch her TEDx Talk below!


Boulder Public Libary — Main Library
1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302


General Admission

Tickets to this event are free. Space is limited.




Saturday, July 14, 2018


Saturday, July 14, 2018



Reach out to our Design & Adventures Director, Cate Croft at [email protected]


Mara Mintzer is a founder and the director of Growing Up Boulder, Boulder’s child and youth-friendly city initiative, based out of the University of Colorado–Boulder. She writes and speaks internationally on the topic of engaging young voices in city planning. Prior to working in Colorado, she designed and implemented programs for under-represented children, families, and neighborhoods in New York and California. She loves to travel and practice her French & Spanish language skills fearlessly.

Jeff Haley is the Planning, Design and Community Engagement Manager for Boulder Parks and Recreation and brings 16 years of experience with planning, development and community engagement of public spaces. As part of a collaborative team, Haley has facilitated the visioning, design, and implementation of Boulder’s new Civic Area Park that provides a unique urban space for many while balancing the natural corridor of Boulder Creek. The process involved five years of outreach and involvement with the community and especially children to influence the design of the natural play area and many amenities throughout the park.