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Parks and Recreation Department Profile


Boulder Parks and Recreation promotes the health and well-being of the entire Boulder community by collaboratively providing high-quality parks, facilities and programs.


The department is comprised of four main divisions:

  • Operations
  • Planning and Ecological Services;
  • Community Building and Partnerships; and
  • Business Services;

2021 Total Budget:   $29,474,806

The 2021 budget is funded by the:

  • General Fund;
  • $0.25 Sales Tax Fund;
  • Permanent Parks and Recreation Fund;
  • Recreation Activity Fund;
  • Lottery Fund;

In 2013, the department updated the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation 2006 Master Plan. The 2014 Master Plan, was adopted by City Council on Feb. 4, 2014, will guide department investments and strategies over the next five years. In 2020, Parks and Recreation has begun the process to update the Master Plan. The  Master Plan Update    will identify new and evolving areas of focus and provide recommendations for strategic ways to address gaps in service within the existing framework of the 2014 Master Plan. The Master Plan Update will seek to incorporate strategic direction from city-wide initiatives such as the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan and other department Master Plans, such as climate initiatives and equity, among others.

Guiding principles of the plan include:

  • Sustainable practices;
  • Partnerships;
  • Health as our fundamental purpose;
  • The common good;
  • Service excellence; and
  • Continuous improvement.


Operations Division
Performs the day-to-day management of our facilities and public spaces. This includes landscaping, groups maintenances for nearly 1,800 acres of urban parkland; facility operations of recreation centers, outdoor pools, reservoir, and golf course; programming in aquatics, arts, sports, therapeutic recreation, wellness, camps, and youth outreach.

  • 2021 Budget: $14,216,839
  • 2021 Number of Full-time Equivalent (FTE) employees: 80.5

Planning and Ecological Services Division
Manages capital project planning, design and construction; forestry and natural lands; asset management and park renovation projects; and community engagement related to planning efforts. 

  • 2021 Budget: $2,813,713
  • 2021 Number of FTE employees: 23

Business Services Division
Functions include finance, marketing, communications, information technology, staff training and development, business planning and process improvement. 

  • 2021 Budget: $1,709,763
  • 2021 Number of FTE employees: 13.5

Community Building & Partnership Division
Supports accessibility and equity efforts for the department. This includes: Outreach, in the form of community access to public spaces, the delivery of programming for those from underrepresented communities as well as individuals with disabilities, and coordinating system-wide volunteer efforts, engagement in the form of promotion of department services through digital and print media, and partnerships, in the exploration of public/private relationships that facilitate community goals. 

  • 2021 Budget: $1,152,475
  • 2021 Number of FTE employees: 8.75

The department also maintains an annual capital improvement program (CIP) of $8.54 million in 2021. The department prioritizes CIP projects based on meeting essential safety and compliance considerations, maintaining existing facilities, improving efficiencies, and complying with specific federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations.

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