The Parks and Recreation Department promotes the health and well-being of the entire Boulder community by collaboratively providing high-quality parks, facilities, and programs. This mission will be accomplished through sustainable practices, partnerships, continuous improvement and a focus on the common good, service excellence and with health at the core of all we do.


The department is comprised of four main divisions:

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

2022 Total Budget: $28,289,668

The 2022 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
The Operations team performs the day-to-day management of facilities and public spaces. This includes maintenance for nearly 1,800 acres of urban parkland, facility operations of recreation centers, outdoor pools, reservoir, and golf course, and programming in aquatics, arts, sports, therapeutic recreation, wellness, camps, and youth outreach.

  • 2022 Budget: $16,147,718
  • 2022 Number of Full-time Equivalent (FTE) employees: 86.75

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

  • 2022 Budget: $3,297,824
  • 2022 Number of FTE employees: 24

Administration and Business Services Division
The Business Services team functions include finance, marketing, communications, information technology, staff training and development, business planning and process improvement.

  • 2022 Budget: $1,816,779
  • 2022 Number of FTE employees: 13.5

Community Building & Partnership Division
The Community Building & Partnership team 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 systemwide 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.

  • 2022 Budget: $1,430,167
  • 2022 Number of FTE employees: 9.75

The department also maintains an annual capital improvement program (CIP) of $5.5 million in 2022. 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.

Advisory Boards, Commissions, and Working Groups