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Open Space and Mountain Parks Department Profile

Open Space and Mountain Parks Department Profile


The mission of the Open Space and Mountain Parks Department (OSMP) is to preserve and protect the natural environment and land resources that characterize Boulder. We foster appreciation and uses that sustain the natural values of the land for current and future generations.


The Open Space and Mountain Parks Department manages permanently protected land and area that is now approximately 45,000 acres, contains approximately 150 miles of developed and maintained trails, and receives approximately 5.3 million human visits per year based on the 2004-2005 Visitation Study data. The department is divided into five divisions:

  • Director Team
  • Central Services
  • Community Connections and Partnerships
  • Resources and Stewardship
  • Trails and Facilities

2019 Total Budget: $29,640,763
2019 Number of Full-time Equivalent (FTE) Employees: 121.6


Director Team

The OSMP Directors Team ensures strategic alignment of OSMP projects with the department’s mission and priorities. This workgroup includes the Interim Director, the Interim Deputy Director, the Science Officer, the Community Relations Coordinator, and the four managers of the service areas outlined below.

2019 Total Service Area Budget: $1,635,727
2019 Service Area Number of FTE Employees: 10

Budget includes operating funds for OSMP leadership and program and project integration services.

Central Services

The Central Services workgroup provides support for the daily internal operations of the Department. This work group offers real estate, information resources and business services, including:

  • Acquisition of land interests and management of easement requests;
  • Management of data, geographic information systems and web content; and
  • Preparation, analysis and management of the OSMP budget and related financial systems

2019 Total Service Area Budget: $2,717,786
2019 Service Area Number of FTE Employees: 20.75

Budget consists primarily of operating dollars but service area staff are responsible for CIP funding to support 2019 real estate, water, and mineral rights acquisition.

Community Connections and Partnerships

The Community Connections and Partnerships workgroup engages community members around the mission and vision of OSMP. This workgroup coordinates public-facing community efforts in planning, education and outreach and Ranger services, including:

  • Coordination of the OSMP Master Plan, Trail Study Area and other system plans;
  • Volunteer projects and services, as well as the Junior Ranger Program; and
  • Visitor engagement, emergency response and law enforcement.

2019 Total Service Area Budget: $4,621,975
2019 Service Area Number of FTE Employees: 35.5

Budget includes operating funds for the programs and projects described.

Resources and Stewardship

The Resources and Stewardship workgroup enhances Boulder’s natural environment by protecting its ecological, agricultural, cultural and water assets. This workgroup contains expertise in natural resource management, ecological systems, and recreation and cultural stewardship, including:

  • Preservation and restoration of ecological, agricultural, water, historical and cultural resources;
  • Tracking and monitoring of the variety of systems across OSMP; and
  • Research on visitor use and impacts.

2019 Total Service Area Budget: $4,320,622
2019 Service Area Number of FTE Employees: 29.3

Budget includes operating funds and external grant funding to support specific projects.

Trails and Facilities

The Trails and Facilities workgroup supports the design, construction, and maintenance of OSMP’s physical assets. This service area is responsible to maintain:

  • OSMP’s trails, trailheads and other access points;
  • Office buildings and other structures across the open space system
  • The department’s equipment and vehicle assets.

2019 Total Service Area Budget: $5,502,141
2019 Service Area Number of FTE Employees: 26

The Open Space and Mountain Parks budget also includes capital dollars from the Open Space and Lottery funds, estimated to be $5,408,000 in 2019.

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