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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; and
  • Trails and Facilities.
  • 2018 Total Budget: $35,340,052
  • 2018 Number of Full-time Equivalent (FTE) Employees: 125.4


Director Team

The OSMP Executive Team ensures strategic alignment of OSMP projects with the department’s mission and priorities. This workgroup includes the Executive Director, Deputy Director, Science Officer, Community Relations Officer, Project Coordinator and the Workgroup Managers of the workgroups outlined below.

  • 2018 Total Service Area Budget: $2,019,237
  • 2018 Service Area Number of FTE Employees: 10

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

Central Services

The Central Services workgroup provides support for the daily internal operations of the Department. This workgroup offers real estate, information resources, administrative, and financial services, including: acquisition of land interests and management of easement requests; data management, Geographic Information Systems, Web Site management, etc; support of the Open Space Board of Trustees (OSBT), front office, permitting and program support (such as Voice and Sight programs), and preparation and analysis of the OSMP budget and monitoring of the parking fee, cash management, and timesheet databases.

  • 2018 Total Service Area Budget: $2,986,794
  • 2018 Service Area Number of FTE Employees: 21.80

Budget consists primarily of operating dollars but division staff are responsible for CIP funding to support 2018 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 activities and messaging around: environmental planning and sustainability; education and Outreach programs, including volunteer projects and services and the Junior Ranger Program; and Ranger Services.

  • 2018 Total Service Area Budget: $4,557,990
  • 2018 Service Area Number of FTE Employees: 37.3

Budget includes operating funds as well as CIP dollars related to Voice & Sight implementation.

Resources and Stewardship

The Resource and Stewardship service area is responsible for understanding, caring for, and promoting the well-being of open space lands within a department-wide context that supports all chartered land uses and open space purposes. This service area provides expertise in: wildlife management, wetlands and riparian areas, forest management, plants and grasslands, ecological restoration, integrated pest management, agricultural use, water resources, recreation, as well as scenic and cultural resource management.

  • 2018 Total Service Area Budget: $4,438,798
  • 2018 Service Area Number of FTE Employees: 29.3

Budget includes operating funds, Lottery funds, and external grant funding to support continued flood recovery.

Trails and Facilities

The Trails and Facilities workgroup supports the design, construction, and maintenance of OSMP’s physical assets. This workgroup manages and maintains OSMP’s: trails, trailheads and access points, acquired properties, and equipment and vehicle assets. 

  • 2018 Total Service Area Budget: $4,703,173
  • 2018 Service Area Number of FTE Employees: 27

The Open Space and Mountain Parks budget also includes capital dollars from the Open Space and Lottery funds, estimated to be $9,435,300 in 2018.


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