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Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Parks and Recreation Master Plan


The 2014 Boulder Parks and Recreation Master Plan provides guidance and policy direction for the Boulder Parks and Recreation Department’s role in the community. The master plan shapes the delivery of department-provided parks and recreation services in a manner that is consistent with city sustainability goals and meets the community’s level of service standards.

The master plan is a key implementation strategy within the city’s primary planning document, the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP), and is intended to be strategic in focus to help the department respond to three important questions.

  • What do we do?
  • For whom do we do it? 
  • How do we excel?

The primary focus is on the short-term strategies that will build success over the long-term. The master plan also focuses on high-level initiatives rather than more specific and detailed actions. The specific actions will be identified and assigned in the annual Action Plan.

The master plan includes the department’s mission and vision; an analysis of the parks and recreation system’s current condition and challenges; and six key themes that emerged from research and community engagement. It also includes policies, long-range goals, initiatives and a system plan that will allow the department to serve the community’s highest priorities and be responsible stewards of public assets and dollars. The master plan is designed to be flexible, providing a high-level framework that will help the department build the systems and processes that will lead to success over time.

Master Plan was passed by City Council and Next Steps!

The master plan is the culmination of over 18 months of public outreach with community members, user groups and partners that help provide many of our community’s services.  These conversations with the community will continue as we work together to accomplish the ambitious but necessary steps to ensure the parks and recreation system continues to enhance the lives of Boulder’s community members.

Our parks and recreation system is a reflection of the community’s long held values and support for parkland, green space, fitness and wellness.  For over 100 years, the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation department has promoted the community’s access to nature, health and wellness.  The master plan continues this tradition, and is focused  around six key themes that emerged from research and continued throughout the comprehensive community planning process:

  • Community Health and Wellness
  • Financial Sustainability
  • Youth Engagement and Activity
  • Taking Care of What we Have
  • Building Community and Relationships
  • Organizational Readiness

Council Action
City Council unanimously voted to accept the updated Boulder Parks and Recreation Master Plan on Feb. 4, 2014.

With acceptance of this master plan, BPRD commits to the new mission, vision and guiding principles, as well as the initiatives contained in the fiscally constrained plan.  In the implementation of this master plan, the community will see a parks and recreation department that is modern, results driven and collaborative.  Available funding will be focused on the highest community priorities  Implementation requires incremental action planning and follow-through.  The most immediate actions and priorities are being identified in the annual action planning process.  In order to be successful, BPRD  is identifying specific tasks as well as individuals responsible for leading them as projects move forward.