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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 three main divisions:

  • Business Services;
  • Parks and Planning; and
  • Recreation.

2019 Total Budget:  $29,569,029

The 2019 budget is funded by the:

  • General Fund;
  • $0.25 Sales Tax Fund;
  • Permanent Parks and Recreation Fund;
  • Recreation Activity Fund;
  • Lottery Fund;
  • Boulder Junction Improvement Fund; and
  • Capital Improvement CCS.

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.

Guiding principles of the plan include:

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


Parks and Planning Division
Manages park operations and grounds maintenance; natural resources (horticulture, forestry operations and natural areas); capital project planning, design, and construction; and the management of park renovation projects.

  • 2019 Budget:  $8,511,695 for operations and maintenance
  • 2019 Number of Full-time Equivalent (FTE) employees:  66.75

Recreation Division
Manages and operates three recreation centers, two outdoor pools, the Boulder Reservoir, Flatirons Golf Course and offers programs in aquatics, arts, sports, therapeutic recreation, wellness and youth outreach services.

  • 2019 Budget:  $10,155,170
  • 2019 Number of FTE employees:  56.25

Business Services Division
Includes the office of the director; business and finance; strategic leadership; marketing; community outreach; volunteerism; communications; information technology; staff training and development; and liaison work to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) and City Council.

  • 2019 Budget: $2,921,041
  • 2019 Number of FTE employees: 18.50

The department also maintains an annual capital improvement program (CIP) of $7.98 million in 2019. 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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