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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 four main divisions:

  • Operations
  • Planning and Ecological Services;
  • Community Building and Volunteerism; and
  • Business Services;

2020 Total Budget:   $29,634,008

The 2020 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.

Guiding principles of the plan include:

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


Operations Division
Performs the day-to-day management of our facilities and public spaces. This includes landscaping, groups maintenances for nearly 1,800 acres of urban parkland; facility operations of recreation centers, outdoor pools, reservoir, golf course; programming in aquatics, arts, sports, therapeutic recreation, wellness, camps, youth outreach and partner-delivered programming services.

  • 2020 Budget: $17,438,911
  • 2020 Number of Full-time Equivalent (FTE) employees: 102

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

  • 2020 Budget:  $2,991,389
  • 2020 Number of FTE employees:  23.50

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.

  • 2020 Budget: $2,181,746
  • 2020 Number of FTE employees: 16.25

Community Building & Volunteerism Division
Coordinates system-wide volunteer efforts and facilities private gifting towards asset enhancements and program underwriting. This work also includes the exploration of public/private partnerships to enhance visitor experiences and the sustainability of resources.

  • 2020 Budget: $581,682
  • 2020 Number of FTE employees: 3.5

The department also maintains an annual capital improvement program (CIP) of $4.898 million in 2020. 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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