Boulder Parks and Recreation has employed rangers to protect park land for more than 100 years. In 2002, the City of Boulder's Open Space Department merged with Mountain Parks to form the Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department and most of Boulder's park rangers joined OSMP.
The few remaining Parks and Recreation rangers retired, and Parks and Recreation didn't have a ranger program for about 10 years. Recently, there's been an effort to bring back the ranger program to Parks and Recreation to address ongoing, evolving and emerging park issues. In the summer of 2022, the department hired Lead Ranger Aaren Morrell, and three rangers to assist her.
Please welcome our new crew as they protect our parks and educate our residents and visitors on park safety, etiquette, wildlife, and conservation.