Parks & Recreation

2023 Budget

$35,946,749

Department Overview:

The Parks and Recreation Department promotes the health and well-being of the entire Boulder community by collaboratively providing high-quality parks, facilities, and programs. This mission will be accomplished through sustainable practices, partnerships, continuous improvement and a focus on the common good, service excellence and with health at the core of all we do.


Department staff manage over 1,800 acres of urban parkland. They also oversee three recreation centers, five pools, the Boulder Reservoir, Flatirons Golf Course, and the Pearl Street Mall. A sampling of programming includes aquatics, art, sports, therapeutic recreation, wellness, camps and youth outreach.

Following an extensive 2 year process, BPR has a newly adopted Master Plan to guide the department’s operations for the next 5-7 years. 2023 will focus on the implementation of the key initiatives and goals identified within the Master Plan that builds upon the success of the department while incorporating strategic city-wide initiatives such as climate initiatives and equity. The FY23 budget includes one-time supplemental support to the Recreation Activity Fund, which will fund 4 positions in various programs.


Department Programs:

  • Administration (Healthy & Socially Thriving)
  • Community Building & Partnership
  • Planning & Ecological Services
  • Recreation & Park Operations


Capital and Operating Budget (FY2021-23)

Expenditure by Program

Department Overview

Administration (Healthy & Socially Thriving)

Administration for the department encompasses the department leadership and strategic direction of the department. In addition to department leadership, the Business Services team supports department wide finance, marketing, communications, information technology, staff training and development, business planning and process improvement.



Community Building & Partnership

The Community Building & Partnership team supports accessibility and equity efforts for the department. This includes: Outreach, in the form of community access to public spaces, the delivery of programming for those from underrepresented communities as well as individuals with disabilities, and coordinating system-wide volunteer efforts; Engagement in the form of promotion of department services through digital and print media; and Partnerships, in the exploration of public/private relationships that facilitate community goals.



Planning & Ecological Services

The Planning program area manages capital project planning, design and construction. This team leads asset management and park renovation projects, and community engagement related to planning efforts. The Natural Resources Team manages urban forestry and natural lands and leads the Urban Park Ranger Pilot Program.



Recreation & Park Operations

The Operations team performs the day-to-day management of facilities and public spaces. Within the program, there are three service areas which includes Park Operations, Recreation and Regional Facilities. Park operations is responsible for the operations and maintenance of nearly 1,800 acres of urban park land. Recreation focuses on the facility operations of recreation centers, outdoor pools and programming including aquatics, sports and wellness. Regional Facilities operates and programs the Boulder Reservoir, Flatirons Golf Course and Valmont City Park.

Department Staffing

Expenditure by Fund