Open Space & Mountain Parks

2024 Budget

2024 Budget


145.6 FTE

Department Overview:

The Open Space & Mountain Parks Department (OSMP) preserves and protects the natural environment and land resources that characterize Boulder. The department fosters appreciation and uses that to sustain the natural values of the land for current and future generations.

Department Programs:

Capital and Operating Budget (FY2022-24)

Expenditure by Program

Program Overview

Administration (Environmentally Sustainable)

Administration in Open Space and Mountain Parks consists of the Office of the Director and Central Services division. The OSMP Director’s Team ensures strategic alignment of OSMP projects with the department’s mission and priorities, including implementation of the Master Plan and focus on strategic enhancements like equity, climate resilience, and presence on the land. This workgroup includes the director, deputy directors, the Science and Climate Resilience manager, and the community relations coordinator. The Central Services division supports the daily internal operations of the department. This division offers real estate, information resources, and business services, including acquisition of land interests, addressing real-estate related matters, and management of easement requests; management of data, geographic information systems, and web content; and preparation, analysis, and management of the OSMP budget and related financial systems.

Community & Partnerships

The Community Connections & Partnerships division engages community members around the mission and vision of OSMP. This division coordinates public-facing community efforts in planning, education and outreach, and Ranger services, including development of the OSMP Master Plan; Trail Study Area and other system plans; volunteer projects and services, as well as the Junior Ranger Program; and visitor engagement, emergency response, and law enforcement.

Resources & Stewardship

The Resources & Stewardship division enhances Boulder’s natural environment by protecting its ecological, agricultural, cultural, and water assets. This workgroup contains expertise in natural resource management, ecological systems, and recreation and cultural stewardship, including preservation and restoration of ecological, agricultural, water, historical, and cultural resources; tracking and monitoring of the variety of systems across OSMP; and research around visitor use and impacts.

Trails & Facilities

The Trails & Facilities division supports the design, construction, and maintenance of OSMP’s physical assets. This workgroup is responsible for maintaining OSMP’s trails network, signs, trailheads, and other access points; office buildings and other structures across the open space system; and the department’s equipment and vehicle assets.

Department Staffing

Expenditure by Fund