Parks - Park Department Facilities, Parks, Lake Nighthorse, POST, Cemetery

Strategic Plan Goal: Environmental Sustainability & Resilience

Customer Service Strategy:

The Parks and Recreation Department provides efficient city services, effectively maintains city assets, manages growth, is accountable, ethical, fiscally responsible, and collaborates with regional partners to improve the quality of life for our entire community. In summary, the mission for the Parks and Recreation Department is to enrich lives every day.

Core Functions:

The administration and management of activities associated with capital improvements and operations of:

  • Parks Department facilities
  • Parks
  • Lake Nighthorse
  • Open Space, Trails, Forestry
  • Cemetery
  • Animas River

Budget by Strategic Plan Goal

FY 2023 Total Budget

FY 2023 FUND

Total FTE's

Performance Results:

Natural Areas Cumulative Number of visitors The total number of people accessing and utilizing the Natural Areas.

Paved Trails Cumulative Number of Visits The total number of people accessing and utilizing the City’s paved trails system.

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Strategic Operating Actions:

3. Improve the quality and resiliency of natural resources through conservation and effective management

3.2 Protect and manage our community’s ecosystems, open space, trees, and wildlife

3.2.1 Continue community forest tree planting and stewardship by planting new trees annually and prune 5% of the existing maintained trees each year.

3.2.2 Continue to implement programs that reduce wildlife conflicts including but not limited to issues with trash containers, traffic, and pets.

3.2.3 Utilize management practices that protect wildlife habitat, migration corridors, and ecologically sensitive areas in coordination with surrounding public land management.

3.2.4 Support responsible pet waste management through enforcement, free pet waste bags, and clean-up events.

3.2.5 Continue invasive species management program and native species restoration as financially feasible.

3.2.6 Continue to implement best-practice wildfire mitigation on city open space and promote community-wide fire mitigation initiatives.

3.2.7 Complete irrigation design for Greenmount cemetery. Network new system with Maxicom program in order to improve irrigation efficiency.

3.2.8 Evaluate green burial program at Greenmount Cemetery.

2022 Strategic Results:

  • Completed new park development at Hillcrest and Pioneer Neighborhood parks
  • Completed renovation of Santa Rita Park.
  • Completed ART – North Extension, Memorial Park to Oxbow, including new pedestrian bridge.
  • Completed ART renovation – Rank Park to Demon Bridge.
  • Approved entrance and decontamination station at Lake Nighthorse.

2023 Strategic Deliverables:

  • Continue partnership with Seeds Outdoor Inspiration Lab (SOIL) toward relocation of OK Community Gardens.
  • Develop and manage outdoor pickleball court complex.
  • Collaborate with community, Council and Boards to approve master plan for Mason Center.
  • Improve user experiences with bi-lingual signage, sign icons and e-reader friendly website.
  • Added bicycle racks to multiple trailheads and parks.

Service Enhancements:

Introducing full time-shared positions in collaboration with all divisions within Parks & Recreation Department to increase capacity and efficiency.

Service Reductions:

Maintaining current servie levels


2023 Positions