Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

Board Member Term Ends
Craig Middleton (Chair) April 2025
Catherine Hansen-Stamp April 2027
Pete Erslev April 2025
Sandy Hazzard April 2027
Michele Minihane April 2027
Kermit Shields April 2025
Laurel Starr April 2027

Special Interests

Do you have an innovation, program, or idea that you would like to bring to the Board for review? The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has created a tool to help represent ideas so they can be heard by both the Board and public in formal meetings.

Please see our Special Interest Requests information page, and contact our department if you have further questions.

Mission Statement

“To advise Golden City Council and staff on how to best provide safe and comprehensive parks and recreation facilities, programs, and services on behalf of all current and future residents of the City of Golden.”

In order to increase community involvement, a Parks, Recreation, & Museums Advisory Board was created in 1982. Board members are appointed by City Council and represent Golden citizens. The Parks, Recreation & Museums Advisory Board split in 2023 to best serve the needs of the Parks and Recreation Department and Museum needs.

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, consisting of seven members and one alternate which serve four-year terms, makes suggestions about policies and procedures, fees and charges, acceptance of park land, design of parks, and other projects relating to the Parks and Recreation Department.

Board Advisory Duties

  • The operation of all Divisions of the Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Grant application efforts for specifically designated projects.
  • Establishing department policy relating to fee structures and facilities usage and design. The Board shall provide a forum for citizen input regarding Parks and Recreation.

The Board shall prepare a prioritized comprehensive Capital Improvement Plan that focuses on a 1 to 5 year program. The Board shall revise this program and priorities as required each fiscal year to reflect current citizen priorities and needs.

The Board shall coordinate the long range plans of the City of Golden and the larger Metropolitan area with the Capital Improvements Plan and Parks Master Plan to include:

  • Trails shall be coordinated with the Colorado State Trail System and the Jefferson County Trail System.
  • The Board shall review and provide advice to the Planning Commission for PUD applications.
  • The Board shall periodically update Parks Master Plan as needed.

Capital Improvement Projects Priorities

In order to provide guidance to City Council in determining which parks and recreation projects can provide the biggest benefit, the Parks, Recreation & Museums Advisory Board has performed a complete review of the Clear Creek and Parks and Recreation Master Plans, wish list items and existing infrastructure maintenance requirements. Taken individually, it is difficult to assess which items are most impactful and to prioritize accordingly.  Therefore, the Board has grouped projects into common areas throughout the system allowing for complementary projects to be grouped and ranked, maximizing impact for users, providing opportunities for marketing to the community and potential fundraising.


The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meets on the first and third Thursday evening of each month. The third Thursday is the regular meeting date. These meetings take place in City Hall Council Chambers, 911 10th Street, at 6 p.m. Study sessions may be scheduled as needed, on the first Thursday of the month.

To view agendas of upcoming meetings or view minutes or stream audio of meetings, visit our Agenda, Minutes, Web Casts, Schedule page.

To view archived agendas and minutes from meetings prior to July 2015, please visit our Document Center.

For more information regarding scheduling for the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, please call (303) 384-8191.

COG Mesa

 Golden has 402 acres of open space
and maintains 253 acres of parks right within the city itself.

Additional Resources

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