In response, Susan Baird, Natural Resources Planner, provides this summary of plans for Mountain Parks maps.
The Master Plan currently being completed for the Denver Mountain Parks absolutely reinforces your concern and the need for maps, signage, and other marketing for the system. The partially good news is that we're working on at least a system-wide map and brochure. A design firm is donating their time to design the map but we still need to find funding for it. The next priority will be maps of each individual park.
The primary reason that Denver does not have current materials like this is lack of funding. Jefferson County, Douglas County, Boulder County, and the City of Boulder all have at least one dedicated funding source (ballot issues) for their open space and mountain park systems and can dedicate up to $200+/acre for maintenance, maps, and staffing. Denver Mountain Parks, like the other counties, had a dedicated mill levy just for them, but it was retired in 1956.
Today, Denver Mountain Parks is one district within the overall Denver Parks and Recreation system and budget and competes with city parks for its operating funds. And those funds have decreased over the past six years for all of the parks. Denver Mountain Parks have approximately $70/acre in operating funds. Our team is hoping to increase city, private, and partnership funds for the Denver Mountain Parks so that we can have good maps, rangers, and quality facilities.
Thank you for your concern.