Human Dimensions Supervisor with City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks
Deonne VanderWoude is the Human Dimensions Supervisor for the City of Boulder’s (Colorado) Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department, where she has worked for 17 years to integrate monitoring human systems with data-informed recreation management. OSMP is an urban proximate open space with close to 160 designated trail miles and annual visitation now exceeding 6 million visits. One-third of these trails are open to cyclists, and OSMP cyclically monitors many aspects of multi-use trail provision, including visitation levels, activity distributions, trail conditions, visitor experiences, and visitor conflicts. We strive to provide the best possible recreation experiences, while using collected data to create a shared understanding of visitation on the system, and to inform planning and design, visitor use management strategies, and daily operations. Deonne has degrees in Environmental Anthropology and Environmental Studies and enjoys the application of these fields to real-world situations, including data centric visitor use management.