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May / June 2014
July 4th Celebration
Water Conservation
Trail Notification System
Other Areas Maintained by Parks

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City of Fort Collins
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phone 970-221-6660
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location 413 S. Bryan Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80521
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July 4th Celebration - We Care About Community Spirit
The 2014 Fourth of July celebration is Co-sponsored by the City of Fort Collins, Blue Ocean Enterprises and the Richardson Foundation. Highlights for the 4th of July celebration at City Park include:

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  • 7:30am - FireKracker 5K
  • 8:00am - Shotgun Start - Golf Tournament at City Park Nine
  • 9:30am - 33rd Annual Old Timers Game - City Park Ballfield
  • 10:00am- Parade on Mountain Avenue (starts at City Park ends at Avery House)
  • 10:00am - City Park Pool Opens (available until 5:30pm) Admission is only $3.00, all ages
  • 10:00am-2:00pm - Old-Fashioned Fourth of July at the Avery House
  • 4:15pm-9:30pm - Live Music
  • 9:35pm - Fireworks (barring any weather related delay)

Come to City Park and enjoy a relaxing day with your family. Start early, and watch or participate in the FireKracker 5K then catch a fun ball game or find a shady spot on Mountain Avenue and watch the parade that will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the military fort moving from LaPorte to Fort Collins. Later on cool off at the pool, only $3.00 for any age - all day, check out the old-fashioned event at the Avery House and have a picnic in the park with your friends and family - kick back, relax and dance to live music until the fireworks show around 9:35pm.

If there is a weather delay the latest they will start the shoot will be 10:00pm; after that, fireworks will be postponed to the following evening, July 5 at 9:35pm. Staff will work to notify the public through various means of communication prior to a delay up to a postponement.

Water - We Care about Water Conservation Back to Top
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Parks works diligently to continually improve how we water parkland through best management practices. We have developed five important quality improvement teams that focus on education and training; analysis of water use, water auditing, irrigation maintenance & efficiencies, research, and turf management practices. The goal for the department is to water our 800 acres of parkland at 90% of ET. Evapotranspiration (ET) is the amount of water a plant (such as grass) uses that needs to be replaced by irrigation. By combining the efforts of these teams, our parks are irrigated at an average of 85% ET. We are conserving water and our parks still look great!

Trails - New Notification System - We Care about Keeping You Informed Back to Top
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Parks maintains 32 miles of trails; which includes the Poudre River Trail, Spring Creek Trail, Fossil Creek Trail, Power Trail, Hickory Trail, Rendezvous Trail, and various spurs. The Mason Trail is maintained by the Street Department.

There are times when sections of trail need to be closed for maintenance repairs, major projects, weather related issues like flooding and other various reasons. Closures are in place to keep you safe and detours are designed to keep you moving.

In an effort to keep you informed on any closures of trails, even emergency closures, we have created an email notification process. You can sign up to receive an email notification within 15 minutes of any update made to the trail status/closure web page. Notification can be for one or two particular trail(s) you use or you can be notified for any trail updates.

As always it is important to obey any closures and detours as they are in place for your safety.

Back to Top Other Areas Maintained by Parks (Streetscapes/Facilities/Downtown) - We Care for More than Parks
You probably know that Parks maintains the Parks and Trails throughout the City, but did you know that Parks also maintains the streetscapes, the downtown core and City facilities?
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There are over 68 acres of streetscapes, which includes medians, parkways and gateways. The Parks Division, along with contracted vendors, keeps the streetscapes mowed, weeded and watered. In addition, the City's new median standards and highly detailed plantings require horticulture expertise to properly maintain the esthetically pleasing gardens in the harsh condition that surround the medians. The medians have to be effectively and efficiently planned with xeriscape and water-wise landscape principles to assure a successful and mindful presentation.
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In addition, Parks maintains City facilities: City Hall, Police Services, Transit Center Downtown, Avery House, EPIC, Senior Center, Mulberry Pool, Lincoln Center, Museum of Discovery, Library, Northside Aztlan Center and Archery Range just to name a few. Maintenance includes botanical care as well as picking up and removing trash, removing graffiti and repairing items that are vandalized. Parks crews also provide support for large events such as New West Fest, The Taste of Fort Collins, Tour De Fat and several others that are featured in the Downtown event area.
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Another key area that Parks maintains is the downtown core including Old Town Square, the renovated alleys, Oak Street Plaza Park and all the flowers around downtown. If you travel through the downtown in the early morning hours you'll see the Parks crew hard at work cleaning sidewalks, picking up trash, emptying trash receptacles, power-washing alleys, removing graffiti, repairing broken/vandalized items, and tending to the various plantings all to keep the downtown vibrant and beautiful for citizens and visitors to enjoy when they come downtown to shop or if they're just driving through.

So, the next time you drive past a median, stop in at a City facility or head downtown for dinner or to hang out with your kids at Oak Street Plaza Park to watch the water dance, and think to yourself, "wow, this looks nice"; you'll know the reason is because of the dedicated Parks staff that takes pride in their mission of "Excellent Care for Parks and Public Spaces for the Community".