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City of Fort Collins Recreation

The Recreation Department is your community resource for staying active and connected in the Fort Collins community. We offer programs and activities for all ages and abilities.

Summer Registration

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Registration begins at 7 a.m. on May 4.

You can register for programs three ways:

  • Online at fcgov.com/recreator,
  •  At Recreation Centers (Northside Aztlan Community Center, Fort Collins Senior Center, EPIC, and Foothills Activity Center)
  •  or by Phone at 970.221.6655

Early Registration for Senior Center Members is May 2.

Welcome Home - A Salute to Our Vietnam Veterans

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This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. As an official Commemorative Partner in the Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program, Parks & Recreation and the Veterans Plaza extend our gratitude to those who have served and their families. 

Welcome Home: A Salute to Our Vietnam War Veterans, will be held May 24-29 with the official ceremony on Sunday, May 28. All events will be held at The Veterans Plaza located in the Spring Canyon Community Park, Fort Collins, Colorado. The event celebrates the service and accomplishments of Vietnam War era veterans, both living and deceased, and honors their sacrifices given for our country, its citizens, and each other.

The official Vietnam veteran lapel pin, provided by the United States Department of Defense, will be made available to authorized Vietnam War Era veterans daily, May 25-28 at The Veterans Plaza information booth at 10 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.  The Vietnam Era is defined as the period from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. Any veteran who served honorably on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during that period, regardless of location, or widow/widower of a Vietnam veteran is eligible to receive one pin. Those who wish to receive a pin are strongly encouraged to bring a copy of their discharge paper (DD214) or other proof of military service. 

For more information about Welcome Home, including how to volunteer for the reading of the names, or write a letter of gratitude, visit veteransplazanoco.org/events or contact Diggs Brown, Veterans Plaza, at Y3B0ZGlnZ3NAaG90bWFpbC5jb20= or 970.980.1080.

Volunteer
We need you! If you are interested and available to donate your time, talents, treasures, hearts, and hands to help with the Welcome Home event, we would greatly appreciate your service. Contact Lori Whitson to volunteer to read names, 970.980.2615. 

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, May 24
3 p.m. - Wall arrives in Fort Collins with an escort of State Troopers, Police, Sheriff's Department, assorted motorcycle associations which will meet up at I-25 and the Berthoud exit. For more information, contact Brad Jansen, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, Zm94dHJvdF9jaGFybGllQHlhaG9vLmNvbQ==.

Thursday, May 25
7 a.m. - Reading of the names begins and lasts until 10 p.m.
7 p.m. - Prayer, Honor/Color Guard, 21 gun salute, piper, Taps

Friday, May 26
7 a.m. - Reading of the names begins and lasts until 10 p.m.
7 p.m. - Prayer, Honor/Color Guard, 21 gun salute, piper, Taps

Saturday, May 27
7 a.m. - Reading of the names begins and lasts until 10 p.m.
Noon - 6 p.m. Bob Hope USO Show, Entertainment, Food trucks and beer garden.
7 p.m. - Prayer, Honor/Color Guard, 21 gun salute, piper, Taps
All Day - Reenactors, Vietnam museum, and Hueygunship display.

Sunday, May 28
7 a.m. - Reading ot the names begins and lasts until 10 p.m. (there will be a break from Noon-1 p.m.)
9 a.m.-4 p.m. - Visit Veteran benefiting vendors, reenactors, Vietnam museum, Hueygunship display.
Noon-1 p.m. - Ceremony, soils added to Victory Garden, speakers, and Hueyflyover.
7 p.m. - Prayer, Honor/Color Guard, 21 gun salute, piper, Taps

Monday, May 29
7 a.m. - Reading of the names begins and lasts until 3 p.m.
3 p.m. - Prayer, Honor/Color Guard, 21 gun salute, piper, Taps, and deconstruction of wall by volunteers.

Reduced Fee Program Survey

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The City of Fort Collins Recreation Department's Reduced Fee Program provides thousands of people per year access to recreation programs, activities, and facilities. Qualifying families or individuals receive a reduced rate on certain programs and passes.


Recreation is currently proposing changes to broaden opportunities and increase access for reduced fee participants. Our goal is to create a program that allows qualifying participants to receive equal access to register and enjoy recreational opportunities.


If you are or have been a participant of the reduced fee program, we would value your feedback on the proposed changes to the program. Please take the brief survey and share your opinion with us before June 16.

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Now Accepting Entries for the 4th of July Parade

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The City of Fort Collins Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting entries for the 2017 4th of July Parade presented by Blue Ocean Foundation. The 2017 4th of July parade will include the 101st Army Band from Buckley Air Force Base.  Enter today!

2016 Annual Review (PDF)

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We are pleased to present to you the City of Fort Collins Recreation Department’s Annual Review for 2016. This report will provide you with a look at the Department’s community impact and performance in 2016. We believe it is important to share our story with the community. Recreation appreciates all the support we have received in 2016 and we look forward to serving you in 2017.

2016 Recreation Department Annual Review

Recreation Department's 2015-2017 Operational Plan

The City of Fort Collins Recreation Department chose to initiate its very first operational planning process in January 2014 with the intention of ensuring organizational improvement and effectiveness.

View the Operational Plan and the Final Report.

Our Operational Plan will guide Recreation's progress through 2017. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact Recreation Director, Bob Adams at 970.221.6354 or YmFkYW1zQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==.