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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.

2016 Recreator of the Year: Zoe Bartel

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The City of Fort Collins Recreation Department has awarded its 2016 Recreator of the Year honor to local competitive swimmer and Fossil Ridge High School Junior, Zoe Bartel.

Zoe Bartel is a 16 year old junior at Fossil Ridge High School. She excels in academics, is an avid Recreator, and a very successful competitive swimmer. You may have heard of Zoe this summer as she competed in the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. Zoe finished 13th out of 123 swimmers in the 200-meter breaststroke. Zoe was the youngest competitor in the semifinals. This August, Zoe competed in the 2016 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Maui, Hawaii. Zoe broke the 2012 Pan Pacific Championship 200-meter breaststroke record with Championship record time of 2:25.46.

Read more about Zoe here: 2016 Recreator of the Year: Zoe Bartel

Fall Registration is Open

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Registration for fall Recreator programs is now open. 

-Register online at
-In person at Foothills Activity Center, EPIC, Northside Aztlan Community Center, or Senior Center
-By phone at 970.221.6655

Check the Recreator out online now.



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Friday, Oct. 28 (6-7:30 p.m.)
Saturday, Oct. 29 (6-8 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct. 30 (1-3 p.m.) & (5-6:30 p.m.)
Age: 0-10 years
Location: The Farm
Fee: $5/Adults Free

Take a stroll through this unique Halloween event at The Farm. Trick-or-treating, hayrides, and treats for all. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets can be purchased at The Farm, EPIC, Northside Aztlan Community Center, and at the Foothills Activity Center.

Hogwarts Halloween

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Date: Saturday, Oct. 29 (6-9 p.m.)
Grade: Kindergarten-8
Location: Northside Aztlan Center

Witches and Wizards, join us for a night of Harry Potter-like fun. Play Quidditch, drink some Butter Beer, try your skill at creating potions and charms, make your own wand, and walk through the haunted hallways. Don't forget to wear your wizard robes. Note: Only adults accompanying children may attend

Wizards and Witches register here.

Bow Wowvania

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Date: Saturday, Oct. 29 (Noon-1 p.m.)
Location: The Farm at Lee Martinez Park

Bring your costumed canine friends to The Farm for this special Halloween event. Dogs trick-or-treat, take advantage of photo opportunities, and leave with a treat bag just for them.

All dogs must be on a leash. Tickets are $5 per dog, humans are free.

Buy your tickets at The Farm or Northside Aztlan Community Center.

Dia de los Muertos

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Date: Saturday, Nov. 5 (1-4 p.m.)
Location: Northside Aztlan Center
Cost: No Fee

Experience the celebration of the dead and honor your friends and family that have passed. Explore beautiful Day of the Dead displays, food, crafts, and music. If you would like to set-up an alter, contact 970.221.6723

Register online here.

Veterans Day Breakfast

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Date: Friday, Nov. 11 (7-10 a.m.)
Location: Fort Collins Senior Center
Age: All ages welcome; open to the public
Cost: No Fee

The Fort Collins Golden K Kiwanis Club and the Fort Collins Senior Center invite the community to share a morning of food, song, and patriotism. Celebrate those who have honorably served our country. Note: Posting of Colors is at 8 a.m. with music to follow.

Toys for Kids: Donate Now! (PDF)

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Dec. 9: Ages 3-5 (Parents Must attend), 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Dec. 10: Ages 5-12 (Children are dropped off for movie), 8-10a.m.
Northside Aztlan Community Center (Dec. 9)
Cinema Saver 6 (Dec. 10)

Bring merriment to a child this holiday season. The City of Fort Collins is accepting gifts of unwrapped toys (value $15) for ages 3-8 years from now until December 4. Toys will be distributed to children in need this holiday season.

Registration begins October 31. Registration can ONLY be done in person at the Northside Aztlan Community Center. Note: Child must participate in the entirety of the event to be eligible to recieve a gift.

2015 Annual Review (PDF)

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This report will provide you with a look at the Recreation Department’s achievements and community impact. We believe it is important to share our story with the community and to look back at what we have accomplished in 2015. While we look back at last year it is also important for us to focus on the future of Recreation Services for Fort Collins. We look forward to providing you with high quality recreational opportunities in 2016 and beyond.

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==.