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In this issue of City News, you’ll find out how to connect with nature this winter, how to keep your home safe and healthy and how to get the new Fort Collins Connexion TV service. Thanks for reading.

- Darin Atteberry, City Manager

State of the City is Feb. 1

Save the date for the 2021 State of the City: 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1. Mayor Wade Troxell and City Manager Darin Atteberry will reflect on the accomplishments and unique challenges of 2020, and look ahead to the future of Fort Collins. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s State of the City will be presented online only.

Have a question or topic you’d like the Mayor and City Manager to address during the event? Submit your ideas at or reach out on social media.

Tree Recycling

Ready to take down your tree? Recycle it!

Live trees can be recycled at several local drop off locations for a small fee. Before dropping off your tree, be sure to remove all items, including: lights, wire, hooks, ornaments, tinsel, and fake snow.

Trees can be recycled at the following spots, contact specific location for details:

Artificial trees in reusable condition can be recycled a local thrift stores.

To learn more about how to recycle your holiday waste check out our holiday recycling guide.

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Upcoming Closures: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all City offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 18. Essential services such as fire, police and utilities will continue as usual.

Museum of Discovery will also be closed.

Recreation facilities, Gardens on Spring Creek and all libraries will remain open. Transfort will be offering regular COVID-level service, but all Transfort offices will be closed.

All City offices and facilities will resume regular hours on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.

All holiday hours are subject to change and will be dependent on current COVID-19 restrictions and safety guidelines. Visit just before the holidays for the most up-to-date information.

Natural Areas Dept. Offers Free and Safe Activities

Start your year off with a return to nature! Natural Areas provide a respite from urban life and can help you recharge and reconnect with our local landscape, wildlife and environment. The Natural Areas Department is excited to offer a variety of free and safe activities this winter:

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Share Your Thoughts on Plastics Policy

City Council has identified reducing plastic pollution in the community as a priority and is seeking community input for developing a plastics reduction ordinance prior to an April ballot vote. Prioritizing plastic pollution, specifically single-use plastic pollution, will help protect the health of the Cache la Poudre River and make progress on our community’s zero waste and climate action goals.  

Not all plastic can be or is recycled and its lightweight nature means that on windy days it can be carried out of trash and recycling bins and into the environment, including our rivers. Single-use plastics, such as plastic bags, are widely used and easily break down into pieces too small to remove from the environment. The ordinance Council is considering would ban plastic bags and put a fee on paper bags at larger grocers beginning in 2022. This policy is a first step in a comprehensive approach to tackling the issue. Community feedback on this proposal will help Council finalize the details of the ordinance and related ballot measure.

Share Your Thoughts

Fort Collins Connexion Now Offers Connexion TV!

Connexion TV provides an innovative streaming experience that works with your favorite app-based devices including Apple and Android devices, Amazon Fire TV & Fire Stick, and more! View supported devices.

Watch your favorite shows, movies and sports on your favorite devices or, if you prefer a more traditional cable-viewing experience, a set top box for only $9.95/month. 

Connexion TV also has premium channels like HBO Max®, Showtime®, Starz®, Cinemax®, The Movie Channel™ and StarzEncore®, along with Sports and Spanish Language add-ons. 

When you sign up for Connexion TV, you also get access to Connexion TV Everywhere—a free service that allows you to watch even more programming on any device, anytime. All you need is an Internet connection on your smartphone, tablet or laptop to stream your favorite channels and programming.

TV packages start at $29.95/month with no contracts! To learn more, view packages and pricing along with our channel lineup, visit

January is Radon Action Month

Now, more than ever, it’s important to make sure our homes are safe and healthy.

January is National Radon Action Month, which makes it the perfect time to test your home for radon. Over time, exposure to elevated levels of radon has been linked to radon-induced lung cancer, and about half of all homes tested in Fort Collins have higher than the EPA recommended levels.

Starting January 1, receive a free kit at the Senior Center until supplies last. You can also request a free radon kit and learn about other ways to improve your air quality at

Radon Testing & Mitigation Options

Winter Rates and Hours at The Gardens
Explore the Gardens on Spring Creek for half price this winter! Enjoy 12 acres of botanic beauty – including the largest public display cold hardy cactus – then warm up in the Butterfly House. Winter rates and hours run now through February 28.
Learn More & Reserve Your Tickets!

Help First Responders Help You

First responders spend hours, even years, preparing for emergencies, but there are things they just can’t know until they arrive at your home. For example, does a member of your family sleep in the basement or use a wheelchair? Does someone in the home have visual or hearing impairments? Do you have a pet that always hides in the back bedroom when there is a loud noise? Poudre Fire Authority’s Community Connect program ensures that responders have helpful details like these before they get to your home.  

Community Connect lets you create an account for your home and tell us what matters most.

How Does it Work? 

  1. Create a free account. 
  2. Enter the information that matter most. 
  3. First responders are allowed access to the information only if they are dispatched to your address.  

What to Share  

Think about what a firefighter would need to know if they responded to an emergency at your home. Helpful information includes: 

  1. Your family’s emergency meeting place. 
  2. Contact information if no one is home during the emergency. 
  3. Structural details of the home (e.g., unfinished basement, pool, attached garage, etc.). 
  4. Languages spoken in the household. 
  5. Where to turn off the water and electricity.  
Learn More & Get Started

Art in Public Places Celebrates 60 New Art Projects in 2020!
2020 was a banner year for our Art in Public Places Program (APP):
  • APP completed more than 50 murals throughout Fort Collins. APP hired local artists to create murals on transformer cabinets, pianos, concrete barriers, and walls that inspire the community and kept us connected.
  • Andy Dufford and Chevo Studios installed In Praise of the Poudre at the northwest corner of Willow and Linden Streets as part of the Willow Streetscape Project. Four hand-carved granite columns feature carvings of the plants, animals, insects, and landforms found around, within, and below the Cache la Poudre River. Each column has an illuminated surface that evokes reflections on the surface of water.
  • Joe McGrane added five complementary concrete and mosaic benches to his Butterfly Bouquet decorative sculpture located at the Butterfly Pavilion at the Gardens on Spring Creek. The bench mosaics depict native wildflowers and are placed inside the Gardens, near the visitors’ center.
  • Thanks to support of the Poudre Heritage Alliance, Downtown Development Authority and other community donors, John Davis installed the Heritage Gateway sculpture along the Poudre Trail in the Poudre River Whitewater Park. It teaches visitors about the history and importance of the Cache la Poudre River, and its impacts on agriculture, industry and recreation in Fort Collins.
Learn More

Help Keep Fort Collins Safe & Keep NoCo Open

COVID-19 continues to impact Larimer County, and we need to stay vigilant to Keep NoCo Open. We can all help stop the spread of COVID-19 if we work together and we don't give up! What are everyday actions you take to help?

  • Avoid get-togethers with anyone outside of your immediate household.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when outside your home and near others.
  • Stay physically distant when you’re around others (at least 6 feet apart).
  • Support our local businesses (save time and shop locally by ordering online or picking up curbside). 
  • Wash your hands frequently!
  • Stay home if you’re not feeling well or have been exposed.
  • Keep caring for each other! (This situation is hard, but kindness is free).

Let's continue to work together, take care of each other and Keep NoCo Open!

And don't forget to check out for stories, tools, resources, and ideas for both business and community members to help our businesses reopen strongly and safely.

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