In this issue of City News, you’ll find out how City operations are transitioning back to normal, how to play it safe on the Poudre River and how to celebrate LBGTQ history in Fort Collins. Thanks for reading.

- Darin Atteberry, City Manager

COVID-19 Updates

In May, Larimer County Department of Health & Environment ended local public health orders related to COVID-19 and has aligned with statewide health orders.

Beginning June 7, the majority of City buildings that have remained closed to the public will reopen for regular hours of operation.

Face coverings or masks are no longer required for those who have been vaccinated. Those who are not yet fully vaccinated are encouraged to continue to wear face coverings, and masks are still required in some settings like in businesses that require them and while using Transfort.

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Bike to Work (or Wherever) Day is June 23!

Fort Collins' favorite unofficial holiday is back! Join us on Wednesday, June 23, from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for bikes and breakfast.

Remember, you don’t have to be biking to work to participate. Whether you’re working remotely or have a different schedule, ditch the car in favor of a bicycle to join in on the fun!

A list of free breakfast stations around Fort Collins will be available online before the event. We also have resources for how to participate and how your organization can get involved – even if you’re not a station host.

Learn More!

Celebrate Pride History in Fort Collins

June brings Pride Month in Fort Collins as we celebrate our LGBTQIA+ neighbors and coworkers. Fort Collins has always had LBGTQ community members, but the history of the fight for legal equality and social acceptance is rarely told. It is a story of struggle and resilience in the face of discrimination and violence, as LGBTQ community members carved out spaces to be safe and welcome as they lived and loved in Fort Collins. As part of Pride Month, the City’s Historic Preservation Services Division has launched a new webpage and walking/biking tour highlighting important places associated with the history of our LGBTQ community. Check it out at www.fcgov.com/historicpreservation/pride.

Fourth of July Festivities Announced!

The City of Fort Collins is excited to announce the 2021 schedule of events to celebrate the Fourth of July! Partners across the City and Northern Colorado have collaborated to bring you the following activities:

  • Hot Air Balloon Launch: Grab your breakfast and head outside to catch a glimpse of several hot air balloons floating above Fort Collins.
  • Stars & Stripes Golf Tournament: Held at City Park Nine, registration is open through July 2 for two-player teams. Contact City Park Nine Pro Shop for more details.
  • Driving Motorcade Parade: Tip your hats to many of the important services that keep our community running with a driving Motorcade Parade!
  • Drive-In Fireworks Show: The City of Fort Collins has partnered again this year with the City of Loveland and Larimer County to host a drive-in fireworks show. Entry to the fireworks viewing at The Ranch is free and gates at the south entrance will open for vehicle entry at 6 p.m. Visit lovegov.org/july4th for full details. 

Follow along on social media using the hashtag #FoCo4th for updates, activities, and photos. For more information regarding Fourth of July activities, visit fcgov.com/july4th.

Help Shape the City's Budget

What are your top priorities for the community? How do you think the City should invest its resources next year?

The City of Fort Collins is beginning to develop the 2022 budget, and there will be opportunities throughout the summer and fall for you to influence that process.

There are a variety of ways you can weigh in on your priorities for the community, as well as specific funding proposals. Even if you only have a few minutes, your input matters.

  • Visit fcgov.com/2022budget to learn more, make funding suggestions, or take a short survey to help the City prioritize which goals and objectives to fund.
  • Review the proposed budget offers (funding requests).
  • Download the Budget Engagement Toolkit to host a conversation with your friends, neighbors or community group about which services or community priorities matter most to you.

Generally, the City creates a biennial budget every two years using the Budgeting for Outcomes (BFO) process. BFO focuses on outcomes and results, rather than organizational structure, and puts the community’s values and priorities first.

Due to the economic uncertainty related to COVID-19, the City created a one-year budget for 2021 and will do the same for 2022, before returning to the regular two-year cadence.

Hughes Stadium Site Free Mulch Day

Your stormed-damaged trees have been recycled into mulch! Approximately 19,500 yards of private tree branches and debris, from the March snow storm, were dropped off at the Hughes Stadium Site. These branches and debris were ground to produce about 10,000 cubic yards of mulch – free to Fort Collins residents on June 5.

Mulch Day Event Details

  • June 5
  • 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • CSU’s Old Hughes Stadium Site (2400 Block of S Overland Rd., Access on Dixon Canyon Rd.)

The mulch will be loaded by Forestry personnel into open-top pickup trucks or trailers using a front end loader. A few things to remember prior to and during the event:

  • Remain in your vehicle at all times.
  • If you must exit your vehicle for any reason, including to cover your truck bed or trailer with a tarp after mulch has been loaded, observe the minimum recommended physical distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times.
  • You must bring a tarp to cover and secure mulch to prevent scattering during transportation.
  • Hand shoveling is prohibited.
  • Not available to commercial businesses.

Visit fcgov.com/forestry for additional details and updates.

Neighborhood Mini-Grants Available for Sustainability Projects

The City of Fort Collins Neighborhood Services Department is offering mini-grants that individuals and neighborhood groups can use for projects that focus on the topic of sustainability.

Grant awards can be from $150 to $1,000 and can be put toward a variety of activities that promote this topic. For example, your neighborhood could conduct an event for hard to recycle items or a weatherization workshop – anything to promote sustainability!

The deadline for grand applications is July 1, and award notifications will go out on July 14. Projects must take place between Aug. 1 and Nov. 30. To learn about other fun ideas for your neighborhood, see frequently asked questions, and to apply, visit fcgov.com/neighborhoodservices/grants

The Pianos About Town Season Has Started!

May 26 marked the beginning of the eleventh season of Pianos About Town. The project is a collaboration among the Bohemian Foundation, Downtown Development Authority and the City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places.

Look for a new artist painting every two weeks in the Art in Action Tent, located on Mountain Avenue at the south end of Old Town Square. Ten artists will paint murals on pianos Downtown mid-May through early October, and two artists will paint in inside locations over the winter.

After they are painted, the working pianos are placed around town for the community to discover and play, adding color and spontaneous musical happenings to Fort Collins. So far, 133 pianos have been painted as part of the program, with another twelve to be painted this year.

Shown above: Zulay Rueda painting in 2020.

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Lincoln Center Brings Dance Ensemble to Gardens

On June 17, The Lincoln Center brings the power, passion and beauty of the world-renowned Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble to the The Gardens on Spring Creek. Take a stroll through a gorgeous garden setting and enjoy this unique, immersive dance experience that is freed from the limits of the stage.

Tickets at LCTix.com

Play It Safe on the Poudre

Recently, Poudre Fire Authority (PFA) rescued six people from the Poudre River and directed two more to exit the water, likely preventing another rescue - in less than 24 hours.

Right now, the river is flowing high, fast and cold. While the river is never completely safe, this is an especially risky time to float. Precautions are needed on still water, too, especially with Colorado weather. Each year, PFA responds to calls in which people are separated from flotation devices and are at risk in rough water due to a quick change from calm weather to high winds.

Water Recreation Safety Tips

Always wear a life vest. It can truly save your life. Each person rescued in the 24-hour period mentioned above was wearing a life vest, two with only their head and shoulders above water. Without life vests, these incidents could have had a different outcome.

Scout your route. The river can change suddenly. Look to local resources to plan your put-in and take-out points and for timely updates. Certain areas of the river include low-head dams, which are incredibly dangerous. Hazards, such as debris, can move and change in size quickly.

Float sober. The unpredictability and variety of river obstacles and water require your full, unimpaired attention.  

Learn more about How to Play it Safe

Track Your Energy & Water Use

Set up an online profile with MyEnergy & MyWater to view your personalized dashboards and track your use.

MyEnergy

  • Take the online assessment to help you learn more about how you use energy.
  • Review your customized action plan for ways to save.
  • Earn points that can be redeemed at your favorite retailers.

MyWater

  • Sign up to receive leak and high-use alerts.
  • See how your current water use compares to your past use, even down to the hour.
  • Get personalized step-by-step actions.
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Healthy Homes Is Turning 10!

June is National Healthy Homes Month, and this June the City is also celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its Healthy Homes program. In Fort Collins, 1 in 4 households have a family member with a respiratory ailment and since 2011, the Healthy Homes program has been providing members of the Fort Collins community the tools and knowledge they need to create a safe, healthy home environment through volunteer-based education to help identify the presence of biological pollutants, chemical contaminants, and safety hazards.

Recognized nationally and the only municipal program of its kind, the Healthy Homes program relies on partner organizations and volunteers working together to improve the respiratory health of all Fort Collins community members. Over the past 10 years, the program has reached over 1,000 homes and our volunteer Master Home Educators have dedicated over 9,000 hours to the program and our community. 

Are you ready to learn what actions you can take to improve your indoor air quality? Sign up for a Healthy Homes assessment today. We'll leave you with a wealth of information about your indoor air quality and low cost or no cost recommendations you can implement to mitigate many of the most common problems. Included with each assessment are a free radon test kit, all-natural disinfectant and sustainable cleaning cloth. Assessments are provided over the phone or can be completed using our Online Do-It-Yourself tool.

Complete a Healthy Homes phone assessment or Online Do-It-Yourself assessment during the Month of June to be entered into a raffle for a Healthy Homes 10-year anniversary gift. Included in each gift is a Healthy Homes CARES Kit, Healthy Homes tea blend, socks and bandana.

Call 970-416-2832 to schedule a Healthy Homes phone assessment or email your completed results from the Do-It-Yourself assessment to healthyhomes@fcgov.com to be entered into the raffle.

Mow Down Pollution

Did you know gas powered lawnmowers emit hazardous air pollutants that contribute to the formation of ground level ozone, are noisy, and require storage and use of hazardous chemicals?  

Don’t miss the chance to recycle your old gas-powered lawnmower and receive a $150 voucher towards the purchase of an electric lawnmower from The Regional Air Quality Council’s Mow Down Pollution Program. Learn more here: https://www.fcgov.com/airquality/rebate.php     

New Recycling Services

Waste haulers will provide recycling services to all commercial and multi-family properties within Fort Collins city limits by June 30, 2021. This is one more step toward all community members having access to recycling.

Are you a business owner or property manager with questions about this new policy? Visit fcgov.com/CRO to learn more or contact the Waste Reduction & Recycling team at WRR@fcgov.com 

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