In this issue of City News, you’ll find out how to celebrate the Fourth of July, how to provide feedback on the City's budget and how to explore the City's Natural Areas this summer. Thanks for reading.

- Darin Atteberry, City Manager

Fourth of July Festivities & Fireworks

Celebrate the Fourth of July

We have an event lineup you won’t want to miss! Grab some coffee and head out early to see hot air balloons launch around the city from Soft Gold, Edora and Twin Silo Parks. Then, tip your hats to the many important services that keep our community running with a driving motorcade parade! Close out the day with a drive-in fireworks show put on in partnership with the City of Loveland and Larimer County at The Ranch Event Complex.

Learn more about all of the Independence Day events and more at

Leave the Fireworks to the Pros

Between hot air balloons, a motorcade parade, and fireworks at The Ranch complex, the City has a fun-filled day planned for you and your family to celebrate safely – so you can leave the fireworks to the pros.

Fireworks – even sparklers – are illegal in Fort Collins city limits, and have been for decades because of the significant risk of fire and property damage this time of year. We ask that you leave the pyrotechnics to the pros, and focus your Fourth of July celebrations on a variety of other fun and festive activities.

Learn More & Celebrate!

What are Your Priorities for Fort Collins?

The City is developing its 2022 budget, and it’s important that it reflects the priorities of our community – and we know yours may have shifted due to the pandemic.

Whether you can spare just a couple of minutes, or want to dive deep into specific budget proposals, you can share your priorities, concerns and ideas with City staff and Council as the budget is created and refined.

Online: At there are several ways to share priorities and concerns, and submit ideas for funding, no matter how much time you may have to spare. In addition, all of the 2022 budget offers (proposals) and narratives are available to review, organized by outcome.

With Your People: Want to host a conversation with your friends, neighbors, office or community group? We have created a Budget Engagement Toolkit, available for download in English and Spanish, to help you do exactly that. It includes all the tools and information to help you talk about what City programs and services are most important to your group or organization.

With City Staff or Council: Visit to request a meeting with City staff and to view the schedule for City Council’s budget discussions.

Learn More!

Get Outside with the Natural Areas Explorer

The 2021 Fort Collins Natural Areas Explorer has officially been released. Find free activities and events from June through October that connect you to the Fort Collins Natural Areas. Activities range from stewardship, to outdoor recreation, night skies, wellness and much, much more.


Lemay Avenue Closures in NE Fort Collins Begin July 6

Construction work for the new Lemay Avenue bridge will result in a full closure of Lemay Avenue north of Lincoln Avenue beginning July 6 through mid-August.

During the same time, Lemay Avenue will also be closed between Vine Drive and Conifer Street for utility and street work related to the Northfield development.

All traffic, including pedestrians and bicyclists, will not be permitted to enter Lemay Avenue immediately north of the Lincoln Avenue intersection. Traffic will also not be allowed to turn north on Lemay from Vine or south on Lemay from Conifer.

During the closure, all business will be accessible and open.

Patrons to businesses at 225 N. Lemay, including Snowbank Brewing, Paws ‘N Claws Veterinary Clinic, Roth Medial, Encore Electric, Project 44, Waypoint Real Estate, and Luminous Creo, should use Vine Drive or Buckingham Street to Lemay Avenue/9th Street, then turn south to access businesses.

The Lemay closure at Lincoln will allow crews to conduct utility work and widen existing Lemay Avenue, which will prepare the area to tie into the new bridge and alignment.

The City opted for a full closure in order to ultimately minimize disruptions in the area. Crews will be able to complete the work in half the time it would take were traffic to be permitted in the area.

To learn more about the overpass project, visit

Free Sprinkler Checkups!

Did you know that irrigation accounts for about 60% of the average summer water bill? Fort Collins Utilities’ free Sprinkler Checkup program has helped more than 6,000 customers take control of their outdoor water use by providing a customized watering schedule, a comprehensive evaluation and recommendations for upgrades and repairs.

Inefficiencies are easy to miss, so bring in the experts to make sure you’re getting the most of every drop. Do you water with a hose and portable sprinkler? Checkups are now available for residents with or without underground systems.

Checkups are scheduled on weekdays, June through September. To qualify, you must live in a duplex or single-family home and be a Fort Collins Utilities, ELCO or Fort Collins-Loveland Water District customer.

Book Your Free Checkup

Sculptures Featured at Gardens on Spring Creek

In collaboration with Art in Public Places, the Gardens on Spring Creek is featuring carved sculptures created from juniper trees by Tom Benedict in an art installation titled Mountain Wildwoods: The Resilient Beauty of Juniper Trees. The sculptures will be on view at The Gardens through February 12, 2022.

The sculptures are carved from dead, twisted Rocky Mountain juniper trees harvested by the artist in Montana. The trees likely lived for over 500 years before falling to the same elements of nature that caused them to twist and contour. To create his sculptures, Tom Benedict carves away the exterior of weathered wood exposing the tree's core. Sculpting with the grain of the wood, he carves the wood to exaggerate the tree’s natural features. Perfect in the botanical garden setting, the sculptures evoke a sense of wonder in the resiliency found in nature.

The exhibit features a scavenger hunt for guests and artist Tom Benedict will join visitors to The Gardens in July and October for artist talks and workshops. Some of his unique juniper-wood creations will also be for sale at The Garden’s gift shop.

Learn More

Open Houses for West Elizabeth Design Project

West Elizabeth Design Project open houses scheduled July 9

The City of Fort Collins, Transfort, and Colorado State University are kicking off a preliminary design project for Bus Rapid Transit service (like MAX) along the West Elizabeth Street corridor and we want your input!

Two open houses are scheduled on Friday, July 9 – one along the corridor near Campus West shops and one on the CSU campus – both are open to all. Meet the design team and share your thoughts! You can stop by these open houses anytime during the meeting hours. Virtual feedback options will also be available at the project website after the meetings.

 Business-Focused Open House

  • Time: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Location: Front of Road 34, 1213 W. Elizabeth St.

General Open House

  • Time: 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: CSU campus on West Pitkin Street outside the entrance of Canvas Stadium
Learn More!

Recommended Plant List

Wondering what to plant this year? The much-anticipated City of Fort Collins Recommended Plant List is here! This list promotes plants that support local wildlife and pollinators, are waterwise and regionally appropriate. This list is unique to Fort Collins and includes hundreds of plants native to Fort Collins and Colorado. This new resource will guide community members in the creation of sustainable and ecologically diverse landscapes and may just help you decide what else to plant in your garden.

Check out the List

Upcoming Closures: Independence Day

In honor of Independence Day, all City offices will be closed Monday, July 5. All recreation facilities will remain open on Monday, July 5, but will be closed on Sunday, July 4. City Park pool will be open regular hours on July 4 and July 5.

Essential services such as fire, police and utilities will continue as usual. Transfort will offer regular service on Monday, July 5, but will not be offering service on Sunday, July 4. All library branches will be closed on Sunday, July 4 but will remain open on Monday, July 5. The Gardens on Spring Creek will remain open on July 4 and July 5.

All City offices will resume hours on Tuesday, July 6.

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