In this issue of City News, you’ll find out how to watch tonight's 2022 State of the City address, what improvements are coming to Linden Street and how to participate in a rebate program for water-wise landscaping!

- Kelly DiMartino, Interim City Manager

2022 State of the City is Tonight!

Join Mayor Jeni Arndt and Interim City Manager Kelly DiMartino at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, as they reflect on the accomplishments and challenges of 2021, and look ahead to the future of Fort Collins.

Due to current public health conditions, the State of the City will be streamed live online in English and Spanish at You can also find it on FCTV via Connexion, cable channels 14 & 881, AppleTV and Roku. It will also be available for viewing at any time afterward, if you can’t catch it live.

Visit to watch and to see other highlights from the past year in the 2021 Report to the Community.

Hungry? Order dinner from your favorite local restaurant to enjoy while you watch! The City has partnered with Nosh Delivery to offer five dollars off delivery service Feb. 1-3 with the code: FOCOLOVE

Winter Bike to Work (or Wherever) Day is Feb. 11!

Get ready to roll, Fort Collins! Winter Bike to Work (or Wherever) Day is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 11, from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. It may be cold, it may be snowy, but anytime is a great time to ride a bike.

Free breakfast will be available at breakfast stations throughout the city. Although past bike to work day events have centered around the morning commute, we’ve added “or Wherever” during the last few events to include our residents with alternate work schedules, who work remotely, are in school or who just want to join in on the fun. As long as you bike, walk, skate, scoot or take transit that morning, you can participate!

Fort Collins’ Winter Bike to Work Day event normally takes place in December, but we’ve moved our event to February to line up with International Winter Bike to Work Day.

We’ll post a map of breakfast stations before the event – hope to see you out there!

Learn More about WBTW(W)D

Enjoy Artwork in Every Season

Even in the winter, there are many great public art projects to see all over Fort Collins. On our Fossil Creek Trail Public Art Tour, you will find Sphere by Stephen Shachtman, which is striking in the snow. Sphere, an 8-foot diameter flagstone sculpture, plays off the scale of the site and nearby tunnel, appearing to be the same size as the tunnel opening. The site, located just south of the Fossil Creek Trail and the railroad track west of College Ave., was home to a brick factory from 1902-1952. Visitors can search the sculpture to find historic bricks in with the 903 brick-like pieces of flagstone that pay homage to the history of the site.

To see more art in a whole new way this winter, try the Art in Public Places self-guided Public Art Tours!

Take a Public Art Tour

Date Night Solved!

It’s the season for love, and The Lincoln Center is all in with these great opportunities for date night!

Kronos Quartet – On February 11, Kronos Quartet will combine a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagining the string quartet experience.

Improbable Ascent – With her trademark humor and wit, world champion paraclimber and 2019 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Maureen Beck chronicles her adventures as a one-handed athlete on February 17.

Benise: The 20th Anniversary Tour – Backed by a stage full of musicians and elaborately choregraphed dancers, Benise takes the audience on a romantic and exotic journey of music and dance that celebrates the fire, passion and spirit of Spain on February 24.

Tickets start at $15 or $20 and are available at or by calling 970.221.6730.

All patrons five years of age or older attending these performances must provide either: 1) proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a photo/student ID or 2) proof of negative COVID-19 test with a photo/student ID. Click here for more details. Masks are required for all persons age three and older regardless of vaccination status.

Linden Street Construction Enters Phase 2

The second and final phase of the Linden Street Renovation project is scheduled to begin construction on Feb. 7, resulting in modified access to Linden Street over the next few months.

This phase of the project builds on work completed last year and will involve the entirety of Linden Street from building front to building front.

During construction, Linden Street will be closed to vehicles. Businesses on Linden Street will be open, and pedestrian access will be available to all businesses.

Patrons can park on nearby streets or in the Firehouse Alley Parking Structure, located a short walk down Old Firehouse Alley from Linden Street. Rates at all three of the City’s parking structures are free for the first hour and then $1 for each subsequent hour.

When complete, the Linden Street Renovation project will transform Linden Street into a “convertible street,” which is a roadway that can be closed to vehicular and bicycle traffic and transformed into a pedestrian gathering space during special events. The renovations also include new aesthetic features and landscaping.

The project is expected to be complete by June, weather permitting.

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Earth Day Challenge 2022

The third annual Earth Day Challenge kicks off February 18! The challenge is a fun way for you to make more sustainable choices while saving yourself time, energy and money. The City is challenging every household to lose 5,000 pounds of CO2—greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change—by the end of April. That would be like consuming 255 less gallons of gasoline in your car a year! You and your friends can start earning points at Every pound of CO2 reduced equals one point gained.  

One simple way to start earning points is to sign up for a free home efficiency assessment. Trained Larimer County Conservation Corps Members spend 1-2 hours in your home and can replace certain fixtures with high efficiency options. Examples include LED light bulbs and high efficiency shower heads. The assessment will also determine if you are qualified for a free high efficiency toilet. Installation is included! Schedule an assessment at:

Join the challenge and see how your actions add up and make a positive impact on the community!
Join the Challenge

Xeriscape Incentive Program

Fort Collins Utilities’ residential water customers are eligible for a rebate to transform a pre-approved high-water use area to a water-wise landscape ($0.75/square foot up to 1,000 square feet, or up to $750 per approved project, per address). Projects with a minimum of 80% plants native to Colorado are eligible to receive an additional $0.25/square foot through Nature in the City.

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NextGenServe Gives Youth a New Summer Experience

Are you looking for a fun and meaningful experience for middle- and high-school-aged youth over the summer?

Sign up to participate in NextGenServe, a City volunteer program for youth ages 11-18 that focuses on growing leadership skills and service in the Fort Collins community. Volunteers learn about a variety of career paths and work alongside trained City staff in various settings, including parks, natural areas and the Garden on Spring Creek.

In addition, the NextGen program adopts the Xeriscape Garden outside of City Hall over the summer, where they meet and interact with City leaders from across the organization, talk to City staff about their career path and learn about working in local government.

This opportunity is open to all youth with an interest in leadership, service to their community and a desire to explore a variety of careers. Curious? Join us for a parent information night on Tuesday, February 22, at 5:00 PM. Learn more and register here.

Inspiring Hope: Planning for Tomorrow's Garden

Saturday, March 5, 2022  |  9 a.m. - Noon  |  Virtual Event

The High Plains Landscape Workshop presented by Fort Collins Nursery is a one-day signature educational opportunity for inspiring smart home garden design, resulting in beautiful home landscapes in Colorado. Hosted by the Gardens on Spring Creek in partnership with the City of Fort Collins Utilities Department and Colorado State University Extension, proceeds from this important annual fundraiser benefit The Gardens.

Join us for this year’s virtual workshop focused on filling our gardens with hope and botanical inspiration. The event will feature presentations followed by Q&A from two dynamic keynote speakers:

  • Plantsman, curator and author, Kelly Norris
  • Denver Botanic Gardens' Curator of Alpine Collections, Mike Kintgen

Tickets are $35 per person. Gardens Members enjoy a 10 percent discount. The first 250 registrants will receive a commemorative High Plains Landscape Workshop tote bag designed by local artist, Ashley Krueger.  

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Share Your Feedback on the Fort Collins Recovery Plan

Although the community is undoubtedly still in the midst of pandemic response, the City of Fort Collins has begun to plan the road to recovery. To guide long-term efforts, the City is developing a Fort Collins Recovery Plan. 

We want to hear your feedback about the key themes and outcomes in the Draft Plan to ensure they accurately reflect what our community needs most to bounce back stronger. Share your comments and reactions to the draft plan before February 6.

Take the Survey

Upcoming Closure: Presidents' Day
All City offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 21 to observe Presidents' Day. Essential services will continue as usual, and full list of closures and holiday hours for facilities will be posted at later this month.

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