In this issue of City News, you’ll find out how to celebrate Independence Day, share your priorities for the City's budget and participate in upcoming trainings and conversations with the Office and Equity and Inclusion!

- Kelly DiMartino, Interim City Manager

This Independence Day, Leave the Fireworks to the Pros

Friendly reminder that all fireworks–even sparklers–are illegal to sell, possess or use in Fort Collins city limits. This regulation has been in effect for decades and is due, in part, to the risk of fire this time of year. Instead, we invite you to participate and watch the official fireworks display at City Park on July 2!

For a full line-up of events visit

Learn more about fireworks in Fort Collins at

Equity Trainings & Conversations

The City’s Equity and Inclusion Office is hosting two events this month: with the Economic Health Department, a Community Conversation on the Economic Health and Opportunity Equity Indicator on July 21; and with the Fort Collins Human Relations Commission, an anti-bias training on July 28.

Both events will take place from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Fort Collins Senior Center, where a light meal will be provided.

Childcare and Spanish/ASL interpretation provided upon request.


Minimum Wage

The City of Fort Collins wants to hear from both employers and employees in Fort Collins - regardless of your current wage - about your thoughts on a possible minimum wage increase and how it might impact you or your business.

The survey is anonymous and results will be shared with City Council as they consider this topic. To learn more and take the survey, visit

Summer Safety: Extreme Heat & Wildfire Preparedness

Extreme Heat:

Summer is finally here and longer days can bring high temperatures and poor air quality due to ozone and wildfires. Protect yourself and your family by monitoring weather conditions daily and taking recommended precautions. Learn more at

Wildfire Preparedness:

During wildfires, smoke can make the air in your home unhealthy to breathe, even if wildfires are miles away. Learn how to keep your indoor air quality healthy, even during a wildfire at

Changes for Paid Downtown Parking App

Beginning July 1, ParkMobile will be the sole vendor for paying for parking at downtown parking structures and lots.

Users of the three downtown parking structures and the Mason Street lot who pay for parking with a smartphone app will need to download and begin using ParkMobile, as the previous FC Parking app will cease to function.

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Food for Thought at FCMoD

From now until September 4, head over to Fort Collins Museum of Discovery for the beautiful new special exhibition FOOD FOR THOUGHT Micro Views of Sustenance: Threats and Prospects.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT features the work of photographer Robert Dash, who offers a micro perspective on how one part of nature–our food–is connected to climate change. The exhibition is free with museum entry and is presented bilingually.

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Sign up for a Free Sprinkler Checkup

Did you know that irrigation accounts for about 60% of the average summer water bill? 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 portable sprinkler? Checkups are now available for residents with or without underground systems.

Eligible for homes in Fort Collins Utilities, ELCO and Fort Collins-Loveland water districts. Not eligible to HOA common areas or commercial properties.

Book Your Free Checkup

2023-2024 Budget

The City is developing our 2023-2024 budget, and it’s important that our budget reflects the priorities of our community. Even if you only have a few minutes to spare, we'd love for you to share your priorities and ideas at

NoCo Urban Homestead Tour

Saturday, July 30 | 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Enjoy a glimpse into inspiring Northern Colorado backyards during the ninth annual NoCo Urban Homestead Tour presented by Fort Collins Nursery

This year's tour – a fundraising event benefiting the Gardens on Spring Creek and Loveland Youth Gardeners – features seven local homesteads that demonstrate how growing your own produce, raising bees and backyard animals, food preservation and other self-sustaining lifestyle practices can be achieved in urban backyard settings.

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New Art Near You

Lookout for new murals on transformer cabinets across the city! Murals will be painted by 16 local artists on 26 transformer cabinets this year. At the end of our 17th season, there will be murals on 410 utility cabinets.

The Transformer Cabinet Mural program project started in 2004 to help mitigate graffiti on transformer cabinets and bring art into the community. Above, Werner Schreiber is shown starting his 2022 mural.

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Celebrate Latino Conservation Week with Natural Areas

Celebrate Latino Conservation Week with Fort Collins Natural Areas. Join us for a Campfire at Nix on Saturday, July 23 from 7-8:30pm. This program, partially offered in Spanish, will celebrate the stories and contributions of Latinos to conservation and the outdoors. Explore the many ways to connect to nature in Northern Colorado.

Semana de Conservación Latina - Este programa se ofrecerá parcialmente en español. Celebre las historias y contribuciones de los latinos a la conservación y la naturaleza. Explore la variedad de maneras en que puede conectarse a la naturaleza en el Norte de Colorado.

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Knowledge is Power: Stay Informed During a Flood

Did you know our community can experience flooding from April through September?

Know How to Stay Updated

Tune in to local TV or radio stations – don’t call 911 for information. The best weather information is from the National Weather Service’s website or weather radio. Fort Collins Utilities also provides emergency information on FCTV, online and through social media.

Know the Difference

  • Watch: Severe weather is possible – be alert and prepared.
  • Warning: Severe weather has been reported or is imminent – take immediate precautions.

View Real-Time Rainfall and Streamflow

Our early flood warning system includes numerous streamflow and precipitation gauges, like the ones pictured above. When rain intensity or stream level thresholds are exceeded, employees from Utilities and the City’s Office of Emergency Preparedness are notified, providing greater lead time to respond to flooding. View real-time data.


  • Turn Around Don’t Drown®
  • Be Red Cross Ready: Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed.
  • Sign up for NOCOAlert emergency notifications.
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