In this issue of City News, you’ll find out how to stay safe from West Nile virus, enjoy the fanfare of Open Streets and discover new sounds of Northern Colorado!

- Kelly DiMartino, City Manager

Open Streets Returns Aug. 28

Get your bikes and walking shoes ready for the 2022 edition of Open Streets! This year’s route will be on Stover Street from Stuart Street to Horsetooth Road on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participants will have the opportunity to listen to free live music; engage in arts and culture activities; and connect with local organizations and businesses that each host activities along the route.

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CityWorks 101 Brings Your Local Government to You

CityWorks 101 is a public education program that invites people to go behind the scenes with their local government! Participants receive presentations from dozens of City staff, meet the Mayor and City Manager, hang out with Councilmembers and tour facilities. 

Classes are on Wednesday evenings from 6-9 p.m., August 24-September 28. To be considered, you must have lived within the Fort Collins Growth Management Area (GMA) for at least six months. Applications close August 5.

Learn More & Apply!

Beat the Buzz
This summer, take steps to protect yourself and loved ones from West Nile virus (WNV) with the Four Ds: Drain standing water, Dress in long sleeves and pants, Defend yourself with an approved repellent, and limit time outdoors at Dawn and Dusk. Learn more and sign up to receive phone, text or email notifications of any future mosquito spraying at fcgov.com/westnile.

$25 Trees on Sale through Community Canopy Program
In partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation's Community Canopy Program, the City's Forestry Division is providing 1,000 trees to residents of Fort Collins for $25 each. These trees help homeowners lower energy costs, filter air and water, reduce stormwater runoff, slow climate change and green Fort Collins neighborhoods.

Trees are on sale now!
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Be at the Center of It All

From comedy and concerts to Broadway and more, The Lincoln Center invites you to come and be a part of their 2022/23 performing arts season! All tickets for the upcoming season will go on sale Wednesday, August 10 at noon. Don’t miss exciting performances like Whose Live Anyway? With Special Guest Drew Carey, Legally Blonde – The Musical, Postmodern Jukebox, Anastasia and Mannheim Steamroller. Come join the fun as The Lincoln Center kicks off its brand new season of top-notch entertainment!

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Grocery Rebate Applications Open Now

Applications are now available for the City’s annual grocery rebate program and qualifying residents can receive cash back for taxes paid on groceries last year. The rebate is $69 per person; income and residency requirements, and application information are available at fcgov.com/rebate.

Share Your Creativity This Fall

The Art in Public Places Program is looking for local artists who live or attend school within the Fort Collins Growth Management Area for two projects:

The Storm Drain Mural Project seeks to involve artists or art teams to paint educational murals sharing the message of “Only rain down the storm drain.”

The Bus Art Project seeks art or poems for display at Transfort bus stops or the interior of buses.

Apply Now

Sonic Spotlight Provides Opportunity for Young Musicians
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is excited to begin the third year of Sonic Spotlight, a music competition that connects young musicians across Northern Colorado along with supportive resources and organizations. You must be 22 or under and living in Northern Colorado to take part, and submission takes place August 1–31. It all culminates with a final showcase on December 8 at Washington’s. Learn much more about this terrific opportunity.

Review the Active Modes Draft Plan

Fort Collins residents have an opportunity to review and provide comment on the first draft of the City’s new Active Modes Plan, which covers existing and potential networks, support facilities, policies and programs for active modes of transportation (bicycles, pedestrians, electric scooters, skateboards and more).

Public review and comment on the draft Active Modes Plan will be open through Aug. 24. The plan will ultimately be reviewed and approved by City Council.

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The Fall Recreator is Here!

The Fall Recreator has officially hit mailboxes for the first time in two years! Didn’t receive one? Swing by recreation facilities during business hours to pick up a copy. Or, view the Recreator online.

You’ll find community favorites like Treatsylvania and the Holiday Artisan Market. Plus, plenty of new fitness classes to try, school’s out day programs for the little ones, and arts and crafts to inspire creativity. Find your favorite programs, then register at 7 a.m. on August 11.

Share Your Trash and Recycling Bill

With open market trash and recycling (like Fort Collins), people living in the same city, neighborhood or even right next door to each other can pay drastically different amounts for the same services. This is true in Fort Collins, and staff are collecting household bills to continue to gain a better understanding of average costs for service and variability among households. To help, share your trash bill information through this survey, or send a copy to recycling@fcgov.com

Aerial Mulching Operations Resume in Cameron Peak Burn Area

Helicopters have resumed aerial mulching operations within the Cameron Peak Fire burn area, with 3,500 acres identified for treatment in the Cache la Poudre Watershed and 1,200 acres in the Big Thompson Watershed. Mulching operations will be conducted through the summer and fall of 2022 (weather dependent). Watershed recovery efforts like mulching help reduce burn area erosion, which can impact our source water supplies.

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Quality Water - It's Our Priority

We take water quality very seriously and are committed to providing safe, high-quality, reliable drinking water to our customers. We provide outstanding water by: 

  • Monitoring and managing our water system for post-wildfire impacts in our source water
  • Monitoring for lead, copper and other possible contaminants throughout the water system
  • Maintaining a long-standing corrosion control program to prevent the deterioration of water pipes
  • Participating in voluntary monitoring programs to identify emerging contaminants
  • And more!

Housing & Homelessness Funding Updates
Recently, over $150K of ARPA funding has been approved to support the community’s 24/7 Homeless Shelter initiative, as well as $220K for Homeless Case Management and Resource Navigation. ARPA funding has also been allocated to support the development of the Heartside Hill affordable housing project. This development is being funded in partnership with local, regional and state partners and if approved would create 60+ new units of affordable housing in Fort Collins.
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