City News

Welcome to City News. In this issue you'll learn how you can join Soapstone Prairie's 10th Anniversary celebration, ways to protect yourself from West Nile this summer, and a new tool to find information about Fort Collins. Thanks for reading.

- Darin Atteberry, City Manager

Celebrate Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Red Mountain Open Space's 10th Anniversary

Everyone is invited to celebrate the decade since the opening of Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Red Mountain Open Space with a ceremony and fun interactive stations.

Saturday, July 13

10 a.m.: Ceremony at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area’s South Parking Lot Picnic Shelter

10:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.: Visit educational stations at Soapstone Prairie and Red Mountain on your own schedule. Families are invited to enjoy a children’s activity at each parking lot. The contents of the time capsule that was created in 2009 will also be on display.

Free van transportation to Soapstone Prairie is available - reserve your seat at

The celebration activities are free with no registration required, but you can sign up for updates and a reminder at

Alexa, what do you know about Fort Collins?

The City of Fort Collins has launched an Amazon Alexa Skill. FCGov (pronounced EFF-SEE-guv) is a new, easy way to get answers to common questions you may have about City services. You can ask about upcoming events, look up the address and hours for City facilities, or find out how to contact your City Councilmember.

For example, you can say “Alexa, ask FCGov … :

  • … how to contact Utilities.
  • … what’s coming up on Independence Day.
  • … to tell me about the Larimer County Farmers’ Market.
  • … to give feedback.”

You can enable the Skill by saying "Alexa, enable FCGov" to your Alexa-enabled device or online to use it through the Amazon Alexa app.

The City of Fort Collins does not collect any identifying information through the Skill.



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Sprinkler Audit PLUS+

Interested in replacing grass with a low-water landscape, but not ready for a big project?

Sign up for Sprinkler Audit PLUS+. Complete an eligible project to receive a $110 rebate for a Garden In a Box and a 50% rebate on the cost of qualifying irrigation equipment.

It’s easy – here’s how:

  1. Schedule a free Sprinkler Audit PLUS+ to determine an eligible area.
  2. Purchase equipment and a Garden In a Box.
  3. Remove grass.
  4. Install plants and drip irrigation.
  5. Take a picture and send us your receipts.

To qualify, you must live in a single-family home with a sprinkler system and be a Fort Collins Utilities water customer. Rebates are first come, first served and funds are limited.

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Beat the Buzz with the 4 Ds

This summer, take steps to protect yourself and loved ones from West Nile virus (WNV) with four easy steps known as the 4 Ds.

  • Drain: Mosquitoes breed in water! Drain any standing water in your yard each week. Bird baths, clogged gutters and kiddie pools are common breeding sites.
  • Dress: Wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors. Spray clothing with insect repellent since mosquitoes may bite through clothing.
  • Defend: Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin. Use an approved repellent according to its label.
  • Dusk Through Dawn: Limit time spent outdoors from dusk through dawn, when mosquitoes are most active and feeding.

While there are no guarantees that you will not get WNV, using the Four Ds helps minimize the risk.

West Nile vector index data and risk maps are updated weekly at

Sign Up for Alerts:

You can also sign up at to receive phone, text or email notifications in the event that the City of Fort Collins decides to spray for mosquitoes.

To sign up, create an account. Under "My Alert Subscriptions" click "Community Alerts" and then check the "Fort Collins | Poudre Fire Authority" box and check "West Nile Virus Spraying."

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2019 Transformer Cabinet Mural Project

Twelve artists and one school will paint 20 utility transformer cabinets this summer as part of the 2019 Transformer Cabinet Mural Project. The project started in 2006 as a collaborative effort between Fort Collins Utilities and the Art in Public Places Program to help mitigate graffiti on transformer cabinets and bring art into the community.

The project has lowered maintenance costs associated with repainting graffitied cabinets, and has been replicated in many cities across the state and country.

At the end of this season there will be 315 painted cabinets in the City’s collection. Artists are currently painting, and murals are already at different stages of completion.

Visit to view 2019 mural concepts, progress images and downloadable maps of mural locations.

Image: Artist Larry Tucci

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Stay Informed During a Flood

July and August often bring monsoon weather, when large storms and flooding are possible.

Know how to stay updated. Tune into local TV or radio stations—don’t call 911 for information—or purchase a weather radio for updates from the National Weather Service. Fort Collins Utilities also provides emergency information through LETA911, FCTV, web and social media (learn more at

Know the difference:

  • Watch: severe weather is possible—be alert
  • Warning: severe weather has been reported or is imminent—take precautions

View Real-Time Rainfall and Streamflow

Our early flood warning system includes numerous streamflow and precipitation gauges. When rain intensity or stream level thresholds are exceeded, Utilities and Office of Emergency Management personnel are notified, providing greater lead time to respond to flooding. View real-time data at


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

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4th of July Community Celebration
July 4, starting at 7 a.m.
City Park, 1500 W. Mulberry St.
Full Schedule:

37th Annual New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts
Opening Reception: July 19, 5-7 p.m.
Exhibit: July 20-Sept. 21 (open Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. and during most performances)
Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St.

Flood Awareness Week
July 20-26
Learn More:

Picnic in the Park
Aug. 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
City Park, 1500 W. Mulberry St.

View City Event Calendar

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