City News

Welcome to City News. In this issue you'll learn how to plan for CSU Game Days, ways to recycle most effectively, and how to get tickets to your favorite Lincoln Center shows. Thanks for reading.

- Darin Atteberry, City Manager

Game Days at CSU

As the summer temperatures peak, Fort Collins becomes abuzz with students returning to town to kick off the 2019-2020 academic year at Colorado State University. This fall, the CSU Rams football season features six home games at Canvas Stadium from September through November. 

Rams Home Football Schedule:

  • 09/07 - Western Illinois Leathernecks
  • 09/21 - Toledo Rockets
  • 10/05 - San Diego State Aztec Warriors
  • 11/02 - UNLV Rebels
  • 11/16 - Air Force Falcons
  • 11/29 - Boise State Broncos

City of Fort Collins Residential Parking Permit Program (RP3) zones surround the CSU campus and there are enforcement regulations specific to game days. For details, visit the RP3 Program page

The City's Code Compliance team serves as ambassadors to help promote livability and neighborly behavior on game days. Code Compliance staff will be out two hours prior to kick-off encouraging residents to park on improved surfaces and will ask for voluntary compliance until enforcement begins at kick-off. Code Compliance will also be available to check in with residents about trash, behavior and noise, and to answer questions.

If you plan to cheer on the Rams in person, be sure to check out Cam the Ram’s Gameday Tips to help plan ahead for things like schedules, tickets, parking and transportation, tailgating, clear bag policy, metal detectors and other important details. Go Rams!

Help Keep Recycling Strong

There have been some dramatic stories in the past year about the state of recycling. While recycling programs across the country have been impacted differently by China no longer accepting recyclables from other countries, the recycling programs in Fort Collins remain steady with only slight changes. While the next 12-18 months will likely remain unpredictable, the infrastructure to process recyclables from the United States is in the works, which will be good news for the long-term health of recycling.

Here are some actions you can take to help keep recycling strong in Fort Collins:

Keep recycling: put the good stuff in the bin

  • The environmental and other benefits to recycling are as important as ever.
  • Be sure to recycle all your aluminum cans, cardboard, plastic bottles & tubs, and white paper.
  • If you’d like to separate white paper (copy paper and shredded paper) and deliver it to the Timberline Recycling Center, it can be sent to a higher value market than if it’s mixed with other papers in curbside recycling. See details at
Keep the bad stuff out
  • Recycling contamination – or putting items in a recycling bin that are not recyclable – matters more than ever before. Keeping non-recyclables out of the bin helps ensure that the rest of the load actually gets recycled.
  • Be sure to put your recyclables in the bin loose (not bagged) and keep out plastic bags, batteries, straws, paper coffee cups, paper towels, etc.
Refuse and Reuse
  • Refuse single-use plastic items like straws and plastic utensils (which are not recyclable and are unlikely to ever be) and go reusable when possible.
  • Bring a reusable coffee cup or travel mug with you to the coffee shop. Pack a set of reusable utensils and a reusable straw to have on hand at work. At restaurants, say no thank you to the plastic straw. Rather than asking for a to-go box, bring a Tupperware to pack up your leftovers.
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Lincoln Center Tickets On Sale Aug. 7

Want to experience an amazing concert, take in a Broadway show or see a topnotch comedian? The Lincoln Center has all that and more! Tickets for all shows in the 2019-2020 performing arts season will go on sale to the public on Aug. 7 at noon. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 970.221.6730 or at The Lincoln Center Box Office located at 417 W. Magnolia St. This also includes The Lincoln Center’s special discounted Big Deal seats, which range from $15-$20 depending on the show.

Season highlights include the Tony Award®-winning Broadway shows The Color Purple and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, the unrivaled comedians Rita Rudner and Tig Notaro, violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, the holiday spectacular Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, an up-close wildlife experience with Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live, the family-friendly Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure and the hilarious magician Piff The Magic Dragon of America’s Got Talent fame. You can find the entire season lineup, including show details and videos, at

Photo credit: Mannheim Steamroller

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Thank You for Not Idling Your Vehicle

It’s back to school time and many residents will be transporting kids in the family car. If you’re waiting at the curb more than 30 seconds, please turn off your engine. Idling contributes to air pollution, contaminates the air inside the vehicle, and wastes money. Vehicle exhaust contains chemicals that form ozone, can cause cancer and asthma attacks, and contribute to our changing climate. 

For more information on the impacts of vehicle idling and to watch a fun and informative video, visit

City Rebate Applications Open Now

What’s better than a coupon? Actual money to help you pay your bills! The City offers rebates designed to assist low-income individuals, families, people with disabilities and seniors in the community. Qualifying residents can receive cash back for taxes paid on groceries, utility bills and rent or property tax.

The rebate on sales tax spent on food is $64 per person, while the utility rebates and property/rent amounts vary by service and amount paid. View income and residency requirements, amounts, and apply online at Applications must be received by Oct. 31.


Building Energy and Water Scoring

Adopted by City Council in December, the Building Energy and Water Scoring program (Ordinance 2018-144) promotes the transparency of energy and water efficiency of commercial and multifamily buildings 5,000 square feet and above. Each year, owners are required to benchmark energy and water use, and report to the City using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®.

The phased implementation begins this year, with reporting due for commercial buildings 20,000 square feet and above in March of 2020. Find out if your business address is included in the 2020 reporting requirements at Resources and services to support building owners are also available online.

How scoring can benefit property owners:

  • Improve your building’s net operating income
  • Identify and prioritize future building improvements
  • Advertise your building’s performance and differentiate yourself in the marketplace
  • Retain tenants and improve occupancy

For more information, visit, or contact, 970-416-2733 or V/TDD 711.


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

Pooch Plunge
Aug. 25, 4-6 p.m.
City Park Pool

Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Streets Facility, 625 Ninth St.
Accepted items and details:

View City Event Calendar

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