City News

Welcome to City News. In this issue you'll learn about the Gardens on Spring Creek's exciting new expansion, ways Fort Collins Utilities can help you save on home energy efficiency upgrades, and an opportunity to share your feedback about the state of our community. Thanks for reading.

- Darin Atteberry, City Manager

Coming Soon! Gardens on Spring Creek Grand Opening

Just as a butterfly transforms itself inside a chrysalis and emerges completely anew, the Gardens on Spring Creek is ready to break free this November from its two-year metamorphosis. The much-anticipated transformation has included changes to the community botanic garden’s indoor and outdoor spaces along with the construction of a permanent Butterfly House, the first of its kind in Northern Colorado.

New gardens include the Prairie, Foothills, Undaunted, Great Lawn, Theme (Plant Select, Rose, Moon, Fragrance, and Butterfly & Hummingbird), and Wetlands. Garden highlights include the largest collection of cold hearty cactus on display in the United States, the convergence of two eco-systems (Prairie and Foothills) to expose the beauty and function of native plants, and the gathering expanse of the Great Lawn and Everitt Pavilion, which will feature performing arts, events, rentals, and other gatherings.

New additions to the Visitor’s Center have doubled its square footage to serve an anticipated 125,000 annual visitors. The heart of the Visitor’s Center construction is the 1,500-square-foot Butterfly House, built in partnership with Butterfly Pavilion, the first stand-alone, Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited non-profit invertebrate zoo.

Residents can expect to experience the Butterfly House as a year-round home to hundreds of North American butterflies and dozens of varieties of flowering plants. This warm, sensory experience allows all ages to get “up close” to both butterflies and plants in a soothing environment. Other attractions in the house include a chrysalis window, a 220-square-foot living wall, and meandering pathways.

In anticipation of re-opening, new admission, membership, scholarship, and accessibility programs have been planned in addition to expanded programming, classes, events, and tours. For timely updates on the Gardens on Spring Creek’s grand opening, please visit www.fcgov.com/gardens.

By the Numbers:

Year opened: 2004
Location: 2145 Centre Ave.
Acres: 18 (12 developed)
Total project cost: $6 million
Expansion Groundbreaking: November 2017
Visitor’s Center square footage: 9,740 square feet
Visitor’s Center project team: Architecture West, Elder Construction, City of Fort Collins
Garden expansion size: 5 acres
Garden expansion project team: Russell + Mills Studios, Krische Construction, City of Fort Collins
Anticipated 2020 visitation: 100,000 visitors

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What do you think about Fort Collins?

Do you ever wish there was a scorecard where you could rate your local government? You’re in luck, there is! The Community Survey, an annual consumer report card for the City, provides residents the opportunity to rate the quality of life in Fort Collins, as well as their satisfaction with community amenities and their local government. From the quality of recreational opportunities to business support and promotion, community members can let us know what we’re doing well and where we can improve.

Key findings from previous surveys show that Fort Collins continues to lead in areas like overall quality of life, feelings of safety, and culture and recreation, while transportation and affordable housing continue to be the greatest areas of concern.

Where are we exceeding your expectations? Where can we improve or expand our services? Now’s the time to tell us what you think about your local government. The survey is open now through Oct. 14, so don’t miss your chance to make your voice heard!

Tell us what you think!

Halloween Fun for Everyone!

Recreation has the family covered for Halloween fun. From Potter enthusiasts, to young trick-or-treaters and four-legged friends there’s bound to be something for everyone.

The spooktacular fun kicks off with Hogwarts Halloween at Northside Aztlan Community Center Oct. 18-19 from 6-9 p.m.

Later on, youngsters travel to Treatsylvania for not-so-spooky fun at The Farm. Treatsylvania takes place Oct. 25-27 at a variety of times.

And don’t forget about the dogs! Pups dress up in costume and do some trick-or-treating of their own at The Farm during Bow Wowvania on Oct. 26 from noon-1 p.m.

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Utilities Affordability Profile

Looking for ways to lower your utility bill? Fort Collins Utilities partners with local organizations to provide efficiency, conservation and bill payment assistance programs, including low- or no-cost resources that keep utility costs down.

There are three types of assistance:

    1. Emergency Assistance: programs include emergency home repairs or improvements and one-time financial assistance on utility bills.
    2. Payment Assistance: programs include utility rate discounts on monthly bills. Qualifications are determined by income, medical and/or disability. 
    3. Efficiency Installation: programs include free home efficiency assessments, weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades for qualifying households.
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Poudre River Whitewater Park Grand Opening
Join the City of Fort Collins to celebrate the opening of the Poudre River Whitewater Park, an exciting new development that will link Downtown to the River District, bring the river back to a more natural state, provide safe access to the river, and improve the river floodplain.

Grand Opening Celebration
Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-noon
Poudre River Whitewater Park - Intersection of East Vine Drive & Jerome Street

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Test Your Home for Radon

With winter fast approaching, the City of Fort Collins is encouraging community members to test the radon levels in their homes. Radon is a colorless, odorless and naturally occurring gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Radon gas enters homes and other buildings through cracks and openings in basements, crawl spaces and slabs. Radon levels vary from house to house and have nothing to do with the age, upkeep, or quality of the building; however, Colorado homes are at a higher risk for radon.

Testing the radon levels in your home is simple and inexpensive. Here are a few options:

  • Purchase a radon test kit. The City of Fort Collins sells discounted short-term ($6) and long-term ($20) kits for you to test your own home. These kits are available at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr.
  • Sign up for a Healthy Homes assessment. These free assessments provide Fort Collins residents with a comprehensive look at factors in their home related to indoor air quality, health and safety. Each assessment includes a free short-term radon test.

If your home has high radon levels, hire a professional. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provides links to contractors that are certified by the National Radon Proficiency Program and the National Radon Safety Board. Visit their website to find qualified radon contractors in your area.

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Epic Homes can help with efficiency upgrades

Epic Homes is a streamlined, affordable approach for home and rental property energy efficiency upgrades.

Do you notice drafts or have rooms that always seem too hot or cold? Homes with excessive air leakage can be uncomfortable, have higher utility bills and may allow pollutants to enter the living space, contributing to health and safety risks.

  1. Sign Up for a Streamlined $60 Home Energy Assessment: A professional energy adviser will provide a thorough assessment of your property to identify opportunities for efficiency upgrades ($600 value).
  2. Easily Upgrade: Select the customized upgrade package that fits your needs. Efficiency Works™ Homes will refer a top-tier contractor to complete the work with standardized pricing and substantial rebates, while ensuring the quality of completed upgrades.
  3. Epic Loans are Available: Pay up front or finance through Fort Collins Utilities with no money down and easy payments on your monthly utility bill.
  4. Epic IEQ Study: In partnership with Epic Homes, Colorado State University is conducting an optional Indoor Environmental Quality study as it relates to efficiency upgrades.
  5. Epic Certificate: Receive an Epic Certificate after upgrades are completed to show the value added to your home or rental.

For more information or to schedule your assessment, visit fcgov.com/epichomes, email epichomes@fcgov.com or call 877-981-1888.

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Calendar

Public Power Week, Oct. 6-12
Fort Collins Utilities operates a community-owned, locally controlled, not-for-profit electric utility. We work with Platte River Power Authority to provide homes, businesses and schools with safe, reliable, environmentally responsible and cost-effective electricity. Be sure to thank a lineworker for their hard work during Public Power Week.

ArtWear Biennial: Where Fashion Meets Fine Art
Oct. 18-26
Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St.
Info & Tickets: lctix.com/artwear

Downtown Stormwater Improvements Open House
Oct. 23, 4-6 p.m.
Presentations at 4:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Lincoln Center Columbine Room, 417 W. Magnolia St.
Questions: piengo@fcgov.com or 970-221-6847

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