City News

Welcome to City News. In this issue you'll learn how you can help shape the future of parks and recreation in Fort Collins, ways to get involved in Our Climate Future, and where you can recycle your Christmas tree. Thanks for reading.

- Darin Atteberry, City Manager

Save the Date - State of the City
Join Mayor Wade Troxell and City Manager Darin Atteberry in celebrating 2019 accomplishments and looking forward to the future of Fort Collins.

Tuesday, Jan. 28
6-8 p.m.
Colorado State University

RSVP and additional details will be available in early January at
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Help Create the Future of Parks & Recreation

The City of Fort Collins is updating its master plan for parks and recreation for the first time in more than ten years! Join us throughout the process to share your thoughts, values and vision for how Parks and Recreation could look in the future.

This master planning process is a unique opportunity to align the vision, goals and standards of our parks and recreation programs with the evolving needs of our community. Please visit for more information about the master planning process, including dates for upcoming open houses and opportunities to provide input and feedback along the way.

Help ReCreate the path for Parks and Recreation in Fort Collins!

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Free Christmas Tree Recycling

Fort Collins residents can recycle their live Christmas trees free of charge through Jan. 20.

Before dropping off, all items must be removed from the tree including lights, wires, hooks, ornaments, tinsel and fake snow.

Drop off trees at the following locations:

Collected trees will be chipped into mulch that will then be used for City landscaping projects and made available to the public year-round at the Timberline Recycling Center and Gardens on Spring Creek. All mulch is free of charge.

After Jan. 20, residents can recycle their tree at the City’s Timberline Recycling Center and other local drop-off locations for a fee. Artificial trees in good condition can be donated to local thrift stores.

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Our Climate Future

The Our Climate Future Planning effort–an update to the City’s Climate Action Plan, Road to Zero Waste and Energy Policy–launched last fall and will enter Phase 2 of community engagement early this year. The project’s goal is to co-create equitable solutions to achieve the community's energy, waste, and climate goals.

The City would like to thank the almost 2,000 community members who attended events and engaged online, and the 500 who provided direct feedback on their vision for a sustainable future in Fort Collins and what could be barriers to achieving that vision. The project team trained a handful of Community Partners and Plan Ambassadors who helped engage community members in conversations and presentations about opportunities and challenges facing Fort Collins as we head into the next decade. This feedback will help determine themes and big ideas for the next phase of engagement and eventual plan development and policy creation.

Learn more and share your ideas on the Our Climate Future planning effort at

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Put the Freeze on Winter Fires
Winter fires only account for 8 percent of fires in the U.S., yet they result in 30 percent of all fire deaths. The leading factors contributing to these dangerous fires are unattended cooking and heat sources that are too close to combustibles.

Poudre Fire Authority has responded to several fires already this winter. Thankfully there have been no injuries and we hope it stays that way! Stay warm and safe with these tips:
  • Make sure heat sources are not near, installed on, or stored by combustibles. This includes ashes, pot belly stoves, or anything else that can generate heat.
  • Store and discard of ashes properly. Ashes can insulate and retain heat for several days. Fires have started in PFA’s service area from ashes that were days old and stored in metal containers. Home fires started when containers blew over in the wind or ignited combustibles nearby. How do you make sure your ashes are completely out? Wait until ashes are cool to the touch, place them in a metal container with a lid that can be secured, drown the ashes in water, secure the lid, and put them outside and away from any combustibles.
  • Set timers to help you remember to blow out candles, check ashes or monitor cooking and heat sources.

Game Changers Extended through April 30

Experience the special exhibition Game Changers at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery – now extended through April 30!

Bring the whole family to explore more than 120 of the most influential games that have transformed the gaming scene. From the nostalgia of Pong to the excitement of Guitar Hero, what will you discover next?

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Connect People to Nature: Become a Volunteer Naturalist

Volunteer Naturalists provide field trips and activities that welcome and connect visitors to natural areas. They learn to share practical stewardship tips through a comprehensive training program in March and April.

Previous Volunteer Naturalists have said:

  • "I feel fortunate to have been exposed to your wonderful program."
  • "I wish the training wasn't over!"
  • "Excellent program! It has far exceeded my expectations."
  • "I just love giving programs to the school groups - the support of the Natural Areas staff is fantastic, and the feedback from the children makes my day."

Applications are due Feb. 21.

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Lower Your Utility Bill

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

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Fort Collins, CO 80524