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4th of July Community Celebration


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The City of Fort Collins and presenting sponsor Blue Ocean Foundation are excited to bring the 2018 4th of July Community Celebration to Fort Collins. Independence Day will include a morning parade, evening musical performances at City Park, and the traditional fireworks display over Sheldon Lake at City Park. The Independence Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. and travel west on Mountain Avenue. Live music and food trucks will be present in City Park starting at 4:15 p.m., and ending when the fireworks begin at 9:35 p.m. Free Transfort Shuttle Service to and from City Park will be available throughout the day. For more information visit

Fireworks are Illegal in the City of Fort Collins


JC Ward | Neighborhood Services |amN3YXJkQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==

The possession and use (without a permit) of fireworks of any kind in the city of Fort Collins may result in confiscation of the fireworks, and issuance of a summons into municipal court, and a fine of up to $2,650. To avoid a summons, a costly fine, a possible fireworks-related injury, or starting a fire, leave fireworks shows to the professionals.

Each year, Fort Collins emergency dispatchers receive hundreds of fireworks complaint calls around July 4. If you'd like to report hearing/seeing fireworks, please visit to make an online report, which will be shared with Dispatch. If you need to report a fire, fireworks-related injury, or other emergency, please call 911.

Poudre Fire Authority investigates fires that are started by fireworks every year. Fireworks are disruptive to pet and neighbors, including some people with PTSD, while pets can become frightened or disoriented by the sounds. Please resist the urge to take pets to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep them safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home, as advised by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. More animals run away from home on July 4 than any other day of the year, according to the Larimer Humane Society.

If lighting off your own fireworks isn’t an option in Fort Collins, how can you and your family possibly celebrate? Leave fireworks to the professionals, and enjoy any of the many Independence Day festivities happening across Northern Colorado.


Contact: Poudre Fire Authority General Media Line: 970-658-5502, cGZhbWVkaWFAcG91ZHJlLWZpcmUub3Jn

Everyone Has Flood Risks: Know Yours


Marsha Hilmes-Robinson |  Utilities | bWhpbG1lc3JvYmluc29uQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==

Fort Collins typically experiences monsoonal moisture during the last two weeks of July and first two weeks of August, which can lead to slow moving storms and heavy rainfall. Flooding in Fort Collins also can occur as a result of snowmelt in the spring and intense thunderstorms at any time.

Community members need to know the risks and the steps to take to protect themselves, their families and property. Floodplain maps change frequently due to infrastructure improvements and updated mapping. Currently, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is remapping the Poudre River. Preliminary maps for the Poudre River are expected in 2019. Interactive floodplain maps can be viewed at

Neighborhood Night Out is Coming Soon!


Julie Wenzel | Neighborhood Services | andlbnplbEBmY2dvdi5jb20=

Neighborhood Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 7. It’s an evening to gather with neighbors at block parties, potlucks, pool parties, ice cream socials, bike parades, and more. If you register your event here by 7/23, you’ll receive goodies and might be visited by City Staff or Council members.

Consider applying for a neighborhood grant to help offset your event costs by up to $400 here. The deadline to apply for this social grant is 7/13.

Learn more about Neighborhood Night Out, get ideas, and learn new games here. Call Neighborhood Services with questions or if you need help with registration: (970) 224-6046.   

Enjoy a special evening with your community!

Community Welcome


Jenn | Community Liaison, CSU and City of Fort Collins |anJpZXNrYW1wQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==

Every year, just prior to the fall semester, the City of Fort Collins and Colorado State University collaborate to foster positive community relations between new students and long-term residents of Fort Collins. Volunteers visit more than 2,000 of the residences that surround the CSU campus and chat with neighbors about various topics. Often, this event serves to raise the community’s awareness of new and existing ordinances in Fort Collins. This year’s Community Welcome is set to take place Wednesday, August 22, 2018.

The event is meant to help students and long-term residents of Fort Collins connect and find a sense of community early in the fall semester. The volunteers will encourage neighbors to introduce themselves and exchange contact information. Volunteers in the past have ranged from CSU Athletic Director to the Larimer Humane Society Animal Control Service.

Core supporters involved in the effort across the campus and city include members of law enforcement. Police officers from the City of Fort Collins and from CSU join forces to foster positive connections with students and residents of the city. This event encourages positive interactions with campus and city police officers.

This event would not be possible without the individuals who volunteer and help introduce Fort Collins as a welcoming community. “Rams support Rams and the entire community,” Jeannie Ortega, director of Off-Campus Life, said.

To volunteer and RSVP for the event, visit We look forward to having positive interactions with you when we are out during this event.

City Plan Update - Community Visioning Summary

Meaghan Overton | CDNS/Planning | bW92ZXJ0b25AZmNnb3YuY29t

Over the last two months, the City Plan team has been working with the community to update and refine the current City Plan vision. More than 600 community members have shared their thoughts about the values and objectives they want to prioritize the most as Fort Collins prepares for the next 20 years.

Shared Values

Across many different meetings, livability, sustainability, and community were consistently ranked as the top three values for community members. The Visioning Event Summary on the City Plan website has information about how people defined each of these values, and what participants would like to prioritize in the updated City Plan vision.

Next Steps

During the summer the City Plan team will be working on developing scenarios that describe what Fort Collins might look and feel like in the future. We will be sharing the updated vision and scenarios in late August/early September, so stay tuned for upcoming meetings and online activities!

Get Up To Speed

If you want to know more about what's happened so far with City Plan, here are a few ways to get up to speed:  

  1. Check out the draft City Plan Trends and Forces Report. This report highlights major trends and key issues facing our community.
  2. Review materials, summaries, and individual comments from public events the City Plan document library.
  3. Join the conversation online! You can contribute to forum discussions, ask questions, and sign up for project updates at

Questions? Need more information? Email us at Y2l0eXBsYW5AZmNnb3YuY29t

Your Electric Rate is Changing


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Fort Collins Utilities will transition to Time-of-Day (TOD) electric pricing for all residential customers in October 2018.

With TOD pricing, when you use electricity is as important as how much electricity you use. The price you pay changes based on the time of day and includes off-peak and on-peak hours. Off-peak hours cost less than what you currently pay with higher prices during on-peak hours.

Here’s How It Works

TOD has two levels of pricing: off-peak and on-peak, and two seasons: non-summer and summer.

Off-peak hours cost approximately 30 percent less than current electric rates. On-peak prices are approximately three times higher than off-peak prices because that’s when both demand and utility costs for electricity increase.

  • Off-peak: 19–20 hours each weekday, all weekend hours and major holidays
  • On-peak non-summer (October–April) hours: 5–9 p.m., weekdays only
  • On-peak summer (May–September) hours: 2–7 p.m., weekdays only

Why TOD?

As electric use increases during on-peak times, so do utility costs to purchase and distribute it. TOD prices reflect the varying electricity costs throughout the day and provide a more equitable way to charge customers.

Take Control of Your Electric Bill

TOD pricing gives you the flexibility to control your electric bill.

  • Shift your electric use to off-peak times.
  • Use less during on-peak hours.
  • Reduce your overall electric use.

Remember, it’s not just about using less electricity, it’s also about using electricity at the right time of day.

Learn more at, call 970-212-2900 or V/TDD 711.


Outdoor Residential Burning


Cassie Archuleta | Environmental Services | Y2FyY2h1bGV0YUBmY2dvdi5jb20=

The City is reviewing policies on outdoor residential wood burning, such as backyard use of fire pits for campfires. As the community continues to grow, how do we balance our enjoyment of the outdoors with concerns about air quality and health impacts? In 2017, City Council identified air quality impacts from outdoor burning as a priority issue to investigate in 2018. While many people enjoy outdoor wood fires, others - especially those with respiratory conditions such as asthma - can be adversely affected by the particle emissions in wood smoke which can cross property lines. Many communities in Colorado and elsewhere have different degrees of voluntary programs, and rules and regulations that limit the amount of wood smoke in residential neighborhoods. Let us know your thoughts at

Summer Event Impact Survey


Jan Sawyer | Special Events Coordinator | amFzYXd5ZXJAZmNnb3YuY29t

Summer in Fort Collins is filled with fun times with family and friends, music, and community festivals and events. Festivals and events add vibrancy and provide economic benefits to our community, and we understand that they impact the neighborhoods where they take place.

We are asking for your help to determine what type of impacts you have experienced from events in your neighborhood, the best way for events to communicate with you, and how we might minimize impacts from events in held neighborhoods.

Please take a moment to share your thoughts with us by completing the short neighborhood event survey found here:

Thank you and enjoy your summer!