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Local partnership brings history and art to Poudre River Whitewater Park

Released on Tuesday, July 7, 2020
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A recent addition of art to the City of Fort Collins is making its debut at the Poudre River Whitewater Park.

Thanks to support provided by the Poudre Heritage Alliance, Downtown Development Authority and other community donors, visitors to the park can now learn about the history and importance of the Cache la Poudre River, and its long-lasting impacts on agriculture, industry and recreation in Fort Collins. The artwork has recognizable iconography and a QR code, linking visitors to deeper information on the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area and its significance in Colorado. To learn more about the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area, visit

The sculpture, titled Heritage Gateway, was recently installed at the Poudre River Whitewater Park along the Poudre Trail across from Whitewater, the wave shelter located on the south bank of the river. Both works were created by Art in Public Places (APP) artist John Davis. Heritage Gateway was supported by donations to the City’s APP program. To learn more about APP, visit

The Poudre River Whitewater Park has begun its inaugural summer season with high flows, and plenty of activities onsite including walking paths, a pedestrian bridge, trail connections, play area and a covered shelter structure. Please recreate responsibly and follow all posted signage when visiting the park. For details regarding the Poudre River Whitewater Park, visit