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Eastside Park Improvements Completed Thanks to Generous Community Donation

Released on Tuesday, October 27, 2020
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  • Jennifer Torrey, RLA, LEED AP, Senior Landscape Architect, 970-221-6303,, Website:
  • Nina Bodenhamer, Director, City Give, ,

The City of Fort Collins recently celebrated completion of park improvements at Eastside Park. Thanks to a generous donation from community partner, First United Methodist Church, the park received a significant number of upgrades, improvements and repairs.

Planning efforts for the park improvement project began early last year when First United Methodist Church celebrated their 150-year anniversary, identifying Eastside Park as an ideal project to celebrate the milestone achievement. Working closely with City Give, the City of Fort Collins’ support team for philanthropic gifts, Park Planning & Development, local neighborhood stakeholders and other City departments, needs and wants were identified for the park and then pulled together into final plans.

“First United Methodist Church of Fort Collins is honored to have played a leading role in the refurbishment of Eastside Park. We felt so blessed that the opportunity to support and participate in this project came to our attention. It was the perfect way for us to invest in our neighbors and do something to improve the quality of life for all of us,” said Dr. Melanie Rosa, Lead Pastor at First United Methodist Church.

Managed by Park Planning & Development, notable improvements to the park include safer pathway lighting, new seating and planting areas, updated park identification signs, new benches, picnic tables, bike racks, BBQ grills, and a new soft surface pathway through the park.

The City of Fort Collins recently held a small ribbon cutting ceremony at Eastside Park to recognize and celebrate the improvements, and donative partnership, with First United Methodist Church. A highlight video from the ceremony can be viewed here.

“City Gives’ unique role is to offer a point of entry to the City for those wanting to give back to our local community,” says Nina Bodenhamer, Director of City Give. “We live in a generous community and are so appreciative of the creative and valuable ways local organizations, such as First United Methodist Church, are able to give back.”

For more information about Eastside Park and to view the highlight video, visit

To learn more about City Give, visit