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Dept Head: Kurt Friesen

Poudre River Whitewater Park

Located just north of Old Town, kayakers, tubers and kids of all ages will be able to enjoy the Poudre River and all it has to offer. This park will bring the river back to a more natural state, help connect the river to downtown, provide safe access to the river, and improve the river floodplain.

logo and text for grand opening. Details below.

Poudre River Whitewater Park
Grand Opening Celebration

Saturday, October 12 | 10 a.m. - noon
Ribbon Cutting | 10:30 a.m.

201 E. Vine Drive, Fort Collins

The Poudre River Whitewater Park is a milestone achievement for the City of Fort Collins and would not have been possible without the passion, dedication, and support of our community.

Join us at the grand opening to learn more about the planning and construction of the park, along with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and onsite live musical entertainment.

Guests are encouraged to visit nearby businesses and restaurants at the close of the grand opening event. Check out the local, whitewater-themed promotions to commemorate this special day!


Follow us on the progress of the park. 

Status Milestone Date Location Description
Complete Groundbreaking August 23, 2018 Heritage Park A groundbreaking event was hosted to mark the start of construction. 
In progress Estimated completion September 2019 Poudre River Whitewater Park Poudre River Whitewater Park will be open to the public. 
Upcoming Project Developments
Coming Soon Grand Opening October 12, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon Poudre River Whitewater Park Learn from our partners about the design of the park and its significance to the River District. Also, explore the park in its entirety. 

Photo Gallery

rendering of Poudre River Whitewater Park

View photos related to the project.


Live Progress

View live video feed of the construction progress. 

Live Progress

Bridge Installation

Watch a video of the pedestrian bridge being installed. 

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Review our presentations and supporting documents from park conception through construction to learn more about the project and park concepts. 

In the News

Coloradoan: Poudre River Whitewater Park grand opening is Saturday

The Poudre River Whitewater Park grand opening celebration Saturday will mark the completion of a Fort Collins attraction years in the making. 

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Collegian: Poudre River Whitewater Park to open mid-September

The construction of Poudre River Whitewater Park, located just east of North College Avenue and north of Old Town, is almost complete.

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Coloradoan: What to expect when Fort Collins' Poudre River Whitewater Park opens next month

Poudre River Whitewater Park will open in mid-September after years of effort to fund, plan and build the $11.5 million, 11-acre testament to Fort Collins’ passion for the Poudre.

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9News: $11 Million Fort Collins whitewater park set to open in September

Watch a story about the Poudre River Whitewater Park on 9News. 

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North Forty News: Floaters take heed

“The Poudre River Whitewater Park will be an incredible addition to our city. It will offer a unique opportunity to experience the river in downtown,” ...

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Area-Info: Poudre River Whitewater Park on track to open this summer

Construction zone remains closed to the public. Anticipation is rising for the new Poudre River Whitewater Park, especially as spring runoff and sunny days tempt river-goers to rushing waters...

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Denver 7News: Old Town makeover in Fort Collins to include 'convertible' street

The city of Fort Collins has big plans to expand Old Town square all the way to the Poudre River....

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Coloradoan: Whitewater Park pedestrian bridge install

Watch the installation of the pedestrian bridge as it is added to the Poudre River Whitewater Park. 

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Coloradoan: Fort Collins' Poudre Whitewater Park pedestrian bridge installed

Crews move the Graham Family Bridge, a pedestrian bridge spanning the Cache la Poudre River funded by a $1 million donation by Jack and Ginger Graham...

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Coloradoan: Poudre River fish kill likely unrelated to whitewater park construction

An unexplained fish kill on the Poudre River doesn't appear to be connected to Fort Collins' construction of a whitewater park a few miles upstream...

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Coloradoan: See the start of Fort Collins whitewater park construction

The contractor for the Fort Collins whitewater park is starting to lay the groundwork for building out the project...

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Coloradoan: Construction underway for downtown Fort Collins whitewater park

Usually, if a giant piece of construction equipment is in a river, some project manager would be readying words that wouldn't suit a church on a Sunday...

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Coloradoan: Industrial revolution, Fort Collins' urban whitewater park disguises restoration as recreation

A crest of concrete spans the water, sending it on a sloping cascade instead of the natural rolls expected of a river...

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Coloradoan: Water storage project NISP won't drain whitewater park, Fort Collins officials say

The Poudre River's water is more wanted than, well, a drink of water on a hot summer day...

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Coloradoan: Golden oars mark start of yearlong paddle toward Fort Collins whitewater park

Golden shovels — as impractical as they are for digging ditches — are even less useful for paddling kayaks...

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North Forty News: The Poudre Whitewater Park is so much more

Beginning in August, work will begin on a project referred to as The Poudre Whitewater Park...

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Collegian: City Council passes appropriation of $1.5 million into Poudre River Whitewater Park project

Fort Collins city councilmembers reviewed a total of 13 consent items and three discussion items during last night’s city council meeting, but the discussion of the Poudre River Whitewater Park Project was the biggest item discussed during the meeting...

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Coloradoan: Volunteers push for Poudre River kayak park project

Poudre Whitewater Park volunteers pledged $1 million to the project and have raised roughly $400K in private donations...

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What to expect when Fort Collins' Poudre River Whitewater Park opens next month