Sugar Beet Park
City of Fort Collins' newest neighborhood park will be located on the southwest corner of East Vine Drive and 9th Street.
This new park will feature a picnic pavilion, playground, open turf field, pollinator garden, and more. Learn the history of beet farming and how it played a role in the design of the park while at the grand opening celebration this fall.
September 28, 2019 | 10 a.m.-noon
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony | 10:30 a.m.
Southwest corner of E. Vine Dr. & 9th St.
We invite you to join in celebrating the opening of Sugar Beet Park.
Learn about how the sugar beet industry played a part in Fort Collins history and the design of Sugar Beet Park. Also, tour the park to see the pollinator garden, meet park design experts, and play on the giant sugar beet play structure.
Parking available at the Streets Building, 625 9th St. If you are in need of ADA accessible parking, there will be a select number of spaces available at the park on the southwest corner of E. Vine Dr. & 9th St.
Follow us on the progress of the park.
|Complete||Once Upon a Playground||January 29-May 26, 2019||Fort Collins Museum of Discovery||The exhibit at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery featured the oversized beet playground structure.|
|Complete||Groundbreaking||March 26, 2019||East Vine Drive & 9th Street||A groundbreaking event was hosted to mark the start of construction.|
|In Progress||Construction||Summer 2019||East Vine Drive & 9th Street||We're building the park!|
|Upcoming Project Developments|
|Coming Soon||Grand Opening||September 28, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon||East Vine Drive & 9th Street||Learn about the design of the park and how it ties into the history of the old sugar beet factory. Also, explore the largest pollinator garden in Fort Collins.|
Review our presentations and supporting documents from park conception through construction to learn more about the project and park concepts.
In the News
- RMParent Magazine: Cover Photo
RMParent Magazine took a trip to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery to see the Sugar Beet Park beet. The play structure is featured on the cover of the magazine.
- USA Today: Seals, sugar beets, Mott the Hoople's return: New from around our 50 states
The city’s newest park will be coming together soon, after a groundbreaking Tuesday. Sugar Beet Park is slated to open late this summer.(External link)
- Coloradoan: City unveils name, breaks ground on Fort Collins' beet-centric park
Fort Collins' newest park will be coming together soon, and it has a fittingly sweet name. The city broke ground on the new neighborhood park near the city's Tres Colonias neighborhoods Tuesday.
- Facebook: Watch the Groundbreaking on Facebook Live
We're going live and ready to announce the name of Fort Collins' newest community park.
- Earthscape: We got the beet
Play, as we see it, is the raw resource needed to grow creativity and innovation. Playground designers may just have the sweetest job in the world because every project is another opportunity to dig in and play.
- Earthscape: Fort Collins sugar beet playground
The location of Streets Park in Fort Collins is central to three neighborhoods, known as the Tres Colonias, where many employees of the Great Western Sugar Factory lived. The factory, which harvested and processed sugar beets, was in operation for the first half of the 19th century and played a pivotal role in the development of industry in the city.
- Coloradoan: Fort Collins museum unveils playground exhibit, giant sugar beet
Snaking through a corridor lined with black-and-white photographs, you could almost feel it — the pinch of creaky swing set chains on tiny, unsuspecting fingers, the vertigo induced by the relentless spin of a merry-go-round, the searing burn of a metal slide on a hot summer day.