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Dept Head: Kurt Friesen

Sugar Beet Park

City of Fort Collins' newest neighborhood park will be located on the southwest corner of East Vine Drive and 9th Street, Fort Collins.

The new park will feature a picnic pavilion, playground, open turf field, and pollinator garden. Learn about the history of beet farming and how it played a role in the design of the park, and join us in the fall for the Grand Opening of this fun and historical tribute to Fort Collins. 

Follow us on the progress of the park. 

Status Milestone Date Location Description
Complete Once Upon a Playground January 29-May 26, 2019 Fort Collins Museum of Discovery Exhibit at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery features the large beet playground structure. 
Complete Groundbreaking March 26, 2019 East Vine Drive & 9th Street Join us as we break ground for the new park. 
In Progress Construction Summer 2019 East Vine Drive & 9th Street We're building the park!
Upcoming Project Developments
Coming Soon Grand Opening  Fall 2019 East Vine Drive & 9th Street Learn the history of the park, play on the features, and discover the pollinator garden at this community celebration. 

View photos related to the project, including photos taken when the beet play structure was at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. 


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

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.

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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)

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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.

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Facebook: Watch the Groundbreaking on Facebook Live

We're going live and ready to announce the name of Fort Collins' newest community park. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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