The City of Fort Collins is actively monitoring the developments of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and working with City, State, and County public health partners to maintain the use of parks and natural areas.
Per State and County Stay-At-Home orders, the following changes will take effect immediately in all City parks:
- Playgrounds, shelters, picnic areas, and dog parks are closed.
- Golf courses are open for people to walk/run, but in the interest of public safety, no golfing (i.e. hitting a ball) activities are allowed.
- Bathrooms will remain open at this time.
In order to keep our remaining park spaces open for the public, all users are asked to recreate responsibly and follow the guidelines below:
- Refrain from using parks or trails if you are exhibiting symptoms of illness.
- Observe the minimum recommended physical distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, try to find an alternate location or leave the area.
- Wash or sanitize hands before and after visiting a park/trail space. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Share the trail: while on trails, alert other users of your presence and as they pass, step aside to let others pass.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
For the most current information, visit the City of Fort Collins Coronavirus (COVID-19) Informational Page, as well as the Center for Disease Control, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and Larimer County Health Department.
- Dog Park Rules
- Owners must clean up after their pets.
- No aggressive dogs allowed.
- Dogs must be licensed and vaccinated.
- Puppies under 4 months prohibited.
- Spayed/Neutered Animals recommended.
- Leaving dogs unattended prohibited.
- Limit 3 dogs per visit.
- Dogs in heat prohibited.
- Young children must be supervised.
- Owners must carry a leash at all times.
- Please keep gates closed.
- Clean Up After Your Dog
Please be a responsible dog owner and clean up after your dog. When you help keep the park and trails clean, the next person walking though a park or along the trail will be able to enjoy their experience.
Dog waste-bag dispensers are available in all City parks and along the trail system. The bags are compostable, and there are trash cans available throughout the parks and along the trail for easy disposal.
- City Policy and Code
- Dogs and cats must be licensed. (Sec 4-31)
- Dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies. (Sec 4-51)
- Owner is responsible for removal of animal waste on public property and private property (not owned by owner of pet). (Sec 4-71)
- Animals MUST be on a leash/restrained in the City, except in designated/signed areas permitting such. (4-93)
Fossil Creek Dog Park
Location: Fossil Creek Park, 5821 S. Lemay Ave.
Canines and owners are welcome to let go of the leashes and run freely within the fenced-in area. The park is 3/4 to one acre in size and also includes a small fenced off area for small or shy dogs. There is a drinking fountain located within the double fence at the entrance to provide water for you and your pets. Rules and regulations are posted near the entrance. There is no charge for entrance into this park.
Soft Gold Dog Park
Location: Soft Gold Neighborhood Park, 520 Hickory Street
The one-acre dog park is fenced and canines and owners are welcome to let go of the leashes and run freely within the fenced area. Rules and regulations are posted near the entrance. There is no charge for entrance to the park.
Spring Canyon Dog Park
Location: Spring Canyon Community Park, west end of Horsetooth Road
The site is a fenced 2-3 acre area where dogs are permitted to run without leashes. All regulations are posted at the site, including all animal feces are to be picked up by the dog handlers. Bags and trash cans are provided.
This popular park was developed in cooperation with the Larimer County Humane Society and gives dog owners a chance to exercise their dogs legally off-leash. Recent additions include a fenced-in area for small and shy dogs and a water fountain for you and your pet.
Twin Silo Dog Park
Location: Twin Silo Community Park, 5480 Ziegler Road
Canines and owners are welcome to let go of the leashes and run freely within the fenced-in area. The park is one-acre in size and also includes a small fenced off area for small or shy dogs. There is a drinking fountain located by the main gate to provide water for you and your pets. Rules and regulations are posted near the entrance. There is no charge for entrance into this park.
Future Dog Parks
It is the intent of Park Planning staff to build dog parks throughout the city to allow more areas where dog owners can safely allow their pets off-leash.
Dog parks are also being planned for the northeast and northwest parts of town. Their construction and completion will come about as funding and resources are made available.