Parks Life Cycle Program#
The Parks Life Cycle Program is an asset management program that was initiated in 1993. The program provides project management services for the replacement and/or renovation of the aging park system infrastructure. The park system infrastructure includes over 1,000 varied park assets within many different component categories including: hardscapes, buildings, fields, trails, courts, structures, playgrounds, irrigation, medians, water, ADA improvements, and others.
The goals of the Life Cycle Program or Asset Management Program are to:
- Replace or restore components to substantially the same original condition, purpose, and efficiency
- Bring new components up to current codes and guidelines
- Follow the Park Department's mission to provide excellent care of parks and public spaces for the community
Projects are prioritized based on available funding; focusing on health and safety concerns and regulatory mandates. The program also looks for opportunities to replace outdated, resource intensive infrastructure with more sustainable infrastructure that meets current codes and best management practices.
The Life Cycle Program is essential to keeping park facilities and infrastructure safe and in usable condition while enhancing the infrastructure and supporting the growing demands in the parks. The Program is imperative to preserving equity within the City to ensure that every household, regardless of the age of the neighborhood, is served.
Golden Meadows Playground Renovation#
The playground at Golden Meadows Park is currently in planning stages, which includes a survey sent out to neighbors in the area of the park. Feedback from the survey is summarized below.
The neighborhood feedback survey received 102 responses. A majority of those who responded were 30-49 years of age with over 50% of respondents indicating that they visited the playground area at least weekly. The respondents identified preschool (3-5 years) and grade school (5-12 years) as the ages who utilize the playground area most. Favorite playground features included: swings, climbing and upper body equipment, and slides. Over half of the respondents indicated they’d like to see non-traditional play elements in the playground design and the elements identified included: climbing feature, zipline, and splash pad.
The provided feedback will be used in the planning phase of the playground and surrounding area. Construction is anticipated in 2021.
Rolland Moore Racquetball Courts
More extensive repairs are needed to the 37 year old structure, and planning is underway for additional construction.
Rolland Moore Basketball Courts
Resurfacing of all 5 basketball courts scheduled for late August, 2020.
Edora Park Restroom
Concrete work will be done outside the Edora restroom building, by the baseball fields, to improve water drainage.
Life Cycle Program completes an average of 30 - 40 projects per year. Projects include items like: playground renovations, court asphalt repairs and replacement, minor irrigation renovations, walkway and bridge replacement, lighting upgrades, park roadway and parking lot repairs and renovations, building renovations and improvements, fencing replacement, etc.
The Program supports repair, replacement and renovation of more than 1,000 varied park assets within many different component categories as described through the link below.
Frequently Asked Questions#
To view which medians and parkways are maintained by Parks, you can navigate around the below map. Click "display legend" on the top of the map to see how the different colors are categorized.
Residents can report an issue, including an issue with irrigation, through Access Fort Collins. If an area is not maintained by the Parks Department, see above question on how to locate, Neighborhood Services will respond to the issue. Learn more about Neighborhood Services on our Code Compliance web page.
All parks can be viewed through our parks map.
New parks or large updates to parks can be viewed through our Park Planning & Development web page. If there is a change of use to a park, that change will be managed through the Park Planning and Development Department.
Community members can also attend the Parks and Recreation Board meetings where a time in the agenda is set aside for community participation.
Neighborhood parks are within walking distance of the neighborhoods they are intended to serve while Community parks serve large residential areas of the city.
Community Parks in Fort Collins include: City Park, Rolland Moore Park, Lee Martinez Park, Edora Park, Fossil Creek Park, Spring Canyon Park, and Twin Silo Park.
The Trust for Public Land has shown that park systems benefit cities through increased property value, tourism, direct use, health, community cohesion, and reductions in stormwater infrastructure and air pollution.
NRPA's Economic Impact of Local Parks Report not only demonstrates that the nation's local parks generate more than $166 billion in economic activity per year and support more than 1.1 million jobs from operations and capital spending alone, but also highlights the significant economic contributions of local parks in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This report demonstrates that parks are powerful engines of valuable economic activity and deserve support and recognition from elected officials, policymakers and the public.
NRPA's Promoting Parks and Recreation's Role in Economic Development Report explored the role that quality park amenities play in 21st century regional economic development. This report highlights the important supporting role parks and recreation in recruiting and retaining businesses and skilled workers.
Property development impacts parks at a variety of levels; from increased traffic to affecting irrigation and/or our water resources. The Life Cycle Program actively participates in the development review process in order to protect and ensure the long term viability of our resources. Parks has assets all over the city ranging from ditch laterals to trails and irrigation systems that could be potentially impacted by a new development or redevelopment of an existing site. By partnering with property owners and developers, we protect and preserve our assets.