The Recreation Department is your community resource for staying active and connected in the Fort Collins community. We offer programs and activities for all ages and abilities.
Mission And Vision
Exceptional service for an exceptional community.
To provide world-class municipal services through operational excellence and a culture of innovation.
Donate to Recreation
For over 50 years the City of Fort Collins Recreation Department has provided high quality recreational opportunities to the community. We are passionate about our community's health and well-being. We are dedicated to enriching and preserving the amazing lifestyle that this community deeply values. When you support the Recreation Department, you join us in our mission. Your financial contribution will benefit the entire community. Your support will directly affect lives and help Fort Collins remain a vibrant and engaged community. Donations made to the City of Fort Collins Recreation Department may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax professional to learn more about your deduction options. Please use the online form below to start the donation process.
The City of Fort Collins Parks and Recreation Departments have developed new policies related to air quality, extreme heat, and drought. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Weather Service provided information to help us establish important guidelines and practices related to environmental best practices. We incorporated these guidelines to create consistent and efficient responses to public health concerns related to these events. Our new policies will allow Recreation and Parks participants and staff to appropriately respond to a variety circumstances related to air quality and extreme heat.
Drought Policy (coming soon)
An Anecdotal History Of The Recreation Department
The Anecdotal History of Parks and Recreation was compiled and written by Jean Helburg, retired Recreation Director. She was employed by the City of Fort Collins Recreation Department for 38 years and retired in early 2009.
The document linked below will share the rich history of the Fort Collins Parks and Recreation Department. A general chronological history can be found in Chapters 1-5. Chapter 6 is a recounting of a more detailed history of recreation facilitied and therapeutic recreation. Separate chapters are included about Logos and Themes (Ch. 7) and Awards and Recognitions (Ch. 8).
Click here to view the Anecdotal History of Parks and Recreation.
Fax: (970) 416-2278
Marketing and Community Relations
The Farm and Child Development
Fitness Programs and Northside Aztlan Community Center
Sports Programs and Foothills Activity Center
Senior Center and 50+ Programs
2015-2017 Operational Plan
The City of Fort Collins Recreation Department chose to initiate its very first operational planning process in January 2014 with the intention of ensuring organizational improvement and effectiveness.
View the Operational Plan and the Final Report.
Our Operational Plan will guide Recreation's progress through 2017. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact Recreation Director, Bob Adams at 970.221.6354 or YmFkYW1zQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==.