Category: Local

Country Club Estates & Nedrah Acres

[ 0 ] September 23, 2016 |

Country Club Estates and Nedrah Acres are two of the most sought after neighborhoods in north Fort Collins. The homes in this area, built in the 50s, 60s & 70s, are some of the coolest and most unique around. If you’re looking for a mid-century modern home, for example, you may just find it in one of these neighborhoods. Read More

Tracks & Trails

[ 0 ] September 10, 2016 |

If you’ve lived in Northern Colorado for even a short time you have likely seen a copy of The Recreator ( at one place or another. In their own words, the City of Fort Collins website calls The Recreator a “comprehensive community resource that includes information on City of Fort Collins recreation facilities, programs, events and activities.” Yes, most of us are familiar with this local resource, but did you know the City of Fort Collins, through their Natural Areas Department, has also developed a guide to free events and activities, on City of Fort Collins Natural Areas, called Tracks & Trails?



Thumbing through a copy of Tracks & Trails you’ll find calendars from June through October filled with various activities for younger kids, older kids, really old kids (i.e., adults) and  families. For example, if you have a teen between 13-18 years of age, sign her/him up for the Nature Photography for Teens activity, to take place on October 5th. Or, if you want the entire family involved, take part in the Family Nature Club on October 15th. And if you want to leave the kids behind, sign up for one of the Science Behind the Scenery adult programs. Read More

Horsetooth Mountain Open Space & Horsetooth Reservoir

[ 0 ] July 6, 2016 |

Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, located four miles west of Fort Collins, covers 2,711 acres, includes 29 miles of hiking/biking trails, and ranges in elevation from 5,430 to 7,255 feet. With Horsetooth Rock as its most prominent landmark, Horsetooth Open Space offers a quick outdoor getaway for Northern Colorado residents and visitors. A hike might lead you to Horsetooth Falls or all the way to Horsetooth Rock, where you will find magnificent views of Fort Collins, Horsetooth Reservoir, and Longs Peak (on a clear day). Take advantage of living along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and enjoy a day (or even just a couple of hours!) at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space.

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Rolland Moore Park

[ 0 ] June 29, 2016 |

Rolland Moore park has grown into a beautiful space in west central Fort Collins. Ride or walk along tree-lined Spring Creek Trail, which winds its way through the north and west borders of the park. With mature trees and foliage, tennis, racquetball and basketball courts, volleyball pits, shelters, open green space, baseball fields, and two playgrounds, Rolland Moore Park is at the heart of outdoor activity in Fort Collins. It’s a great place to take in a baseball game on a warm summer evening or to enjoy a quiet picnic and a game of Frisbee with your family. In the spring & fall you’ll find kids soccer games on weekend mornings and early afternoons. Rolland Moore Park is another of Fort Collins fantastic city parks, and one not to miss!



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Rossborough Park

[ 0 ] June 16, 2016 |

Rossborough Park is located just north of the Rossborough subdivision and is located just blocks from Spring Creek Trail. The park includes a playground area for smaller children, a large/open field for fun & where you’ll often see children’s soccer games, and a basketball court. My favorite thing about Rossborough Park is the large field and the great views of Horsetooth Rock. Because Rossborough Park does not get as busy as the bigger parks, such as Spring Canyon and Fossil Creek, residents of Rossborough, and the surrounding subdivisions, know this park as something of a hidden gem.

Spring Canyon Park

[ 0 ] June 16, 2016 |

Spring Canyon Park, located in southwest Fort Collins, is the city’s most recent addition to its wonderful collection of city parks. Nestled against the beautiful backdrop of  Horsetooth Rock and the foothills, Spring Canyon Park has something for every member of your family. Many will arrive at Spring Canyon Park on bike by way of  Spring Creek Trail (west) to the north, or Fossil Creek Trail to the south. Boasting an impressive collection of playground equipment including a slide built into the rock hill, a large “fort,” and several slides, swings, ladders and bridges, Spring Canyon Park is also home to  Inspiration Playground, which features an environment and equipment accessible to children of all ages and abilities. Spring Canyon also features baseball fields, tennis courts, volleyball pits, basketball courts, a skate park, and large shelters with picnic tables. There are even water features for the kids in the summer, and a large dog park located near the parks south entrance. Visit this fantastic Fort Collins destination and discover the many ways to entertain and share time with your family at Spring Canyon Park!

Lee Martinez Park

[ 0 ] June 16, 2016 |


Just north of Old Town, Lee Martinez Park is an entertaining spot in Fort Collins. Just hop on your bikes and take the Poudre Trail right to the park. The playground is pretty small and often not that busy, but there’s plenty for the kids to do on the slides, swings, teeter totters and monkey bars. You’ll find lots of shade throughout the park from all the large trees as well as picnic shelters. Picnic tables set up around the playground which makes it easy on parents to watch the kids. There is fun for adults too with the 4 tennis courts, softball fields and it’s surrounded by walking trails.

What makes this park different from others in town is  The Farm right next to it. The Farm is almost like a small interactive zoo. They have sheep & goats for kids to feed; pigs, cows, horses, chickens to check out, and they offer fun activities like pony rides and hayrides. Kids can explore the barns, outbuildings, climb on farm equipment and learn a thing or two about agriculture. The Farm holds special events like Treatsylvania every Halloween, a safe place for kids under 10 to trick or treat and they have other programs like the ‘Pony Club’ and ‘Adopt An Animal.’

If your kids like more water features to cool off in the heat of the summer, this isn’t the park for that, but those are easy to find around Fort Collins. Check out  Spring Canyon Community Park or head to Oak Street Plaza and/or The Square in Old Town for some water fountain play. We are lucky to live in a community like Fort Collins with lots of activities for all ages!


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The Gardens on Spring Creek

[ 0 ] June 16, 2016 |

The Gardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins’ community-based botanical gardens and horticulture program, opened its doors in 2004. Centrally located at 2145 Centre Ave., The Gardens on Spring Creek offers a peaceful, beautiful, and educational experience for all Northern Colorado families and individuals of all ages. The Gardens currently comprise eight  demonstration gardens, including the Children’s Garden, the Wetland and Riparian Demonstration Site, the Daylily Demonstration Garden, and the Xeric Parkway Strip. There are even (very popular)  Community Garden plots available for $50 a year (plus a $50 refundable deposit) on a first-come-first-serve basis. In addition to serving as a wonderful outdoor refuse, The Gardens on Spring Creek offers youth and adult education programs, hosts field trips and  private events, and pairs with Colorado State University’s Department of Natural Sciences in various Citizen Science Programs. Sign up for the newsletter and stay informed about year-round special events and offerings. Although a recent addition to our city, The Gardens on Spring Creek has become a Fort Collins treasure.


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Look Familiar?

[ 0 ] November 1, 2015 |

One day back in 1951, Harper Goff, a Fort Collins’ artist, was shopping in London when he stopped to admire a model train set.  A second gentleman, with whom Goff struck up a conversation, was also admiring the model train. This serendipitous meeting and the relationship it began, were, in part, responsible for the architectural aesthetic of Main Street, USA, the gateway to Disneyland Park. Goff’s new acquaintance was none other than Walt Disney, and this chance meeting led first to Goff being hired by Walt Disney, and then to Goff eventually being charged with creating what is now Main Street, USA.  According to an article published at the  Fort Collins History Connection website,

In 1994, Richard Francaviglia, author of Main Street Revisited (University of Iowa Press, 1996), called Rheba Massey at the Local History Archive to perform research on his book.  Mr. Francaviglia had been to the Disneyland Archives to perform research and much to his surprise he found out that Harper Goff, a former resident of Fort Collins, had used Fort Collins and Walt Disney’s hometown, Marceline, Missouri as an inspiration and models for Disneyland’s Main Street USA.

So, next time you visit Disneyland, pay attention to the buildings on Main Street. You may get a sense that you’ve seen them, or maybe even been there, before.

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