Top City And Town Parks In Northern Colorado

March 2, 2011 6:26 PM

The cities and town of Northern Colorado are full of parks, including city parks, neighborhood parks, dog parks and more. Each community has it’s own character which is reflected in it’s parks. The lifeblood of Fort Collins, for instance, is the Poudre River and many parks dot its shores. Berthoud’s nickname is “The Garden Spot” and this tiny town lives up to its name with ten area parks. Without further adieu here are the best city and town parks in Northern Colorado

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Boardwalk Community Park

Located at 100 N. 5th Street along the shores of Windsor Lake.
Windsor, Colorado

This 12-acre park has a something for everyone. The kids will love the state-of-the-art playground, while adults will enjoy access to the lake, walking trails and shelters for picnicking. History buffs can amuse themselves by touring the Windsor Museum at Boardwalk Park – a collection of four historic buildings, including Windsor’s original train station and a pioneer church.

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Spring Canyon Park

Located at 2626 W. Horsetooth Road in southwest Fort Collins. Parking is on the north and south sides of the park.
Fort Collins, Colorado

This 100-acre park took 20 months to construct, but it was worth the wait. It features Inspiration Playground, Colorado’s first universally accessible playground, a two-acre dog park with a pond where Fido can take a swim, and a free-ride mountain biking course. The park also includes all the traditional amenities of a park, such as picnic areas and ball fields. Spring Canyon Park also connects the city’s paved trail system with Spring Creek Trail and Fossil Creek Trail connecting in the park.

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Fairground Park Pavilions

Located at 700 S. Railroad Avenue, south of historic downtown.
Loveland, Colorado

Previously the home of the Old Larimer County Fairgrounds, this new park is a modern facility offering lots of amenities. The extensive grounds feature ball fields, two large pavilions, two playground areas, covered and uncovered picnic areas, a dog park, a skate park, a seasonal spray park, a basketball court and so much more including an historic bridge and access to Loveland’s paved interurban trail. This park is a sparkling jewel in Loveland’s crown.

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Hillsdale Park

Located south of Kansas Avenue, multiple entrances.
Berthoud, Colorado

For a town of just 5,000, Berthoud has a lot of parks. Whatever you are looking to do in a park, there’s probably one in town that fits the bill. Roberts Park has a pond for fishing, Fickel Park has tennis courts, Bein Park has baseball fields and there are even more, but Hillsdale is my pick for the best park in Berthoud because of its 11 acres of walking trails. Located just south of charming downtown, Hillsdale Park is a good place to take the kids for a short hike, do a little bird watching, or walk the dog at twilight.

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Meadow Park

Located just west of the intersection of Hwy 7 (5th Ave.) and Railroad Ave.
Lyons, Colorado

Lyons, Colorado is another small town with a lot of outstanding parks. This park, located in town, is both a summer and winter destination. The park is bounded on three sides by the St. Vrain River and by beautiful sandstone cliffs. The park has picnic sites, horseshoe pits, and a baseball diamond. In the summer guests enjoy excellent fishing and during the winter visitors can skate on the outdoor park ice rink. Be sure to visit the Meadow Park Shelter House as it as been designated an historic site. Fee camping is available from April 15 to October 1.

~Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is the Mayor of and a freelance writer from Northern Colorado. Follow her on Twitter at @HeidiTown.