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A Clean, Accessible River Park In Downtown Fort Collins:
Help Make The Poudre Whitewater Park A Reality

Imagine a place just a few blocks from Old Town Fort Collins where people of all ages can gather for year-round recreation and to enjoy the Poudre River.

This dream is the Poudre Whitewater Park.

Right now, Fort Collins has the opportunity to reclaim an abandoned water diversion area along the Poudre River and transform it into the crown jewel of the city’s many riverside parks. The park would reconnect stream ecosystems that are currently divided and create a variety of improvements for year-round recreation, including tubing, fishing, surfing, swimming, riverboarding and kayaking. Landscaping and other modifications would improve access, reestablish aquatic and riparian zone habitats, and restore the area to a more natural appearance.

Whitewater parks use underwater and riverside landscaping with natural and unobtrusive materials to create a series of waves and pools for swimming, surfing and other fun. They’re a beautiful place to play with the kids, go for a picnic, read a book, or jump in and play yourself. Imagine taking a hot afternoon and learning to surf or kayak, or bringing the family to watch the show.

Like 22 other destination cities and towns across the state, Fort Collins would see the benefits of having a clean, fun and accessible place to play in the river, while providing a positive economic impact to the city. Other cities with whitewater parks have experienced an exceptional return on their investment: Reno’s whitewater park draws in an estimated $6 million a year in tourism dollars, with an initial cost of only $4.5 million to build it. Former Reno mayor Robert Cashell called it “the best capital investment project I made in 10 years of being mayor."

City council has already approved this project, but it still needs to be funded. Please help us realize the dream of a city that stands apart from the rest with this beautiful addition to an already amazing place to live. Click Donate and make the Whitewater Park a reality.*

*To have your gift benefit from the Colorado Gives Day statewide $1 million incentive fund, donate on Tuesday, Dec. 9th or schedule your donation to occur on that date. In addition to the statewide $1 million incentive fund, Colorado Gives Day gifts made to Larimer County nonprofits may also benefit from local prizes and awards that increase the value of those donations.

(To schedule your donation in advance of the big day, simply click the Donate link and then select the “CO Gives Day" button as you fill out your information. Your donation will automatically be processed on December 9th.)

More information about the project can be found at Poudre Whitewater Park.
 

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This is obviously our official note, all of you know exactly what a whitewater park is :).

If you can help us out, please try and make your donation a "Colorado Gives Day" donation by selecting the "CO GIVES DAY" button before Dec 9th!

Thanks for all of your support. We start construction the fall of 2016!
 

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Address to send donations

Community Foundation of Northern Colorado
Poudre Whitewater Park Fund
4745 Wheaton Dr #100
Fort Collins, CO 80525
 

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Briank: yes. The total cost to rebuild the area known as Reach 3 of the Poudre River Master plan will cost around $7 million to complete. There's a ton of work in this area including narrowing the channel, a bridge, a surrounding park, parking, and... a whitewater park. $4 million of this is from BOB II. $1.5 million is from fundraising. We the community have committed to raising $1 million privately for the project to cover all of the in-stream features. Though the features won't cost this much, the rest of the community raised funds will be dedicated to restoring and enhancing habitat in this reach.
 

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Poudre Whitewater Park!!! Hooray! Donate we say! It's Colorado Gives day... I just made my donation. Your turn. Go!
 
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