Current Projects

Poudre River Trail Repairs

Due to floods in recent years, the riverbank along the Poudre River has incurred significant erosion in several sections that have or will affect the Poudre River Trail. A study of the trail corridor to consider options for repairing, replacing, or re-routing the trail was completed in mid-2019. From the study findings, several priority projects have been identified and will be undertaken as funding is available.

Poudre Ponds Recreational Fishery | TRAIL OPEN, FISHERY REMAINS CLOSED  The Poudre River trail section at Poudre Ponds remains open and construction by the City's Water & Sewer department in the ponds is in the final stages. With lower water levels during the project, NAT partnered with Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW)  to improve fish habitat within the pond, creating a better fishery when the pond is restocked and the property re-opens in mid-2022 once the pond can be refilled.

What is being done to improve the property and visitor experience? NAT staff are making improvements to the parking areas and repairing trail sections. NAT is also collaborating with CPW to improve and expand fish habitat in the pond, creating a better fishery when the pond is restocked and reopens. City of Greeley’s Water & Sewer Department is providing flood protection to the ponds, developing additional non-potable water storage capacity, and providing the ability to move water between the ponds as needed.

When will the property reopen and when can I fish again? The property will reopen once the pond can be re-filledcurrently estimated to be mid-2022.

A number of fish habitat structures were installed during the construction project, providing an opportunity for higher quality and more diverse fishery in the future. Rebuilding the fishery will be a process that will take several years to complete. CPW will stock Poudre Ponds will with fingerling (1-3”) fish, which will take a few years to grow to a fishable size starting in 2022. If fish are available, CPW will also stock the pond with 10” rainbow trout in the spring/summer of 2022 as well to kick start the fishery rebuilding process.

Which species of fish will be stocked in Poudre Ponds? Poudre Ponds is considered a warm water fishery and will primarily be stocked with panfish, bass, and perch, which are well suited to the habitat at Poudre Ponds. Catfish and trout may be stocked as well as the fishery matures.

Duran Section | Just downstream of the 71st Ave bridge, the riverbank has eroded along the trail and the area is prone to flooding. Design and permitting for this section are underway and construction will take place in mid-2022.

Narrows Section | East of 83rd Ave. and adjacent to the Signature Bluffs Natural Area, the Narrows section of the trail travels through blonde sandstone bluffs on one side and the Poudre River on the other. While this section is one of the most beautiful sections of the trail, it is also one of the most threatened. Hazard trees removal, rock scaling and fence repairs were completed in early February, increasing the safety of the section for users. In addition, several options are being investigated to address stability issues in this section including potentially re-routing this the trail or re-constructing this section in its current alignment. No construction is planned on this section at this time.

Find out more information about the history and current recreational opportunities along the Poudre River Trail.

Other Projects

Island Grove Trailhead (COMPLETED LATE 2021)

Funded by Quality of Life tax funds, the Island Grove trailhead serveS as a starting and stopping point at the current eastern reach of the regional Poudre River trail. The trailhead featureS a 30-car parking lot, ADA parking, restroom facilities, bike repair station, and public art. An informational sign will be installed at the new kiosk in mid-2022.

McCloskey Natural Area Trailhead

Funded primarily by a State Trails grant from Colorado Parks & Wildlife, improvements to the McCloskey trailhead were completed in 2019 and 2020 including a port-a-let structure, seating and tables. Remaining improvements are scheduled to be installed in early summer 2022.

83rd Ave. Section - Sheep Draw Trail

A date has not been finalized for constructing the section of the Sheep Draw Trail under the 83rd Avenue bridge. This project has been in the planning and permitting stages for several years, and with final floodplain permitting completed the project is ready to begin. This project will complete the final missing link for the Sheep Draw Trail, and will connect existing trail sections at the Boomerang Ranch and Mountain Shadows neighborhoods. Some trail closures in the vicinity of this project may occur during construction.

Signature Bluffs Ecosystem Improvement Project

The City has partnered with the Army Corps of Engineers to restore wetlands and upland areas at the Signature Bluffs Natural Area, in addition to construction of recreational boardwalks and soft-surface trails for public access. The trail sections and boardwalks were completed in early 2020, and work will continue on the restoration of the lands for the next few years.

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