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 has 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.

These projects include:

 Poudre Ponds Recreational Fishery | CLOSED THROUGH EARLY JUNE 2021  Construction at Poudre Ponds conducted by the City's Water & Sewer department will close the property and adjacent Poudre River trail from early November 2020 through late spring to protect the ponds from future flood damage and increase water storage capability. The public pond has been drained and no access to the property will be allowed during the construction project. During the closure, NAT staff will partner with Colorado Parks & Wildlife fishery biologists to improve fish habitat within the pond, creating a better fishery when the pond is restocked in the spring/summer of 2021. Closure of the Poudre River trail will allow integrating the trail into the project and provide better access to the trail in the future.

 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 will begin in spring 2021 and construction will follow shortly thereafter, likely in late 2021/early 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. Several options are being investigated to address issues in this section including potentially re-routing this section. 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 (UNDER CONSTRUCTION - Opening early summer 2021)

Funded by Quality of Life tax funds, the Island Grove trailhead will serve as a starting and stopping point at the current eastern reach of the regional Poudre River trail. The trailhead will feature a 30-car parking lot, ADA parking, restroom facilities, bike repair station, and public art. Construction is underway and is anticipated to be completed by early summer 2021.

McCloskey Natural Area Trailhead

Funded primarily by a State Trails grant from Colorado Parks & Wildlife, improvements to the McCloskey trailhead were completed in spring 2019. Remaining items that will complete the project include a port-a-let structure, seating and tables. Improvements are scheduled to be installed in late spring/summer 2021.

83rd Ave. Section - Sheep Draw Trail

Work will begin in late spring/early summer 2021 on a section of the Sheep Draw Trail under the 83rd Ave. 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 additional trail closures may occur during this project in the vicinity.

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.

Find the latest updates on this project below:

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