Bittersweet Park Improvements

The Bittersweet Park irrigation replacement and turf conversion project will be kicking off in early 2020. Winter construction will bring heavy equipment and construction crews to Bittersweet park. The park will remain open during this time but we ask residents to avoid construction activity and remain on the internal path system. Questions and concerns may be directed to or 970-350-9390. 

See the Bittersweet Park StoryMap

About the Project

In early 2019 the City of Greeley hired the landscape architecture team of Matrix Design group to help lead three community outreach and engagement sessions aimed at identifying opportunities for water conservation and site amenity improvements at Bittersweet Park. At thirty years old, the irrigation system had become inefficient and was experiencing failure. Park staff felt this was a unique opportunity to partner with water resource teams and Greeley citizens to implement water conservation measures and identify park improvement opportunities. Greeley residents chose to implement a water conservation project that will convert 21 acres of high water use turf grass to alternative varieties that once established, will reduce water consumption, improve urban habitat, reduce maintenance hours and add additional pathway improvements throughout the park. It is not surprising that residents chose an aggressive approach given that Greeley has been a leader in water conservation for many years.

Starting immediately in the New Year residents can expect to see construction teams mobilizing equipment in the south parking lot of Bittersweet Park. The lot will remain open but space will be limited. Residents are encouraged to use the parking lot on the west side of the park. During construction the park will remain open but residents can expect construction fencing, work crews, and construction equipment inside the park. At times pedestrians may be rerouted and surfaces may be uneven. Construction work is anticipate to last through July of 2020.

Why these changes?

  • Conserve water with efficient irrigation and native plants
  • Increase park’s drought-tolerance, landscape resiliency, and resource sustainability
  • Provide additional wildlife habitat and plant diversity
  • Reduce fertilizer and chemical applications to existing bluegrass
  • Provide community access to park’s natural resources
  • Enhance existing recreational opportunities within park

Images of wildlife that could live in Bittersweet Park

Current Water Use

Infographic showing how much water parks use.

Proposed Changes

Taking into consideration the public's opinions, we have come up with the following preferred conversions for Bittersweet Park.

Proposed changes to Bittersweet Park

Visual Changes

Images of how Bittersweet Park will look after renovations

Project Schedule


A City of Greeley Parks and Water Conservation Project

Bittersweet Park GMap

Contact Us 

Parks Office: 970-336-4180