February is the month of love. I love this city and am blessed to be in the role of City Manager, but I want to remind you of a few of the reasons you have to love Greeley!
We have a thriving economy and a great place to call home. Smart Asset ranked Greeley as one of the top boomtowns in America last year, while HomeSnacks ranked Greeley as one of the best cities to raise a family in Colorado.
One of the aspects of Greeley that is special is our parks and recreational opportunities. We have over 300 acres of neighborhood parks, 900 acres of natural areas, and nearly 27 miles of paved and soft trails. Last year, a network of three new and state of the art skate parks were completed and Butch Butler Field won the Colorado Sports Turf Manager’s Association Field of the Year. Hazelton Park in west Greeley will open in the spring, making it Greeley’s 43rd park. Don’t forget about the multitude of indoor recreational opportunities at the Greeley Recreation Center, Family Funplex, Ice Haus and more.
The arts and culture scene in Greeley is growing and thriving. Greeley is home to one of 26 state-certified creative districts in Colorado with an abundance of art, both public and private. There are great venues to see live entertainment, such as the Union Colony Civic Center. Greeley’s public art collection keeps on growing with more than 350 works of rotating indoor art and more than 160 pieces of outdoor art.
The youth of Greeley are our crown jewels and one of the most important assets of our community. Educational opportunities in our city keep on growing and improving. Greeley Evans School District 6 is exceeding the state average of students graduating on time, and many of our students brought home state championships and were recognized for academic achievements. Both Aims and UNC continue to provide next-level education and successes that are noticed at a national level.
We mention this quote at every Greeley City Council Meeting, “If you appreciate what you have, it becomes more.” There are a lot of new things on the horizon, but let’s all remember to appreciate and celebrate the things that make Greeley a great place to be and let’s use that love to make it even better.
To discover more of these great things about Greeley, visit our rankings and recognitions page on the City of Greeley website, greeleygov.com/government/cmo/rankings
Roy H. Otto
Greeley City Manager