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Park Perfection

They asked, you answered—now a diverse, 
amazing community park is in the works.

With an edible forest, hops garden, farmhouse picnic shelter, dog park and out-of-this world playground, Fort Collins’ next community park proves you really CAN be all things to all people. The 54-acre Twin Silo Park, to be built along Ziegler and Kechter roads, will have something for everyone—in direct response to community input. With support from local Ripley Design, Denver landscape architecture firm Civitas, Inc., known for its focus on urban health and nature-in-the-city public engagement in major projects across the country, has knit together an elaborate quilt of native open space and trails for runners, joggers and dog-walkers along with a mix of gardens, orchards and playing fields.

Twin Silo Park is designed to be both a productive landscape and an extension of neighbors’ backyards. The planned Forest Harvest table provides a setting for wedding parties and community gatherings. The playground, anchored around the two signature relocated silos, is home to a two-story “loop” slide that will weave through the silos. An adjacent play barn integrates shade and play features, including a loft, rope bridge and slides.

Revitalizing the aging creek corridor is critical to the park’s longevity, and plans include expanding wetlands, natural drainage and flood control measures, including a shallow waterway at sandbar islands for getting your feet wet and a creekside deck for kicking back.

The park is slated for Fall 2017 completion; for opening information visit fcgov.com. —Sarah Goldblatt