More than 40 Parks.
Whether you’re looking for a family picnic, an opportunity to throw out a fishing line, or a playground for the child in you, you’ll find it at one of Greeley’s city parks. In fact, according to Andy McRoberts, director of culture, parks, and recreation, there’s almost no limit to the opportunities for play.
“Residents enjoy Greeley’s outdoor play and open spaces, McRoberts says, but they’re not always aware of how many we have that are available year-round.”
When people from outside the community visit, they’re really surprised – not just at the amount, but also at the quality and the diversity.
It’s all a legacy of Greeley’s city fathers, who, understanding the importance of parks and gardens – particularly in a semi-arid climate like ours – made it a priority to ensure an adequate supply of water to maintain them. As the city’s water system has developed over the last 150 years to meet the needs of a growing population, that commitment hasn’t wavered.
And the city will continue to acquire new park lands as that growth continues, says McRoberts. “We try to provide a park within a 10-minute walking distance to all residents,” he says, “though it’s not about meeting a seemingly arbitrary goal. It’s about giving everyone access to a local park.”
Play for All
Greeley city government, in partnership with residents and various local businesses and organizations, raised the funds needed to build Greeley’s first all-inclusive playground. This new playground at Island Grove Regional Park, named Aven’s Village, boasts “play for all” featuring an interactive maze, sensory garden, climbing features, slides, benches and more. Best of all, the playground, which is one of only a handful in Colorado, will be accessible to residents of all ages and abilities. The playground, named after Greeley resident Aven Mondy, is scheduled for completion in 2016.
Your Park, Your Way
Whether it’s fishing, hiking, biking, playing soccer or baseball, or just relaxing, Greeley offers 41 parks and 8 publicly accessible natural areas to explore. From the quiet solitude of the Glenmere Urban Wildlife Sanctuary and its nearby park, walking path and playground, to historic downtown Lincoln Park established during Greeley’s founding in 1870, to the hustle and bustle of more than 2,500 meetings and events each year at Island Grove Regional Park, the City’s parks and natural areas offer something for everyone. For more information about all park and open space areas, in addition to the amenities included at each, visit the online park finder map at greeleygov.com/parks.
Fields of Dreams
In 2015, Twin Rivers Ballpark was named “Rocky Mountain Sports Field of the Year” by the Rocky Mountain Sports Turf Manager’s Association, and for good reason. The multi-field ballpark boasts beautifully maintained fields and high attendance. Twin Rivers hosts several local and regional tournaments throughout the season and is one of the many highly used sports fields maintained by Greeley city staff. From softball and baseball to soccer and football, in all, the city maintains 37 multi-purpose sports fields and 22 ballfields for public recreation.
Tree City USA
When you think of Weld County, you probably think of one of the country’s most productive agricultural regions, which just happens to be located in a semi-arid, high plains environment. But did you know that for 36 years and counting, the City of Greeley has been designated a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation? Pride in this designation comes from the ongoing effort to plant and maintain a variety of trees in natural areas and on public right-of-ways, all to sustain a diverse urban forest. In a typical year, that means City staff plant an average of 300 trees; however, in 2016 plans are to plant nearly 800 new trees; not just to maintain the designation, but to help keep Greeley an appealing and environmentally sustainable community.