A safe place to live, work and play

Northern Colorado strives to be a safe place to live, work and play. As such, residents are encouraged to get educated about issues, such as sexual assault and child abuse, and take action to prevent them. NoCo'ites also are called to have a voice in plans for our future. And it just wouldn't be northern Colorado without places and ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Read on to learn how you can get involved.

Become aware in April

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Awareness Month, which means it's time to get better educated about both topics and how to prevent them.

In northern Colorado, several agencies devote their work to sexual-assault prevention and treatment of its aftermath. All have special events and programs throughout the month to help raise awareness about this crime and help people know what to do about it.

Northern Colorado radio station K99 is hosting 28 Hours of Hope, an on-air telethon April 12-13. Proceeds will support the work of Life Stories Child & Family Advocacy in Weld County, Namaqua Center in Loveland and Voices Carry Child Advocacy Center in Larimer County.

Loveland citizens unite in community-building program

"Your City, Your Future: 2018 Community Improvement Program” is a citizen-driven effort to tap into Loveland residents' community-building spirit.

The program's website (www.cityofloveland.org/government/public-information/2018-community-improvement-program) says, "Our community amenities are here because we, as a community, built them. Together we decided what features would make our city more beautiful, livable, comfortable and enjoyable—and together we found means to make them real."

Loveland citizens are invited to join in the process by attending one of the upcoming meetings of the citizen task force. Get details at www.cityofloveland.org/government/public-information/2018-community-improvement-program.

Imagine Greeley plan gets green light

Greeley's City Council recently voted to adopt the Imagine Greeley Comprehensive Plan. This plan represents the culmination of a year-long effort to engage the community in a process to ensure that Greeley continues to be a community that has a high quality of life, provides a diverse and healthy economy, and is great place in which to live, work, learn, grow and play.

Informed by data, trends, current conditions, and community input, this plan serves as a roadmap that will guide city policies and decision-making towards the community’s shared vision for the next 10 to 20 years.

Review the Comprehensive Plan adopted by Council at www.imaginegreeley.com.

Larimer County open space just got larger

Larimer County and the City of Fort Collins closed on four deals with separate, private landowners resulting in the acquisition and conservation of 2,492 acres of land south and west of Horsetooth Reservoir.

All the newly conserved land is adjacent to existing protected areas, including Coyote Ridge Natural Area, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space and Devil’s Backbone Open Space. The future of these properties, including any outdoor recreation or public access, will be determined through public planning processes by Larimer County and Fort Collins incoming years.

“Conserving land in the iconic foothills just outside of the city, next to some of the most treasured and popular natural areas and open spaces, means that they will be here for us, wildlife and future generations,” says Mark Sears, Fort Collins Natural Areas Manager and Acting Director.

The land was acquired in both fee and conservation easements, meaning it was either purchased outright or the development rights were purchased, but the land remains in private ownership. Funding for these acquisitions comes from the Larimer County Help Preserve Open Spaces sales and use tax and the City of Fort Collins Open Space Yes! sales tax.

“We’re grateful...for the citizens of Fort Collins and Larimer County for continually supporting sales tax initiatives that make local conservation possible,” says Kerri Rollins, Open Lands Program Manager for Larimer County.

For additional information, please contact Sears at 970-416-2096 or Rollins at 970-619-4577.

Planning to camp in Larimer County?

It’s looking like the 2018 camping season in Larimer County will be a busy one. Many of the county’s popular campsites and cabins are already booked on weekends through early August. If you have plans to camp in the county, reserve a site now by calling 800-397-7795 or online at www.larimercamping.com.

Blossoms and butterflies

In celebration of the transformation under way at Fort Collins’ Gardens on Spring Creek, the Carnegie Center for Creativity is hosting a fundraising event, Blossoms and Butterflies. It will feature over 50 Colorado artists showcasing all mediums that depict the beauty of butterflies and/or gardens. Each piece of artwork is up for bid.

Blossoms and Butterflies will be open for viewing and bidding at the Carnegie Center, 200 Mathews St., April 4-6, 12noon to 6pm, and on April 7, 12noon to 4pm. An online auction is live 24 hours a day through 8pm on April 7 at www.fcgov.com/gardens. Admission to the Carnegie Center is free.

Proceeds of Blossoms and Butterflies will support the construction of the new Visitor's Center at the Gardens on Spring Creek, which will include a North American butterfly house. It will be the first of its kind in northern Colorado.

For more information, please visit the Gardens on Spring Creek at www.fcgov.com/gardens.


Local help for child abuse and sexual assault

ChildSafe, 970-472-4133, www.childsafecolorado.org

Larimer County Department of Human Services—Child Protection, 970-498-6990

Life Stories Child & Family Advocacy, Weld County, 970-353-5970, www.lifestoriesweld.org

Namaqua Center, Loveland,www.summitstonehealth.org/locations/loveland/namaqua-center/

Sexual Assault Victim Advocates – SAVA (in Larimer and Weld Counties), FC office 970-472-4204; GR office 506-4059; 24-hour rape hotline 970-472-4200; www.savacenter.org

Voices Carry Child Advocacy Center, Larimer County, 970-407-9739, www.voicescarrycac.org

Weld County Department of Human Services, 970-352-1551 x6211