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Loveland Open Lands & Trails Division Receives Blue Grama Award for Conservation of Open Space

Post Date:09/23/2019

For Immediate Release – September 23, 2019 

Marilyn Hilgenberg
Open Lands & Trails Manager
City of Loveland Parks & Recreation
970.962.2443 / 

Loveland, CO – The City of Loveland Open Lands & Trails Division was selected by the Colorado Open Space Alliance for the 2019 Blue Grama Award for Outstanding Achievement by an Organization. The award was presented at the annual Colorado Open Space Alliance Conference in Steamboat Springs on September 16. 

The award is given to an organization that has made significant contributions to the conservation of Colorado’s open spaces, community engagement and conservation policy. The impact extends beyond Loveland to include Northern Colorado and has lasting implications to open space conservation throughout the state. The award recognizes outstanding leadership, achievement through acquisition, land management actions, community engagement and public policy. 

Loveland is proud of its dedicated staff who have worked diligently over the last five years to grow their program and make a meaningful difference in our community today and for generations to come. We are honored to receive this award as a state leader in open space management and conservation.

Loveland was recognized for conservation of key Northern Colorado parcels, land management and stewardship, capital improvements and river restoration following the 2013 flood and leveraging of financial resources including grants, donations, partnerships and volunteers. Ten new miles of trails and nine new public access sites offer multiple opportunities for citizens to connect with nature. An active community engagement program provides educational programming, community outreach and volunteer stewardship as the interface between citizens and our valued open lands. 

Loveland has had an amazing five years for open lands and trails and is honored to receive this recognition for its extraordinary accomplishments in such a short period of time. One of the most exciting facets is that Loveland has set the stage and expectation of conservation excellence and has a full list of new acquisitions, stewardship projects, programs and opportunities lined up to achieve this same level of accomplishment for years to come. Loveland has taken advantage of the synergy created by the Big Thompson Flood to make Loveland and Northern Colorado a better and more sustainable environmental community.


About City of Loveland Parks & Recreation: The Parks & Recreation Department provides access to health, wellness, community and quality of life for Loveland residents and visitors. Its mission is to provide effective, efficient and high-quality leisure facilities, sites, services and programs through the three pillars of parks and recreation – conservation, health & wellness and social equity – to make a positive impact on the community. For more info, visit

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