Parks & Rec - Detours & Closures

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The Parks & Recreation Department is continually working on various projects in the parks, along the recreation trails and in the open lands & natural areas surrounding our beautiful city!  If any of those projects is expected to impact the facilities or amenities regularly accessed by the public, we will do our best to inform everyone of the expected detours being put in place, or if closures will be required. 

Seasonal Restroom Closures

River's Edge Natural Area

Seasonal restroom closures at River's Edge Natural Area (960 W. First St.) are in effect. Alternate restroom facilities are available at: the main parking lot south of First St.; south of Bass Pond; and in the Centennial Park parking lot north of First St. 

Available Winter Restrooms - Open During Daylight Hours

• Benson Sculpture Garden
• Centennial Park
• Dwayne Webster Memorial Park
• Fairgrounds Park
• Mehaffey Park (South)
• Loveland Sports Park (two of three)

Port-o-Let Locations

• Centennial Park (east parking lot)
• Fairgrounds Park (dog park)
• Kroh Park
• Namaqua Park
• North Lake Park
• Seven Lakes Park

Recreation Trail - Namaqua to Wilson 

Posted 11.27.18

The recreation trail between Wilson Ave. and Namaqua Ave. will be temporarily closed for construction beginning Dec. 10. The project entails resurfacing and compacting the trail to improve the trail condition for users. The trail will be closed for at least one week, and possibly longer. The suggested detour is to use Wilson/Namaqua to access Hwy 34/W. Eisenhower Blvd. Thank you for your patience.

Namaqua to Wilson detour 12-18

Mehaffey Park Disc Golf 

Posted 11.27.18

The disc golf tees at Mehaffey Park (3285 W. 22nd St.) will be closed this week through Friday, Nov. 30 for concrete work. Thank you for your patience.

Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park Closed for Season

posted 11.01.18

Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park closed for season Nov. 1

Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park is now closed for the season as of November 1. Round Mountain Trail Head will remain open, weather permitting.

Barnes Complex Batting Cages Closed for the Season Oct. 29

The Barnes Complex batting cages will be open Oct. 27 & 28 from 11:00am - 5:00pm and then closed for the season beginning Monday, Oct. 29.

Wilson Bridge/Underpass Parking Lot - 7.30.18

Wilson Bridge/Underpass parking lot closed

The parking lot near the underpass section of the recreation trail on Wilson Ave. between 1st. St & Eisenhower will be closed for the next several months due to work in the area. For reference, this is near the recycling center. Thank you for your patience.

Wilson Ave. & Underpass - 7.18.18

Wilson Underpass Closure  

The Recreation Trail and underpass at Wilson Ave. are closed due to major road construction on Wilson Ave. Bike lanes on Wilson Ave. between W. First St. and the Barnes Ditch Recreation Trail also are closed during construction. Trail users are advised to use alternate routes until further notice. Anticipated completion date: end of year 2018
Wilson Ave. alternate routes map

Location - More Info/Links CLOSURE Date REOPENING Date

Flood 2013 Information -

See current impacts/updates to Parks & Recreation facilities, parks, open lands, etc. due to the September 2013 flood. 


Round Mountain Trail (both the Nature Trail and the Summit Trail) are open as of May 24, 2018.

FULL closure remains at Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park.

9/2013 Ongoing openings, as work is completed

Boyd Lake Avenue Improvements

Boyd Lake Avenue, which leads to Loveland Sports Park, will have possible lane closures due to road construction and improvements.  The limited access/lane closures will occur from Highway 34 south to the park's entrance.

Aug./Sept. 2017 Summer 2018

Fairgrounds Park Limited Access -

There will be limited access to Fairgrounds Park during the third & fourth quarters of 2017.  This is due to repairs/replacement of roadway and railroad tracks at the Railroad Avenue crossing; a Public Works project. 

South Parking Lot will be CLOSED:  Access will be available ONLY from the north end of Railroad Avenue and main parking lot.  The Dog Park and Milner-Swartz historical property access points will remain open to walk-ins from the north parking lot. Please keep dogs on leash until they are within the Dog Park confines.

July 2018 December 2018


Buckhorn Northern Railroad -

Seasonal closures occur at the miniature train location
(CLOSED from Labor Day weekend to Memorial Day weekend).
Please see the BNR web page for further updates & closure information.

Labor Day
Memorial Day

Lake Loveland Swim Beach
& Winona Outdoor Pool -

Seasonal closures occur at the swim beach and outdoor pool areas (CLOSED from Labor Day weekend to Memorial Day weekend). Please see the Outdoor Swimming web page for further updates & closure information.

Labor Day
Memorial Day
North Lake Park Swim Beach & Park Areas

The Swim Beach at North Lake Park and the adjacent park areas will be CLOSED on July 3rd-5th for fireworks setup and safety zone, in addition to park clean-ups afterwards.  During closure, barriers will be in place.  Please DO NOT cross the barriers.

 July 3rd  July 5th

Parks & Natural Area Closures 

Seasonal closures occur at various parks and natural area locations due to inclement weather. Those locations will be gated/locked as necessary for public safety reasons.
These areas may be (not limited to) Loveland Sports Park, River's Edge Natural Area, etc.

Ongoing - 
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Ongoing - 
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Parks Flush Restrooms

Seasonal closures occur at the flush restrooms in the parks during the winter months to avoid freezing pipes, etc.  During this time, Port-o-Lets are placed at those winterized locations instead.

End of October Beginning of April


Chilson Recreation Center -

See more info for facility hours and fees listed online HERE.

Christmas Eve
12/24, at 3:00 p.m.; CLOSED Christmas Day
Re-Opening, 12/26 for regular operating hours

Chilson Senior Center -

See more info for facility hours and fees listed online HERE.

Christmas Eve
12/24, at 3:00 p.m.; CLOSED Christmas Day
Re-Opening, 12/28 for regular operating hours

If you would like to report anything which is in need of repair within the Parks & Recreation Department's locations, please call us at: (970) 962-2727, or send us an email  Any reports will be passed on to management, Crew Supervisors, Attendants, Parks Workers, etc. and you will receive follow-up as soon as possible.