Parks & Recreation Flood 2013 Information

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Many of the flooded parks, natural areas and open spaces in Loveland REMAIN CLOSED, and will need to be assessed & repaired before re-opening.


DANGER ZONES! - Due to The September 2013 Flood

These signs may be posted at areas which are in the flood zone and are not accessible:

Park Closed Flood Natural Area Closed Flood

Due to the flood, the Recreation Trail, parks and open spaces adjacent to the Big Thompson River sustained significant damage.


Violators will be ticketed/prosecuted




UPDATEd 12-2-16:
Here is a brief update on the Parks & Recreation Department’s progress on restoring flood-effected sites to their previous condition. Any areas which were initially affected by the flood, but are no longer listed here have been reopened.

Recreation Trail System - Available

The Recreation Trail System experienced severe damage along the Big Thompson River. Flood debris has been removed from most areas of the trail through the river corridor. The Recreation Trail is open for public use but, there are still some areas under repair. A soft-surface temporary trail has been constructed in some areas, and between Wilson Avenue & Taft Avenue to allow for public access along the river until plans can be made to reconstruct the concrete trail in this area. Please visit the Recreation Trails web page for further possible closure information due to seasonal run-off, heavy rains or other flooding events.  Underpasses may experience periodic closures due to high water during rain/runoff events as well.

Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park - CLOSED

The flood completely destroyed the south side of the Mountain Park. Because of the damage in the park areas, we do not anticipate there will be any public use of the site until 2017.  For more information please visit our Vietstenz-Smith Mountain Park webpage HERE



9 Months After - June 2014

Many areas were previously damaged by flood waters, but are now OPEN!  Please see these web pages for the areas where repairs have been made and amenities are restored:

6 Months After - April 2014

The flooded areas along the Big Thompson River Corridor are under repair this spring season, and we are looking forward to re-opening many of the parks/features by Memorial Day weekend.  However, there are many areas that will remain under repair for some time. PLEASE DO NOT GO INTO BLOCKED/FENCED AREAS.

2 Months After - November 2013

The flood recovery process has now been underway for just over two months, and we have made progress in many areas! Assessments have been ongoing, and some repairs have begun. Much more work is in store over the next few years, but we would like to show what has been completed to date. The following graphic depicts some of the "Before & After Shots" with their location information:

Two Months After the Flood

2 Months After (7+MB PDF)


On September 12th-13th, 2013 the Loveland area began to take on more water than it could handle from heavy, steady rains and runoff. The Big Thompson River swelled to over-top its banks in many areas along the Big Thompson Canyon, Larimer County's lands, and into the City of Loveland.  This flooding caused many highways, roads, parks, natural areas and open spaces to close due to the high waters rising.

By September 13th-14th, 2013, more effects were being felt by residents along with all of the closures taking place, and some parts of town were becoming impassable. The City of Loveland was split in two by the Big Thompson River.

The Loveland Reporter Herald Newspaper has published a special section with more details about the flood timeline, photos, interesting personal stories, and more here:

Parks & Recreation Flood PHOTO GALLERY 

The Parks & Recreation Department has created a photo gallery of images related to parks, natural areas and open spaces affected by the flood. You may view the photos of the flood and the damages here:



This update was presented to the Parks & Recreation Commission:
Flood 2013 Photo Presentation 10-10-13  (3+ MB PDF)

This update was presented to the Open Lands Advisory Commission:
Big Thompson Flood OLAC 10-9-13 (6.5 MB PDF)

This slideshow was presented at Commission meetings by Hugh McKean;
Created by the Water & Power Department:
Flood 2013 Water & Power Infrastructure Update  (41+ MB PDF)

The City of Loveland YouTube Channel provides video footage of flood areas:


If you are interested in donating funds to assist with flood cleanup in Loveland, you are welcome to contact the Parks & Recreation Foundation

You may also choose to purchase a park bench or tree to place in a Loveland park through the Memorial Donation Program



Many have been stepping up to help with the flood cleanup efforts in Loveland, and we are so thankful for the assistance in the Parks & Recreation Department!  We are holding weekly cleanup events at several sites.  To sign up, please see the event listings through the City's Volunteer Program here:


Parks & Rec Facilities - Rules & Regulations

Visit the link above, and scroll to the bottom of the page for the following listings:

  • Park Facility Rules & Regulations
  • General Use and Trails Rules & Regulations
  • Electronic Personal Assistance Mobility Devices (EPAMD)



City of Loveland Road Closures/News

City of Loveland Flood Updates/News Releases


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