River's Edge Natural Area Construction (2013)

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River's Edge Natural Area
960 West 1st Street
Loveland, CO  80537
(located across 1st Street from Centennial Park)

CONSTRUCTION UPDATES (2013)

September 4, 2013 Update

• Wetland plantings are 80% complete and wildlife protection fencing is installed. 
• Larimer County Youth Corps was on-site July 29th - August 7th to install fencing and remove additional Russian Olive trees as part of the GOCO Grant awarded to the project. Parks staff has installed remaining site fencing. 
• Boardwalk construction is underway at the edge of Bass Pond.
• Bridge to Jayhawker Ponds has been installed.
• Parks staff will continue to install additional site amenities prior to opening.

RENA boardwalk

July 29, 2013 Update

• Two new picnic pavilions have been installed in the core area.
• Fishing and float tube access points on Bass Pond are receiving finishing touches, rounding out the boulder work on-site.
• Wetland plant material is progressing in the nursery and will be available to plant by early August.
• Core area fine grading is being completed.
• Crews have begun preparations for the new fence installation project consisting of a two-rail round timber fence to replace the existing 8' chain-link fence around the site. Larimer County Youth Corps will install new fencing and remove additional Russian olive trees as part of the GOCO grant awarded to the project.

New shelters

July 9, 2013 Update

• Final lift of the parking lot paving was completed on 6/17 with access being restricted for one week to allow curing to occur. 
• All trails have been cut and graded, trail material is being re-worked in all locations.
• Boulder walls at Bass Pond’s edge and around the new pavilions are under construction. Installation of pavilion foundations, boardwalk, and amphitheater will follow.
• Wetland areas on 2 of 3 ponds are prepared and fenced off ready for plant installation.

Boardwalk River's Edge

Loveland Open Lands’ newest property is expected to be open for public access in Fall 2013, providing excellent recreational opportunities for fishing, hiking, bicycling, wildlife viewing, and environmental education. A combination of Open Space tax dollars, Capital Expansion Fees (CEFs), and grants made the acquisition and development of River’s Edge possible. The site will be accessible via a new entrance road at 960 West 1st Street, leading visitors through woodlands and restored gravel ponds to a paved parking area with public restrooms, picnic shelters, and a trailhead kiosk. Trail connections will enable additional access to the site from the existing Recreation Trail along the Big Thompson River. A new wetland boardwalk and boulder seating walls will provide a unique up-close experience along the water’s edge of Bass Pond. All three ponds on the property will feature trails leading to fishing and float tube access points, as well as an ADA-accessible fishing dock on Dragonfly Pond. Funding for this portion of the project was leveraged with a Fishing is Fun Grant awarded by Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Two miles of new trails throughout the site will provide ample opportunities for bird watching and wildlife viewing in a natural setting. Crews have removed hundreds of invasive Russian olive trees, and National Honor Society volunteers from Loveland High School planted over 170 native trees and shrubs during a recent Arbor Day project to improve habitat. Wetland enhancements are underway on all ponds, creating fish habitat and providing waterfowl, songbirds, and mammals with valuable forage and cover along the Big Thompson River corridor. A new bridge over Ryan Gulch will connect trails from River’s Edge to the adjacent Jayhawker Ponds, where fishing is currently allowed.

 Wetland construction River's Edge

The Loveland Open Lands Division was awarded a Great Outdoors Colorado (Lottery) grant to fund the Larimer County Youth Corps for three weeks to install new boundary fencing. Wildlife-friendly split-rail fencing and walk-through access points will replace the existing chain link fencing along West 1st Street and around the site. The Open Lands Division will also be recruiting Volunteer Trail Hosts to provide stewardship, assist and educate visitors, and answer questions about the site. 

Boulder wall River's Edge

If you require further information, please call the
Parks & Recreation Administration Office at: (970) 962-2727.

River's Edge Natural Area Project Schedule PDF

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