River's Edge Natural Area
960 West 1st Street
Loveland, CO 80537
(located across 1st Street from Centennial Park)
Due to the September 2013 flood, River's Edge Natural Area sustained significant damage.
River's Edge Natural Area interim opening planned for July 4th weekend
The temporary opening of River’s Edge Natural Area is planned for the weekend of July 4th. Trails, pond access points, a fishing dock, restrooms and a bridge to Jayhawker Ponds will be open for use. Fishing will be allowed, in accordance with Colorado Parks & Wildlife fishing regulations HERE. A complete set of site rules & regulations is available HERE and at the site. Float tube fishing will be permitted, but all other boating and swimming activities are prohibited.
Parking will be available at Centennial Park with walk-in access to River’s Edge via the Recreation Trail underpass at First Street. Walk-in access will also be available from the Thompson School District parking lot at 800 S. Taft Ave via Carlisle Dr.
Damaged areas will be identified with signage – visitors should proceed with caution in these areas. Temporary fencing has been installed around the core area (parking lot and picnic pavilions), which will remain closed until permanent repairs are completed for safety.
River’s Edge will be open for approximately six months while engineering and re-design of the parking lot and core area take place. Permanent repairs will be completed during winter/spring 2015, requiring a full site closure during that time. A grand re-opening is planned for summer 2015.
Funds from a Great Outdoors Colorado Flood Recovery Grant as well as FEMA flood recovery dollars will help pay for reconstruction of damaged trails, pond access points and wetlands.
Planning is underway for temporary and permanent repairs to River's Edge. Temporary access may be possible before permanent repairs are completed. Updates will be posted to this page as plans progress. Facilities may be limited until permanent repairs can be made.
This new natural area received significant damage during the flood and will require reconstruction of the parking lot and trails. We anticipate the site will be open for public access late 2014.
Open lands, natural areas, parks and recreation trails in the river corridor have sustained a large amount of damage due to flooding. Please DO NOT ENTER these areas!
Due to the ongoing flooding along the Big Thompson River corridor, the City is asking all residents to PLEASE STAY OUT of all river areas including the Recreation Trail corridor, River's Edge Natural Area, Morey Wildlife Reserve, and Namaqua Natural Area until further notice!
City Staff must complete an assessment of the corridor to determine if roads, culverts, bridges, power lines and utilities are stable or have been damaged. The river corridor assessment will occur as soon as the area has been cleared by emergency personnel. In the meantime, please do not cross barricades, cones or walk into the river corridor unless you have authorization from the City of Loveland.
If you require further information, please call the
Parks & Recreation Administration Office at: (970) 962-2727.