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 Long View Trail Grand Opening Aug. 18

Long View Trail is a joint project between the City of Loveland, the City of Fort Collins and Larimer County to create a regional trail from Sunset Vista Natural Area in Loveland to Cathy Fromme Natural Area in Fort Collins.

Grand Opening

Long View Trail Grand Opening InvitationAugust 18, 2018, 8 - 11am

View the grand opening invitation.

We’re connected! Join the City of Loveland, City of Fort Collins and Larimer County to celebrate the Grand Opening of Long View Trail.

Schedule of Events

8:00am Celebration Begins

Visit with partners along the trail route and at Sunset Vista Trailhead. Enjoy fun activities for the whole family at designated points along the trail!

10:00am Ribbon Cutting

Dignitaries from the City of Loveland, City of Fort Collins and Larimer County will share information about the trail and the partnership that made it happen. The ribbon cutting will take place at the Sunset Vista Trailhead.

*Note: If you're driving to the event, please do your best to carpool. Parking is available at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins and Crossroads Church in Loveland.

Long View Trail Location

(MAP)
871 W 57th St
Loveland, CO  80538
(NE corner of Taft Ave & 57th St)

The Long View Trail begins at 57th St. and Taft  Ave. and is part of the 22-mile paved recreation trail in Loveland.

The 4.4-mile long, 10-foot wide Long View Trail runs along the east side of North Taft Avenue in Loveland and South Shields Street in Fort Collins and provides a safe, detached, non-motorized alternative to traveling between the two cities.

Long View Map Feb2018

Note: The purple section on the map above indicated with "1/2 mile gap project area" is the planned future trail known as Copper Ridge and is developer dependent and proceeding through City planning processes.

Maps

View the Loveland Recreation Trail map (PDF)

View the Long View Trail map (PDF)

Areas of Travel

Long View Trail June 2018The Long View Trail passes through one City of Loveland natural area (Sunset Vista), three City of Fort Collins natural areas (Colina Mariposa, Hazaleus and Cathy Fromme Prairie) and one Larimer County open space (Long View Open Space). The five public spaces, consisting of protected agricultural lands and wildlife habitat, offer trail users sweeping views of the foothills and mountains.

On the south end, the trail ties into the Loveland Recreation Trail at Sunset Vista Natural Area on the corner of 57th St. and north Taft Ave.

On the north end, the trail ties into a sidewalk and underpass leading into Fort Collins’ Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area and existing Fossil Creek Trail.

Project Funding

Long View Trail

The total mileage of the Long View Trail  is 4.4 miles and the trail spans through four regional natural areas/open lands in Fort Collins, Larimer County and Loveland.

Grants covered almost half the cost of construction thanks to a $1 million grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation's (CDOT) Transportation Enhancement (TE) Grant as well as a Great Outdoors Colorado's (GOCO) Paths to Parks Initiative grant for $999,550. 

Loveland’s share of the project is budgeted at $1.6 million and includes street and crosswalk improvements on 57th Street, a parking lot, one mile of paved recreation trail, three bridges and wetlands restoration. 

Project Completion

The public is invited to the grand opening of Long View Trail on Saturday, August 18 from 8-11am (see info above.)

The only remaining portion of trail to be completed in this area is Copper Ridge (the area in purple on the image map above).

We understand the importance of this missing segment of trail for Loveland and have been working for the last several years to make this trail connection a reality. Currently, the land needed for this missing trail connection is privately owned and part of a planned development which will include the trail corridor. 

The timing of the trail connection is dependent on the developer. Staff meet regularly with the developer to keep this critical trail connection moving forward.

 

More Trail Info

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Questions about Long View Trail? Contact Kelly Smith, Park Planner and Project Manager.