Why doesn't the City clear snow/ice from its gravel/dirt trails?
The paved greenways and trails represent Longmont's transportation network for bicycles and pedestrians. Unpaved paths generally go into City open space and the more natural areas where it is our goal to minimize maintenance and disturbances to wildlife. These areas include unpaved paths around McIntosh Lake, Golden Ponds, and the Jim Hamm Nature Area to name a few. We also don't mow along most of those paths for the same reason, to maintain habitat and minimize disturbances.
It should be noted that plowing unpaved trails is also not a maintenance best-practice. Plowing before freezing damages the trail, and plowing after snow hardens requires heavier equipment with ballast. Not only is that a much more expensive operation, it also has the potential to damage the trail.
For details about what paths we do plow and how they fall in the Parks Snow & Ice Control Plan, visit our Parks Snow Plan webpage.
When are City of Longmont parks open?
Hours vary depending on the classification of park (or trail) you're visiting. You can view a complete list of parks broken out by type (neighborhood, community, or district) on our Classification of Parks webpage.
Neighborhood & Community Parks
Hours are from 5 am - 11 pm, seven days a week.
District Parks, Dog Parks, and Greenway Trails
Hours are 1 hour before sunrise and 1 hour after sunset, seven days a week.
Parks Administration Office
Hours are from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm, Monday – Friday.
The Parks Admin Office is closed to walk-in visitors. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.
Overall, the rule is based on State Health Department requirements because water quality monitoring is not conducted at any park water body, except Union Reservoir. In addition, there are also varying reasons why certain water bodies do not allow swimming. For example, in the case of Lake McIntosh, the City does not own this lake, but holds a recreational lease with the ditch company which allows certain activities.
Visit Recreation Services to find more information on a variety of swimming options - both indoor and out - available in Longmont.
Why do park restrooms close in the winter?
Park restrooms close each October in advance of winter’s frost to prevent damage to the above-ground plumbing, which is not designed to withstand winter temperatures. The City places portable toilets in several high traffic areas for use throughout the winter. These facilities are cleaned and stocked once per week from November to April.
If you are reporting any damage to a park facility, playground, or greenway please contact Parks . Please state the location and the problem. For emergencies or acts of vandalism which need immediate reporting, please contact the Longmont Police Department.
How do I donate or volunteer with Parks, Open Space, and Trails?
There are many ways citizens can become involved including participating in public meetings to help develop parks, contributing time and/or money, gifting, or simply enjoying our natural areas. To learn more about specific opportunities, please visit our Get Involved webpage or contact Parks, Open Space and Trails.
What can I do about a greenway that needs maintenance?
It is the City's goal to maintain and enhance native habitats, conserve water and to enrich residents' enjoyment of the district parks and greenways. Learn more about standards used in greenway maintenance by visiting our Park Maintenance webpage.
When is the water turned on at the various Parks water features?
Spray water features are generally turned on beginning Memorial Day weekend. They operate daily from 8 am – 8 pm until October 15. To find a list of parks with spray water features, visit our Directory of Parks and select the amenity: spray water feature.
Where do I find Union Reservoir camping and boat information?
All recreational activity and use information related to this reservoir can be found on the Union Reservoir Park webpage.
Resilient St. Vrain Project
Why is the City working on the St. Vrain Creek?
A major flood event in September 2013 severely impacted Longmont, especially along the St. Vrain Creek. This flooding affected many properties within and outside of the floodplain. A flood event of this magnitude had not been experienced in Longmont since 1894, and it served as a reminder that the risk of major flood events is real and ever-present. From the disaster comes the opportunity to protect the community while restoring the St. Vrain Creek channel and improving its resilience to future flooding.
When will Resilient St. Vrain design plans be available?
Preliminary engineering designs for Resilient St. Vrain were unveiled at a public open house in August 2015. PDF files from the event are available on the project's Events webpage. Final designs for the first phases of the project are anticipated in early to mid-2016.
When will construction begin for Resilient St. Vrain?
Among the main goals for the City’s construction work are to ensure the rebuilt sections of the creek and greenway are safe for the public to access and resilient to future flooding events. Construction work to improve resiliency for City bridges affected by flooding began in fall 2015 with the Main Street Bridge and Sunset Street Bridge. Construction on the creek channel is anticipated to begin in late 2016.
Learn more on the Resilient St. VrainSchedule webpage.
How long will Resilient St. Vrain construction take?
The City and its partners began initial planning work in 2014 for Resilient St. Vrain. This large-scale, long-term undertaking is anticipated to take 7-10 years to complete. The timeline includes periods for vegetation regrowth to protect natural habitat as sections are completed, as well as work to secure additional funding through grants and other partnerships.
Learn more on the Resilient St. Vrain Schedule webpage.
How much will Resilient St. Vrain cost? Who is paying for the project?
The estimated cost to rebuild and improve the resiliency of the St. Vrain Creek is approximately $164 million. Approximately $80 million in funding for Resilient St. Vrain is coming from a variety of sources.
$20 million in voter-approved Storm Drainage Bonds
Additional funding will come from a combination of existing City funds (including the 3/4-cent Street Fund tax), plus monies from Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Highway Administration, State, County and Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funding.
The City is seeking grants and other funding possibilities to fully fund the project.
Learn more on the Resilient St. Vrain Funding webpage.
How will work progress along the St. Vrain Creek?
Work on Resilient St. Vrain is divided into distinct sections, known as reaches. The portion of St. Vrain Creek that runs through the urban, more-developed areas of Longmont is known as the City Reach, while the more natural area to the east of town, which includes Sandstone District Park, is called Sandstone Reach. Work will happen simultaneously within each reach.
Initial work is planned for two areas--downstream of Main Street to Left Hand Creek and at Sandstone Ranch.
Resilient St. Vrain is the City of Longmont’s extensive, multi-year undertaking to make the community more resilient for future floods by reducing the size of the floodplain through Longmont, while also restoring the valuable community asset of the St. Vrain Greenway.