The neighborhood around Avery Park in west Fort Collins has seen its fair share of trouble over the years.
From the 1997 flood to a tsunami of single-family homes turning into rental properties to roaming bands of Colorado State University students looking for parties (and sometimes trouble), Avery Park has been challenged.
Yet it has endured, primarily because longtime residents refused to let it go. Those residents and the Avery Park Neighborhood Association have not been shy about speaking to city officials about neighborhood issues.
And it’s paid off. Avery Park is looking better thanks to an infusion of city funding and infrastructure improvements.
The latest improvement was celebrated Thursday as city officials and residents gathered for the grand reopening of Avery Park, the 18-acre strip of green space between Castlerock Drive and Taft Hill Road.
The neighborhood takes its name from the park, which is named for Franklin Avery, who surveyed and platted Fort Collins during its early days.
The park has a new shelter next to an updated playground with new equipment intended to entertain children of a wide range of ages.
Brightly colored climbing structures seem to reach for the sky. Broad slides show the way down. Less adventurous kids can have fun digging in sand.
There are places to cross and play in the little Clearview Channel that cuts through the park. There are more places to sit, trees and a remodeled…
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