Edora Park, located at 1420 East Stuart Street in eastern Fort Collins, is a community park that packs lots of recreational opportunities into its 65 acres. The park, built in 1971, includes open grassy areas, a natural area along meandering Spring Creek on the north, and the recreation complex. The park includes six public tennis courts, two lighted ball fields, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, a BMX track, three picnic shelters, a disc golf course, large playground, a community gardens, and a skateboard park. The Edora Pool Ice Center, locally called EPIC, sits at the park’s southeast corner on Riverside Avenue. EPIC offers a wide range of ice skating, hockey, and aquatics programs on two indoor ice sheets and a 50-meter pool and boasts over a million visits a year. EPIC is the home of Colorado State University’s hockey and water polo team. The Edora Skate Park, built in 2001, was the first concrete skate facility in the area.

Pro Tips

  • Kids love playing at Edora Park’s playground. The sandy playground features lots of slides, elevated walkways with tunnels, various climbing apparatus, plenty of swings for toddlers and big kids, and its unique equipment—a twisted plastic climbing thing. Reach the playground from a parking area on Welch Street to the west or at the parking area west of the baseball diamonds.
  • Edora Skate Park is a fun and quality 14,000-square-foot skateboarding area with a backyard skate feel and plenty of great features that can be combined in a single run. Skaters love its cool combi-bowl, with a large oval pool, a round bowl, and a square bowl. The lip of the large pool is lined with handmade tiles. A long snake run is on the outside of the combi-bowl which leads to a street course with ledges, gaps, pyramids, rails, and banks.
  • Go to Edora Pool Ice Center if you want to learn to skate or swim. The center has two full-size ice sheets that are open year-round. You can go public skating or take lessons, play pick-up hockey, play in a youth or adult hockey league, go short-track speed skating, play broom ball, or have a frozen birthday party.
  • Locals like to play the 18-hole Edora Disc Golf Course. The course is manicured, has the creek feature, and multiple pin placements. The 5,848-foot-long course has nine holes under 300 feet, six between 300 and 400 feet, and three over 400 feet long. Park in the BMX parking lot by EPIC off Riverside Avenue. Get a map from the center and cross a bridge to the first tee. A map keeps you from getting lost.
  • Recommended season(s): Year-round.

    —Stewart M. Green


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