Fossil Creek Park, located at 5821 Lemay Avenue in southern Fort Collins, is a popular city park with loads of outdoor activities and fun for everyone. This 99-acre urban escape, established in 2003, is a play paradise for kids with the Tar Pits Play Area, Adventure Island, and an interactive water feature in summer. The park has two lighted basketball courts, five lighted tennis courts, an inline roller hockey rink, a skate park, a dog park, horseshoe pits, multi-purpose grass fields for soccer and football, two lighted ball fields, a grassy knoll with views, picnic shelters, and restrooms. Portner Reservoir, dammed Fossil Creek, and two other small lakes are on the west side of the park. Fossil Creek Park Pavilion, with over 3,000 square feet of sheltered space for picnics, receptions, and gatherings is an artistically designed pavilion adjacent to the lake. More than a mile of trails thread through the park, including part of five-mile-long Fossil Creek Trail. A large parking lot on Lemay Avenue provides access to most of the park’s features, while another large lot on the northwest side off Fossil Creek Parkway accesses the pavilion and ball fields.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green