Future of Hughes Stadium Site

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Welcome to the City of Fort Collins' hub for online engagement around the former Hughes Stadium site. The City acquired the 164-acre parcel from Colorado State University in June 2023 and this page will be the home for future outreach about the property.

At this time, no immediate changes are planned for the site. The City plans to begin discussions about the future of the property in 2024.

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Background

Colorado State University closed Hughes Stadium after the 2016 football season and demolition of the stadium was finished in 2018.

Development proposals had been submitted for the property and due to public interest, the City developed an engagement website for the future of the site that is now archived at https://ourcity.fcgov.com/hughes_stadium_redevelopment.

In April 2021, Fort Collins voters approved a citizen-initiated ballot measure that required the City to take two actions:

  1. Rezone the property as the "Public Open Lands" zone, and
  2. Attempt to acquire the property from Colorado State University for uses such as "parks, recreation, and open lands, natural areas, and wildlife rescue and restoration."

City Council rezoned the property in May 2021 and closed on the property in June 2023.


Current Outreach Efforts (2022-Present)

In Fall 2022, the City conducted initial public engagement efforts about future uses of the property on this webpage. Two surveys about the site, archived below, were offered and a recap of the results is available here.

City Council conducted a work session in March 2023 that included discussion of the Hughes site. Links to materials from that meeting as well as a recording are also available on this page.

Future engagement efforts will continue to focus on the future use of the property. These engagement efforts are expected to begin in 2024.

Welcome to the City of Fort Collins' hub for online engagement around the former Hughes Stadium site. The City acquired the 164-acre parcel from Colorado State University in June 2023 and this page will be the home for future outreach about the property.

At this time, no immediate changes are planned for the site. The City plans to begin discussions about the future of the property in 2024.

If you would like to receive updates about this project, select "Subscribe" on the right side of this page.


Background

Colorado State University closed Hughes Stadium after the 2016 football season and demolition of the stadium was finished in 2018.

Development proposals had been submitted for the property and due to public interest, the City developed an engagement website for the future of the site that is now archived at https://ourcity.fcgov.com/hughes_stadium_redevelopment.

In April 2021, Fort Collins voters approved a citizen-initiated ballot measure that required the City to take two actions:

  1. Rezone the property as the "Public Open Lands" zone, and
  2. Attempt to acquire the property from Colorado State University for uses such as "parks, recreation, and open lands, natural areas, and wildlife rescue and restoration."

City Council rezoned the property in May 2021 and closed on the property in June 2023.


Current Outreach Efforts (2022-Present)

In Fall 2022, the City conducted initial public engagement efforts about future uses of the property on this webpage. Two surveys about the site, archived below, were offered and a recap of the results is available here.

City Council conducted a work session in March 2023 that included discussion of the Hughes site. Links to materials from that meeting as well as a recording are also available on this page.

Future engagement efforts will continue to focus on the future use of the property. These engagement efforts are expected to begin in 2024.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    This survey was open until Friday, Feb. 24. 

    As the City works to acquire the Hughes site your continued input into priorities for the site are critical. Through feedback to date, the City has heard interest in a range of activities from traditional Natural Areas activities, such as an area with native plant species, improved wildlife habitat and maintenance of “dark skies” to more traditional Parks & Recreation activities, such as a playground, bike park, and dog park. 

    Additional context to consider:

    • There is currently no funding designated for restoration or any other potential activities or uses on the site
    • Overall funding sources are expected to be a combination of Natural Areas funding and Parks & Recreation funding based on usage/activities
    • There is strong consensus to keep the disc golf course and the sledding hill.

    Uses and activities listed on this survey are not exhaustive or comprehensive and are instead a list of most common requests on various survey and outreach results to date, including the statistically valid Parks & Recreation survey (LINK), previous Hughes community feedback, beginning on page 378 of the Agenda packet (LINK), and most recent survey results (LINK).

    The ballot language required the City to purchase the property, zone it as “Public Open Lands District” and purchase the property to use for “parks, recreation, and open lands, natural areas, and wildlife rescue and restoration.” 

    As we move forward with planning for the property, we would like feedback on types of uses the community may want to see on the Hughes property. Below is a table with examples of low, medium, and high-activity uses. Keep this information in mind when answering the questions below. The activities listed below have been generally categorized by lower to higher activity/impact level.


    Lower Impact/Activity (1)

    Medium Impact/Activity (3)

    Higher Impact/Activity (5)

    Connection to Maxwell

    Trail connections- and trail improvements 

    Natural Areas

    Do nothing

    Parking lot improvements 

    Enhance disc golf course

    Build Pit toilet

    Enhance sledding hill

    Improve existing trails

    Improve wildlife habitat

    Maintain dark sky

    Plant more trees

    Protect view of Foothills 

    Land restoration


     

    Build playground

    Build a shade structure

    community gardens

    Soft-surface walking loop

    ADA Hard-surface trails 

    Walking loop

    Interpretive stations

    Seasonal Nordic skiing

     

    Dog Park 

    Bike park/infrastructure 

    Designed cross country course 

    Restroom facility 

    Wildlife/education center 

    Pickle ball courts


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    Please let us know your continued thoughts on the Future of the Hughes Stadium Site by completing a short survey. 


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