Asik’s Meadow Dog Park
St. Vrain Ranch Blvd., Firestone, Colorado 80504
Blue Skies Dog Park
1520 Mountain Dr., Longmont, CO
The 11 acre park was designed around a flight timeline with themed images found throughout the park. The name Blue Skies is a common airline pilot phrase and was suggested for a park name since the Longmont Municipal Airport is nearby. Designed by Winston Associates in 2004-2005, the park was constructed by ECI Site Construction Management in 2005-2006. The park was opened to the public in 2006.
Find the interpretive sign near the parking lot and playground. The pterodactyl plaza (early in time) with boulder “eggs” – is found at the east end of the park. Travel through time as you walk west. Sandblasted images in stone pavers include: a meadowlark, dragonfly and monarch butterfly, a Chinese dragon, Leonardo DiVinci’s flying machines and unique signature, the Wright Brothers bi-plane, Amelia Earhart’s plane, a Sci-Fi rocket. Also found are gardens developed around the Bird and Butterfly and DiVinci images, and a skate park created to resemble some of the elements of the Amelia Earhart plane, X-15 and 747 plazas and a rocket ship climber in the playground.
The park also offers two reservable shelters (shelter reservations). Please note; for all 2009 shelter reservations the fee will be $35.00 for resident and $44.00 for non-resident
Blue Sky East Shelter
The eastern shelter is 16′ square. Nearby is the bird and butterfly garden and a sand volleyball court.
Blue Sky West Shelter
The western shelter is 20′x24′ and is located adjacent to the playground (exclusive use is not available at this shelter).
The park is located along Dry Creek #1 in southwestern Longmont. A future community park will be built north of Blue Skies park. Blue Mountain Elementary School is north of the park.
Map of Blue Skies Court Area
Dogs allowed on leash in the park – there is also an enclosed off-leash area at this site. Please pick up after your pet.
Amenities: Small shelter, 2 picnic tables, 1- handicapped accessible, and grill.
Large shelter at the playground (4 picnic tables – 1 handicap accessible).
Age separated playground with 3 play bays.
Parking Lot – 25 spaces (as well as on-street parking. (Please park on the north side of Turin Drive or the east side of Mountain Drive and be courteous to neighbors!)
Multi-use field, Concrete roller hockey court, Full size basketball court, Small Skate / Teen activity area, Off-leash Dog exercise area, DiVinci garden sitting area, Bird and Butterfly garden sitting area, Picnic tables in open turf areas (east and west ends of the park), Trail Connection to Dry Creek Greenway
Longmont Dog Park #1
Located at 21st and Francis Street. Please park west of the dog park at Garden Acres Park or east of the dog park at Carr Park. Both lots are located on 21st Avenue. Be courteous to the neighbors. Neighborhood parking is discouraged.
Longmont Dog Park #2
Dog Park #2 is located at Airport Road and St.Vrain Roads. Parking is provided at the site (behind the Public Works facility at 375 Airport Road).
Rough and Ready Park
301 E. 21st Ave., Longmont, Colorado
This 9 acre neighborhood park is located along, and named for, the historic Rough & Ready Ditch – one of Longmont’s oldest irrigation ditches. This ditch was appropriated on March 13, 1869 and formed the Pleasant Valley Reservoir (June 1871), which is now known as Terry Lake . The Rough and Ready Primary Greenway provides a pleasant trail access to the park. Found adjacent to Alpine Elementary School, the park was designed by Play Environments and built by ECI Site Construction Management. The park was opened to the public in 2006.
The elements in this park include a small skate area, basketball court, sand volleyball court, bocce ball and horseshoe courts, a multi-use play field, a walking labyrinth, a crawdad exploration area, an off-leash dog exercise area, two play bays with traditional swings and other non-traditional play equipment, an irrigation pond with a beautiful art piece titled Bird Bath by Tim Upham from Fort Collins in the pond.
Pond at Rough & Ready park in LongmontThe design was based on a natural, passive theme with representations of that theme found throughout the design. The eastern portion of the park was dedicated to passive recreation, with the labyrinth and bocce ball and horseshoe courts grouped together. Soft-surface walking paths and native grass areas border the eastern and western edges of the park. The pond is shaped like a bird and the sculpture in the pond incorporates bird-like shapes and moving water. The large shelter features 4 tables and a grill, while the small shelter includes 2 tables and a grill. Shelters can be reserved for a $35.00 fee for a resident, or $44.00 for a non-resident.
Stephen Day Dog Park
1340 Deerwood Drive Longmont Co
Stephen Day park was opened to the public with a grand opening event on July 26, 2005. The park is on the corner of East Mountain View Ave and Deerwood Dr., south of Fall River Elementary School. The park was named in honor of Stephen Day, a local Vietnam war veteran who won a distinguished service award and a Bronze Star.
The park’s features include an off-leash dog exercise area, skate area and BMX / mountain bike area, basketball court, sand volleyball court, multi-use play field, water spray ground for the kids (and adults) to play in. Landmarks and the Explorers Plaza are Art in Public PLaces pieces by Joe McGrane, installed in 2005, and are on the northern and eastern sides of the park (link to Art in Public Places) . There are two shelters at the park – the west shelter is 12′ x 18′ with two picnic tables and a grill overlooking the multi-use field. The large shelter is 18′ x 36′ with four picnic tables and two grills and located south of the play and spray ground area (exclusive use is not available). Shelters can be reserved for a $35.00 for a resident and $44.00 for a non-resident fee (link to shelter reservations).
The design done by BHA (a landscape architectural firm out of Fort Collins) is based on a Voyager theme – as selected during the public design process. The theme found throughout the park. Sunken ship earthen berms surround the playground, a wavy walk skirts the perimeter of the playground as do steep ship walkways – all unique play features. A maze is found to the east of the playground along with the explorers plaza (world map showing major world voyages). The architecture resembles boat houses. The large shelter features canoe shapes in the concrete slab. The small shelter can also be used as a bandstand or small performance area. The perimeter of the park features native grasses and plantings to promote water conservation. Look for hand prints of the community members (adults and children) who helped design the park in the walkway near the restrooms. Construction was completed by Fisher Construction Inc.
The parking lot can hold 38 cars including 2 handicap accessible spaces. The park is located along the Spring Gulch primary greenway.
Union Reservoir Beach Off Leash Dog Area
0461 WCR 26 Longmont, CO
Union Reservoir is a 736 acre body of water providing many outdoor recreational activities. Originally called Calkins Lake, the reservoir was carved out during the last glacial age and is one of only a few natural lakes in Colorado. In 1903, the Union Ditch Company began drilling a tunnel to release water into the St Vrain River. According to Colorado water law, that made Union a true reservoir. Today, visitors to Union Reservoir can enjoy fishing, swimming, wakeless boating, camping, windsurfing and picnicking. The Reservoir is located approximately 7 miles west of I-25. For additional information, call (303)772-1265.
Main Picnic Area Reservations/Shelters
For a fee of $50.00 per day, you may reserve the main picnic area or the shelter for large groups – or small (additional gate fee per vehicle is required). There are picnic tables and barbecues set up in prime locations for your pleasure as well. 3.2% alcohol is permitted in the park with a permit. The fee for the alcohol permit is an additional $75.00
Dog Beach,Fishing, Picnic with BBQ, Restroom, Playground, Shelter, Aquatics, Volleyball Courts -1, Boating, Camping, Vending machines, Parking lot spaces – 164
Union Sailing Club is one of Colorado’s largest and most active sailing clubs with weekly racing in the spring, summer and fall. Several regattas, social events, youth activities, and clinics open to the general sailing public are also hosted each year. Instruction is also offered. Club boats are available on a limited basis for rental to experienced sailors. For more information please go to www.UnionSailingClub.org.
Park Hours go to http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/parks/park_list/overview/UnionReservoirHours.htm