Greeley's Newest Natural Area

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Rocky bluff with cacti at Shurview Open Space

Greeley’s Newest Natural Area is a 978-acre expanse of prairies, bluffs, and arroyos located between Greeley and Windsor. Visitors experience magnificent plateaus and stunning mountain and valley views. This place is home for a diversity of wildlife.

Click here to view a map showing Greeley's Newest Natural Area.

Possibility

The property is a blank slate in terms of recreation opportunities. Due to its location and size, this natural area will draw visitors from across northern Colorado. People will find a unique, close-to-home recreation experience. The same geography that excites visitors also provides homes for many wildlife species. White-tail deer, bald eagles, and coyotes have all been spotted on site. Check out the pictures and links to the right to see some of the critters who call this place home. The needs of both people and wildlife must be carefully balanced as the project moves forward.

Growing Greeley’s Natural Areas

The purchase of land on Greeley’s west side doubles the City’s acres of public natural areas for the community to enjoy. Greeley Natural Areas & Trails has a vision to provide equal access to nature for all Greeley residents. The long-term goal is for everyone to live within a 10-minute walk to nature. This new natural area moves us closer to that goal. The project was jointly funded by the Trust for Public Land, Great Outdoors Colorado, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Town of Windsor and the City of Greeley. Click here to read more about this property.

Making the Dream Happen

This project would not be possible without strong partnerships and community input. Together, the City of Greeley, Mundus Bishop, and Trust for Public Land are putting the community's voice first in this project. Typically, a natural area is opened after all the trails have been built and the design is finished. We are doing things differently here. We are bringing you, the community, into the process at the beginning. We want to know what your vision is for this place. Please take part and share your ideas.

Creating a Vision

This long-range project includes several phases, such as analysis, community input, design, and the creation of a master plan. The master plan is a road map, guiding the management of the property into the future. It will take many years before this natural area becomes the vision described in the master plan - see the Lifecycle timeline on this page. Budget and staff capacity will determine the work that can be done. We need your help to make this community vision a reality. Please take a moment to share your ideas and vision by clicking the various tabs below. We want to hear your ideas!

Greeley’s Newest Natural Area is a 978-acre expanse of prairies, bluffs, and arroyos located between Greeley and Windsor. Visitors experience magnificent plateaus and stunning mountain and valley views. This place is home for a diversity of wildlife.

Click here to view a map showing Greeley's Newest Natural Area.

Possibility

The property is a blank slate in terms of recreation opportunities. Due to its location and size, this natural area will draw visitors from across northern Colorado. People will find a unique, close-to-home recreation experience. The same geography that excites visitors also provides homes for many wildlife species. White-tail deer, bald eagles, and coyotes have all been spotted on site. Check out the pictures and links to the right to see some of the critters who call this place home. The needs of both people and wildlife must be carefully balanced as the project moves forward.

Growing Greeley’s Natural Areas

The purchase of land on Greeley’s west side doubles the City’s acres of public natural areas for the community to enjoy. Greeley Natural Areas & Trails has a vision to provide equal access to nature for all Greeley residents. The long-term goal is for everyone to live within a 10-minute walk to nature. This new natural area moves us closer to that goal. The project was jointly funded by the Trust for Public Land, Great Outdoors Colorado, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Town of Windsor and the City of Greeley. Click here to read more about this property.

Making the Dream Happen

This project would not be possible without strong partnerships and community input. Together, the City of Greeley, Mundus Bishop, and Trust for Public Land are putting the community's voice first in this project. Typically, a natural area is opened after all the trails have been built and the design is finished. We are doing things differently here. We are bringing you, the community, into the process at the beginning. We want to know what your vision is for this place. Please take part and share your ideas.

Creating a Vision

This long-range project includes several phases, such as analysis, community input, design, and the creation of a master plan. The master plan is a road map, guiding the management of the property into the future. It will take many years before this natural area becomes the vision described in the master plan - see the Lifecycle timeline on this page. Budget and staff capacity will determine the work that can be done. We need your help to make this community vision a reality. Please take a moment to share your ideas and vision by clicking the various tabs below. We want to hear your ideas!

  • Natural Area Open for Spring Season

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    Greeley's newest natural area was closed for the Winter season to provide wildlife respite from the cold and harsh weather. Deer, turkeys, and coyotes are some of the property's wildlife active during winter. Giving them space to rest allows them to use their energy reserves to stay warm and find food and shelter. The trails on the property get muddy from melted snow and become impassable by foot or bike until they dry out in the spring.

    The natural area is open for walking, running, biking and bird watching. There is parking at the trailhead and a portable restroom on site. Please bring drinking water as there is no fountain or drinking water source at the trailhead.

    Currently, dogs are not allowed on the property until further research can be conducted on the safety of your pet and the ecosystem in this area. Colorado is notorious for wet spring snow, so there is a good chance the trails will close due to muddy conditions. Always check COTREX (trails.colorado.gov) for updated trail closure information. 馃搷 Trailhead parking at Missile Site Park, 10611 CO-257 Spur, Greeley, CO 80634

  • We Want to Hear From You / Queremos Conocer Su Opini贸n

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    See below for Spanish. Ver abajo en espa帽ol.

    The concepts for Greeley鈥檚 Newest Natural Area are now ready for public review. Click the SURVEY tab to share your feedback. Feedback is being collected until September 30th.

    What is a concept?

    Concepts consist of maps and sketches showing the vision for the future of the property. They show the broad strokes; the details will be finalized in future planning efforts. You can find the concepts in the Documents section on the right (scroll down on mobile).

    How was public input used to develop these concepts?

    Community input received from Fall 2022 through Spring 2023 provided the foundation for the two concepts; all suggestions were considered in the concept development process. Input was collected via surveys and in person outreach. Natural Areas & Trails balanced community input with expert assessments of the property鈥檚 wildlife, vegetation and soil conditions. The result is concepts that meet the Greeley community鈥檚 needs, protect the natural elements that make this place so special, and lay the foundation for sustainable trail design.

    Why is it important to provide feedback now?

    Sharing your feedback helps Natural Areas & Trails staff create outdoor places and experiences that meet the needs of the Greeley community. This is the last chance to provide feedback before a preferred concept is chosen and the master plan is completed.

    How will my feedback be used?

    Your feedback will help Natural Areas & Trails choose and refine the preferred concept. The preferred concept is the road map for future trail building and amenity installation at this new natural area.

    How do I provide feedback?

    Review the two concepts, they look similar but there are differences between them. Notice what you like and don鈥檛 like about the concepts. Do you prefer one concept over the other? If you were creating your own preferred concept, which elements would you mix and match from each? Click on the SURVEY tab to share your feedback.


    Los conceptos para el 谩rea natural de Greeley m谩s reciente est谩n listos para la revisi贸n p煤blica. Oprima la pesta帽a SURVEY (ENCUESTA) para compartir sus opiniones, que se recopilar谩n hasta el 30 de septiembre.

    驴Qu茅 es un concepto?

    Los conceptos son mapas y bocetos que muestran la visi贸n para el futuro de la propiedad. Esto es a grandes rasgos; los detalles se concretar谩n en planificaciones futuras. Puede encontrar los conceptos en la secci贸n Documents (Documentos) que est谩 en la parte derecha (deslice hacia abajo en la versi贸n para m贸viles).

    驴C贸mo se us贸 la opini贸n del p煤blico para desarrollar estos conceptos?

    Las opiniones de la comunidad que se recibieron desde el oto帽o de 2022 hasta la primavera de 2023 sentaron las bases para los dos conceptos; se tuvieron en cuenta todas las sugerencias en el proceso de desarrollo de los conceptos. Las opiniones se recopilaron a trav茅s de encuestas y en actividades de divulgaci贸n presenciales. Natural Areas & Trails sopes贸 las opiniones de la comunidad y las evaluaciones de expertos sobre la fauna, la vegetaci贸n y las condiciones del suelo de la propiedad. El resultado son conceptos que satisfacen las necesidades de la comunidad de Greeley, protegen los elementos naturales que hacen especial a este lugar y sientan las bases para un dise帽o sustentable de los senderos.

    驴Por qu茅 es importante dar su opini贸n ahora?

    Compartir su opini贸n ayuda al personal de Natural Areas & Trails a crear lugares y experiencias al aire libre que satisfagan las necesidades de la comunidad de Greeley. Esta es la 煤ltima oportunidad para enviar sus comentarios antes de que se elija el concepto preferido y se complete el plan general.

    驴C贸mo se usar谩n mis opiniones?

    Sus opiniones ayudar谩n a Natural Areas & Trails a elegir y perfeccionar el concepto preferido. Dicho concepto es el plan para la creaci贸n de futuros senderos e instalaci贸n de servicios p煤blicos en esta nueva 谩rea natural.

    驴C贸mo doy mi opini贸n?

    Analice los dos conceptos. Son similares, pero tienen diferencias. Tenga en cuenta lo que le gusta y lo que no le gusta de cada uno. 驴Prefiere alguno? Si estuviera creando su propio concepto preferido, 驴qu茅 elementos combinar铆a de cada uno? Oprima la pesta帽a SURVEY (ENCUESTA) para compartir sus opiniones.

  • Watch June Inside Greeley Segment

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    During a recent Inside Greeley segment, we gave an update on Greeley鈥檚 newest natural area and the community outreach we鈥檝e been doing, especially with local youth. Both Greeley Central and Greeley West high school students have shared their insight, time and talent in support of this new natural area. Watch the video and catch up on what鈥檚 been happening.

    Wait! There鈥檚 more. We are re-naming the nearly 1,000 acre property, currently known as Shurview. You have until June 30 to suggest a name for the natural area using the 鈥淚deas鈥 tab above. We鈥檒l announce the winning name when it has been decided and gone through each stage of our naming policy process.

  • What We've Heard So Far

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    You鈥檝e been talking and we鈥檝e been listening! We wanted to pause and share what we鈥檝e heard so far. The image shows some of the input we received on this project.


    Many of you said 鈥渒eep it natural,鈥 meaning we should conserve native plants and leave space for wildlife. Most people are also very excited about being able to recreate at the new natural area, either by mountain biking, walking or bird watching. A lot of folks envision a future connection to the Poudre River Trail.

    Over and over, you told us how important it is to make sure this space is accessible and inclusive for everyone. This could include wheelchair accessible trails, representing and honoring Greeley鈥檚 international community and shaded places for families to gather. What are your ideas for making this new natural inclusive and accessible? Share your ideas under the 鈥楬opes鈥 tab!

  • The Results Are In!

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    We asked the Greeley community, via a Speak Up Greeley poll, how you hope to use this new natural area, and you responded! See the results below. The top three uses selected were mountain biking (40% of respondents), walking/hiking/running (33%), and bird/wildlife watching and star gazing were tied at 7%.

    A bar chart showing results of quick poll. Quick poll question: How are you hoping to use this space?


    Don鈥檛 see your interests represented? Click on the 鈥淗opes鈥 button above and share how you hope to use this space.

    We also collected surveys in person and asked people what they like to do when they visit a natural or park. See the results below. The top three responses were exercise/walk (64% of respondents), sit and relax (35%) and play (32%).

    A bar chart showing results of survey. Survey question: What do you or your children like to do when you visit a park or natural area?

    A huge thanks to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts either online or in person!

Page last updated: 22 Mar 2024, 12:00 AM