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The River District

It’s a place unlike any other. Here, the Poudre River, industry, art and history come together to create a new community in Fort Collins. Art galleries, music venues and theaters compliment recreation on the river and preserved natural areas. Long-time industrial businesses work in partnership with new entrepreneurs. Modern housing, restaurants, shops and office buildings reflect the District’s historic past and celebrate its future. The River District is not your run-of-the-mill downtown neighborhood.

It’s the downtown gateway to recreation.

HISTORY

Here, the river, industry, art and history come together to create a new community in Fort Collins. The River District has ties to the early history of Fort Collins. On August 20, 1864, Col. Collins designated the area around Willow St. as the new military reservation after a flood wiped out the previous camp. Check out more of the history of Fort Collins or the history of the Poudre River from the Archive at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery or on the panels at the River District.

ARTS

The River District is full of eye-catching art that graces every corner and has ties to the unique history of the area.

As you walk through the District, take notice of the Linden Street pedestrian pavers and Willow Street pedestrian pavers inlaid into the sidewalk. Artist Susan Dailey, commissioned by the City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places Program, designed 11 etched granite pavers that acknowledge and honor the role this area played in Fort Collins history.

At the corner of Willow and Linden streets, sits a series of sculptures called “In Praise of the Poudre“.  The four undulating granite columns feature relief carvings of the plants, animals, insects and landforms found around, within, and below the Cache la Poudre River – celebrating the elements of a healthy river ecosystem. Stroll by at dusk to see it illuminated!

Colorful murals and painted transformer boxes are also abundant throughout the District.

THE RIVER

The heart and soul of the River District, the Poudre River is a community treasure.  As Colorado’s only designated ‘Wild and Scenic River”, it provides many opportunities for recreation in and around the water. Grab your kayak and try out the new Whitewater Park. Take your bike and go for a spin on the Poudre Trail. Grab your fishing pole and cast a line. The possibilities are endless!

Businesses in the River District
Bas Bleu Theatre Company

Our goal is to enrich the cultural life of the region and, in so doing, add to the common experience that bonds ...

401 Pine Street, Fort Collins, CO, USA

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Block One

Block One is a modern, energy-efficient, and mixed-use building located in Old Town Fort Collins.  Nestled on ...

420 Linden Street, Fort Collins, CO, USA

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Ginger and Baker

Our building once housed the Northern Colorado Feeders Supply, a brick and mortar symbol of Fort Collins’ Ag ...

359 Linden Street, Fort Collins, CO, USA

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Handoff

Alcohol Discovery. Delivered. Handoff is a chat- and voice-based alcohol recommendation and delivery ...

420 Linden Street #200

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LoCo Think Tank

We exist to connect small business owners to solutions supported through perspective, accountability and ...

400 N. College Suite 400C2

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Mobb Mountain Distillers

A few hundred feet from the wild and scenic Cache la Poudre river, our newly renovated distillery awaits you! The ...

400 Linden Street, Fort Collins, CO, USA

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Northside Aztlan Community Center

Northside Aztlan Community Center is a fitness and events facility that is also home to a wide variety of activities, ...

112 Willow Street, Fort Collins, CO, USA

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Old Town Athletic Club

Since 2003 the Old Town Athletic Club has provided the Fort Collins Community with a first class workout experience. ...

351 Linden Street Unit 100, Fort Collins, CO, USA

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Rodizio Grill

Rodizio Grill is an authentic Brazilian Steakhouse, the original in the United States. It was founded by Ivan ...

200 Jefferson Street, Fort Collins, CO, USA

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Union Bar and Soda Fountain

Inspired by an all American diner, our recipes feature what we all love about comfort food, it's simplicity. ...

250 Jefferson Street, Fort Collins, CO, USA

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Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House

Wolverine Farm Publishing is a 501(c)3 non-profit literary and arts organization based in Fort Collins, ...

316 Willow Street, Fort Collins, CO, USA

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Bas Bleu Theatre Company
Our goal is to enrich the cultural life of the region and, in so doing, add to the common experience that bonds us all to our community and the world around us. We explore various cultures and common values in the hope of ...

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401 Pine Street, Fort Collins, CO, USA

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Block One
Block One is a modern, energy-efficient, and mixed-use building located in Old Town Fort Collins.  Nestled on historic Linden Street between New Belgium Brewery and Old Town Square. Beautiful river-front property in the Poudre River ...
420 Linden Street, Fort Collins, CO, USA

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Ginger and Baker
Our building once housed the Northern Colorado Feeders Supply, a brick and mortar symbol of Fort Collins’ Ag roots; it’s friendliness, ingenuity and belief in a better future that’s inspired farmers, ranchers and townspeople ...

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359 Linden Street, Fort Collins, CO, USA

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Handoff
Alcohol Discovery. Delivered. Handoff is a chat- and voice-based alcohol recommendation and delivery platform. Whether it's with the push of a button or a voice command, we are the simplest way to order beer, wine, and spirits from ...
420 Linden Street #200

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LoCo Think Tank
We exist to connect small business owners to solutions supported through perspective, accountability and encouragement from other like-minded business owners. The story of LoCo Think Tank can be told through a short discussion of ...
400 N. College Suite 400C2

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Mobb Mountain Distillers
A few hundred feet from the wild and scenic Cache la Poudre river, our newly renovated distillery awaits you! The Mobb Mountain Distillery isn't just a place where we serve our spirits. It's a place to meet new friends, to feel ...

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400 Linden Street, Fort Collins, CO, USA

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Northside Aztlan Community Center
Northside Aztlan Community Center is a fitness and events facility that is also home to a wide variety of activities, classes, programs, sports, and special events.
112 Willow Street, Fort Collins, CO, USA

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Old Town Athletic Club
Since 2003 the Old Town Athletic Club has provided the Fort Collins Community with a first class workout experience. Specializing in helping our members reach “their full potential.” We offer a wide variety of services all of which are ...
351 Linden Street Unit 100, Fort Collins, CO, USA

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Rodizio Grill
Rodizio Grill is an authentic Brazilian Steakhouse, the original in the United States. It was founded by Ivan Utrera, who brought family recipes from Brazil and began this award winning concept. Rodizio Grill offers over a dozen ...

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200 Jefferson Street, Fort Collins, CO, USA

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Union Bar and Soda Fountain
Inspired by an all American diner, our recipes feature what we all love about comfort food, it's simplicity. Union's menu is approachable and crave-able any time of the day with Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner items served all day long. ...

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250 Jefferson Street, Fort Collins, CO, USA

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Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House
Wolverine Farm Publishing is a 501(c)3 non-profit literary and arts organization based in Fort Collins, Colorado. We publish books and newspapers, operate a Letterpress & Publick House, and host or coordinate community events ...

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316 Willow Street, Fort Collins, CO, USA

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