Gold Medal Award Finalist

Our Community

Our dedicated staff takes pride in serving our vibrant and growing community. Through our programs and facilities, we foster community pride and impact lives. 

The newly expanded Community Recreation Center serves as the community hub, offering classes, programs and recreation opportunities. Whether it’s Mommy and Me classes, sports, senior lunches, or adaptive programs, there is something for all ages and abilities.

"In any given day at the Recreation Center, you can see swim lessons with toddlers in the pool, a Mahjong tournament in the Senior Lounge, and classes that run the gamut of fencing to cooking," said Parks, Recreation & Culture Director Eric Lucas. 

Within the parks system, residents and visitors have access to more than 790 acres, comprised of 16 parks and four open space locations. Forty miles of trails and an extensive sidewalk infrastructure provide a connected network throughout town, where 92 percent of our residents can walk 10 minutes or less to a park or recreation facility. Our trail system includes a significant portion of the Poudre Trail, which runs adjacent to the Cache la Poudre River, a National Heritage Area.

Throughout the year, we host a multitude of programs, events and festivals, including youth and adult sports, 5K races, garden demonstrations, art exhibits, historical interpretation, swimming, and family campouts.

Boardwalk Park, adjacent to the town’s historic Main Street corridor, serves as the centerpiece of Windsor’s parks system. Boardwalk offers everything from walking and wildlife watching to boating, swimming and special events, like movies, concerts, firework shows and a farmers market. 

"This park is the central gathering point for the town's main activities," said Lucas. "Boardwalk Park is a perfect illustration of our primary mission: creating a healthy and engaged community."

Led in part by these diverse, cultural and recreation opportunities, it’s no wonder Windsor is quickly becoming a northern Colorado leader.

Our Service

We aim to serve our community by providing diverse cultural and recreation opportunities that exemplify the three pillars of the National Recreation and Park Association — conservation, health and wellness, and social equity.

We strive to ensure all people have access to the benefits of our parks, recreation and cultural offerings.

  • 92% of residents are within a 10-minute walk of a park, providing equitable access for all.
  • All of our parks and facilities are ADA accessible.
  • Our vibrant adaptive program (UPWARD) provides opportunities for residents with cognitive and physical disabilities.
  • More than 300 low-cost meals are offered each week at our increasingly popular Senior Lunch. 
  • We operate a senior ride program that transports seniors to doctor visits and shopping trips for a minimal fee.
The Windsor Parks, Recreation & Culture Department has been named a finalist for the prestigious 2017 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, provided by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition.

Windsor joins three other finalists in the Class V category — population of less than 30,000 — that will compete for grand honors this year.