Friends of Larimer County Parks & Open Lands

A nonprofit organization

$2,059 raised by 31 donors

100% complete

$1,750 Goal

Larimer County Parks and Open Spaces are truly one of a kind! These beloved outdoor places have and continue to remain open and provide respite and recharge to over a million visitors every year. Give today, 95 cents out of every $1 donated goes back to the county's parks and open spaces!

"The Friends of Larimer County Parks and Open Space has long been an invaluable partner towards fulfilling the mission of the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources. Their dedication, passion, and support have contributed immensely to protecting, improving, and sustaining the open spaces, natural areas, and parks that make Northern Colorado such a great place to live and enjoy the outdoors!" - Zac Wiebe, Planning and Natural Resources Specialist, Larimer County

Giving Activity


To care for and promote awareness of Larimer County's parks and open lands financially, educationally, as active partners and volunteers with the Department of Natural Resources. We are committed to protecting and preserving these public lands for future generations.

Background Statement

On July 29, 2004, the kick-off meeting took place forming a Friends group dedicated to supporting Larimer County's parks and open spaces. In November 2004, the Friends of Larimer County Parks and Open Lands (LCPOL) became a certified non-profit corporation (501c3) in Colorado.

From its inception, the Friends of LCPOL has supported educational outreach programs, land acquisitions, improvements of trails, habitats, and recreational opportunities throughout Larimer County. LCPOL partners with private individuals, companies and/or other organizations to provide monetary support for the over 55,000 acres of open spaces, rivers, wildlife habitats, and natural areas that the county has secured over the past 26 years with a ¼ cent sales tax residents have elected.

Fundraising is an extremely important role for LCPOL. Back in 2007, when Agilent Technologies offered the former Hewlett Park for sale, LCPOL had to quickly raise funds to prevent a portion of what is now Hermit Park Open Space from being sold for development. LCPOL successfully raised over $130,000 in just a matter of 6 months! LCPOL also worked as partners with the Town of Estes Park, Estes Valley Land Trust, Great Outdoors Colorado, and hosted fundraising auctions to help purchase Hermit Park Open Space in its entirety.

Recently, LCPOL has helped fund the new Sky View Campground at Carter Lake and the Pinewood Reservoir campground upgrades. These have been needed and are very popular. Additional projects funded include Horsetooth Mountain Open Space campground relocation as well as trail work at Hermit Park, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, and the greatly anticipated Poudre River Trail slated to be completed in 2024. Several educational needs led us to help fund safety videos, raptor monitoring equipment, and virtual educational programming. We have sponsored kiosks, signage, and assisted with a visitor study and its publication.

Friends of LCPOL also serves as a vital partner for numerous grant applications by providing matching dollars and letters of support. LCPOL serves Larimer County's Department of Natural Resources as an engaged, community voice for these treasured open spaces and parks. All individual gifts and donations are directed back to Larimer County parks and open spaces.

With your financial support, these critical projects can continue to provide essential experiences to visitors.

Organization Data


Organization name

Friends of Larimer County Parks & Open Lands

Year Established


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Organization Size

Small Organization


Larimer County Department of Natural Resources 1800 South County Road 31
Loveland, CO 80537


Friends of Larimer County Parks & Open Lands PO Box 2715
Loveland, CO 80537

Service areas

Larimer County, CO, US