Project Goals

The goal of this project is to develop a long-term vision for the Big Thompson River corridor, and to develop plans for enhancements that can be implemented in a phased manner in the coming decades.

Project Extents of each reach of the Big Thompson River Corridor Master Plan

Project Extents of each reach of the Big Thompson River Corridor Master Plan

The Big Thompson River Corridor is an amazing resource for the citizens of Loveland, with broad undeveloped floodplains, trails, parks and open space. The Big Thompson River Corridor Master Plan will build on this resource to increase resiliency and enhance ecological, recreational and public benefits and functions of the Big Thompson River Corridor through the City. The Big Thompson River Corridor Master Plan team will be led by Chis Carlson, P.E. of the Public Works Department with the selected consultants, Wright Water Engineers, Inc., THK Associates, Inc. and Matrix Design Group.

A major objective of this effort is to increase the benefits that the river and corridor provide to the citizens of Loveland by providing additional open space and recreational opportunities and enhancing natural habitat for aquatic and terrestrial wildlife, all while improving the level of flood protection and resiliency.

Through this planning and engineering effort, the City intends to transform the corridor into a landmark for the City, a recreational destination, a haven for wildlife in the midst of an urban environment and a more resilient river corridor. Most importantly, the River Corridor Master Plan will build on recent flood recovery efforts to identify potential projects that will reduce the flood hazards along the Big Thompson River, and provide additional protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the community.  Through this project, the ultimate vision for the Big Thompson River corridor through Loveland is a fully “Connected Corridor.” This Corridor includes a network of interconnected greenways, parks, open space and natural areas that provide the public with opportunities for recreation and interaction with the river and nature.