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#greeleyunexpected Greeley is getting bigger and better every day. In fact, finding something amazing that you weren’t expecting has become almost…expected. And if you think there is a lot going on now, just look to the future where the State Demographer forecasts Greeley to grow to nearly 150,000 residents by 2030! From arts and culture, to dining and craft brewing, to parks and open space, to festivals and live music–there is always something worth sharing with #GreeleyUnexpected.
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Made in Greeley. Appreciated Worldwide.
“Greeley,” says Greeley assistant city manager Becky Safarik, “is a city of makers.” There’s the son of a local cattle rancher who developed a way to detect ovulation in cows earlier so that fertilization was more accurate – and is now using the method to help families trying to conceive. There’s the biology professor whose work mapping the prairie rattlesnake genome is enabling scientists to develop better anti-venoms. There’s the hat maker whose handiwork is worn by none other than President George W. Bush. It’s arts and crafts and patents and technologies and a factory that produces 20,000 handmade tortillas every day of the week – and the local support that such ventures require. It probably has something to do with Greeley’s agricultural roots, says Safarik, and the resilience that goes along with being vulnerable. “What could be more vulnerable than farming?” she asks. “One day and one bad storm and you lose everything.” In other words, there’s a barn-raising piece to it as well; relying on one another when times get tough. “If you want to make a difference, there are a lot of ways you can do that in Greeley,” says Safarik, “whether it’s expressing yourself creatively, starting a business, building a structure, or raising money for cancer treatments and cures. It’s a welcoming environment here.”
Imagination and Ingenuity Defined
When a 100-year-old walnut tree on the grounds of the Meeker Home Museum needed to be taken down, the city forester asked Jim Emmett, owner of Greeley’s Magnolia River Manufacturing, if he could put it to use. Jim knew just what to do. He hauled it away and used the lumber to build a custom bar surround for Meeker’s Colorado Kitchen in the new DoubleTree by Hilton. The irony, of course, is that one of the seven principles on which Greeley was founded – by Nathan Meeker – was temperance. And the town, like others in Northern Colorado, remained dry until 1969. “What can I say?” asks Safarik. “We’re a resourceful community.” 6 | GreeleyUnexpected.com | 2018
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What can I say? We’re a resourceful community. –– Assistant City Manager Becky Safarik
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Every year, in fact every week, there’s something fun happening in Greeley. Here’s a sampling of our annual events in alphabetical order.
Agriculture Fest & Feast Centennial Village Museum greeleycreativedistrict.org
Arts Picnic 9th Street Plaza & Downtown Lincoln Park artspicnic.com
cinco de mayo Downtown Greeley & Island Grove Regional Park greeleycalendar.com
Civil War Weekend
Greeley Garden Tour greeleygardentour.org
Greeley Kennel Club Dog Show Island Grove Regional Park greeleykc.org
Greeley Lights the Night
Movies in various City parks greeleygov.com/festivals
Greeley Multi-Cultural Fest
Party for the Poudre at the river
Island Grove Regional Park poudretrail.org
Colorado Farm Show
Island Grove Regional Park greeleystampede.org
Island Grove Regional Park coloradofarmshow.com
Family Bike Nights
Downtown Lincoln Park greeleydowntown.com
Discovery Bay Water Park greeleygov.com/recreation
Meeker Home Museum greeleymuseums.com
Downtown Greeley greeleychamber.com
Centennial Village Museum greeleymuseums.com
Discovery Bay Doggie Day
Nathan Meeker’s Birthday
Pets ’n’ Popsicles Centennial Village Museum greeleymuseums.com
Centennial Village Museum greeleymuseums.com
High Plains Chautauqua
Trick or Treat Street
Aims Community College highplainschautauqua.org
Downtown Greeley 9th Street Plaza greeleydowntown.com
Various locations greeleybikes.com
Festival of Trees
Centennial Village Museum greeleymuseums.com
UNC/Greeley Jazz Fest
Weld County Fair
Union Colony Civic Center greeleyfestivaloftrees.com
Friday Fests/Go-Cup Concert Series
Greeley Blues Jam
Downtown Greeley greeleydowntown.com
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Island Grove Regional Park weldcountyfair.com
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Centennial Village Museum greeleymuseums.com
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attractions University of Northern Colorado Events
Theater performances, outdoor concerts, athletics, and more arts.unco.edu or unco.edu
Civic Center Season & Performances
Colorado Model Railroad Museum
Union Colony Civic Center 701 10th Avenue Downtown Greeley ucstars.com
680 10th Street cmrm.org
Centennial Village Museum 1475 A Street greeleymuseums.com Open May-Sept. with special events throughout the year
Greeley History Museum 714 8th Street greeleymuseums.com
Farmers’ Market Historic Union Pacific Depot/Zoe’s Cafe greeleygov.com/fm
First Friday Art Walk Monthly Downtown Greeley greeleydowntown.com
Greeley Ice Haus
Meeker Home Museum 1324 9th Avenue greeleymuseums.com
900 8th Avenue greeleyicehaus.com
802 9th Street Downtown Greeley moxitheater.com
Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra
Poudre River & Sheep Draw Trails
Season: Sept.-March greeleyphilharmonic.org
23.5 miles of paved off-road trails poudretrail.org
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Don’t forget to explore Greeley’s award winning craft breweries & distilleries!
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Greeley’s Water Conservation Conservation leaders since 1907
Greeley’s Water Conservation Program is not afraid to try new things. That’s one reason why it is a leader among Colorado water utilities in implementing effective conservation programs.
Changing a water rate structure is a massive endeavor, but Greeley accomplished that in 2017 after several years of research and testing. Being just the third utility in Colorado to adopt a water budget
“It took us a while, but we wanted to get it right,” said Ruth Quade, Greeley’s Water Conservation Coordinator. “It’s all about efficiency,” she says. “Someone with a large lawn, could be efficient and use the same amount of water as someone overwatering a small patch of grass. It is the same amount of water, but one person is being efficient, and one person is not.” The program also does not penalize large families.
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Greeley’s history of conservation is deep— the first watering restrictions were in place by 1907. With the new water budget, those restrictions for the most part went away. “Most people have stayed within their budgets, so we think this approach is working,” Quade said. And to help, Greeley provides incentives such as showerhead exchanges, indoor water efficiency audits, and rebates.
Greeley’s conservation program relentlessly promotes low-water landscaping, known as Xeriscape. “It gets a bad rap since many
people are still under the impression it is just gravel, cactus and yucca,” Quade said, “not realizing that it can be lush, colorful and beautiful. We work hard to bust that myth.” One way to experience Xeriscape is to visit Greeley’s garden at 2503 Reservoir Road. The garden attracts pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. Supplemental programs like the very popular landscape lecture series, Garden In A Box plant sale, a plant database (PlantsForGreeley. com), and much more, enhance Greeley’s efforts.
Greeley’s irrigation audit program is also very popular. It began in 2001 and in 2007 a full time Conservation Specialist was hired to take the program to the next level. In addition to free advice and irrigation education, post-audit rebates are available
to help fix issues found during the audit. “This program has been a success because of the high level of personalization,” Quade said. There’s more to come. This year, a successful rain barrel and compost bin sale occurred in May and a cash-for-grass pilot project is underway.
Connect to Greeley’s Conservation program: greeleygov.com/conserve @GreeleyWater @GreeleyWater
Read more about Greeley’s award winning water on page 28.
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p i c n i c 40 Years of Art, Music, Food, and Fun
At Greeley’s first Arts Picnic in 1979, about 2,000 people attended. Last year? Between 15,000 and 20,000. “Over the years we added more music, more arts & crafts, and more kids’ activities. We figured out a way to take a serious subject – art – and make it fun,” says Rhonda Welch, festival coordinator for the city’s Culture, Parks and Recreation Department, “and people responded to it.” From hand-made rocking horses and crocheted stuffed animals, to beautiful watercolors and stunning oil paintings, to
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hand-dyed batiks and fine art photography, says Welch, there’s something for everyone during the last full weekend every July. Despite the name, however, there’s a whole lot more to the festival than just art. Like food, for instance: turkey legs and gyros and Philly cheesesteaks and crepes. There’s a beer garden, too. And Magicians. And a roving circus troupe. And music? It’s nonstop on two stages: salsa, honky-tonk, big bands – even an Elvis impersonator. “We have people who come from all over the country,” says Welch. “I get calls from
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What does it take to turn downtown’s Lincoln Park into a juried art show and festival of family fun? “A tireless steering committee and about 150 amazing volunteers,” says Welch, “plus a whole lot of hard work.” Vendors and performers in particular appreciate what goes on behind the scenes: the planning, the logistics, the massive effort it takes to organize nearly 200 participants over a three-day event. (Not to mention the location itself, which offers plenty of cool shade on a warm summer weekend.) “I always hear from them how warm and welcoming the Arts Picnic is; how much they love the community and the people who come out every year for the festival,” she says, “and how this is their favorite show of the season.”
“there’s something for everyone!” –– Rhonda Welch, Festival Coordinator
people who are planning their high school reunions around Arts Picnic just so that they can use the kickoff concert as their Friday night event, and families planning their reunions so the weekend can be on their things-to-do-in-Greeley list.” Welch attributes the decades of success to a singular vision. “If we didn’t have the amazing committee that orchestrated that very first Arts Picnic,” she says, “we wouldn’t be celebrating 40 years in 2018.” 2018 | GreeleyUnexpected.com | 15
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Children in Weld County need a good education that will prepare them for the future. They deserve to live in a safe, nurturing home. The impact of not caring about our children now will cost us in the future. Economists say that for every dollar invested in early childhood, you save $17 to $21 later.
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Use the self-guided tours on the next two pages to find a number of interesting Greeley landmarks and amenities. Two driving tours hit the highlights: 30 minute Blue Route and 45 minute Gold Route—be sure to allow additional time to stop and explore!
One of Greeley’s oldest parks, it is a popular place for walkers, joggers, picnickers, bird watchers and wedding parties. NCMC is an award winning, fully accredited hospital equipped with an emergency room, blood donor services, cancer treatment center, cardiology unit, burn unit and trauma center. Completed in 1927—often referred to as “The Castle”—it is one of three traditional public high schools and is a magnet school for the visual and performing arts.
This state-of-the-art performance venue hosts UNC and Greeley Philharmonic performances as well as Broadway companies and local talent. The adjoining Greeley Recreation Center offers a full range of recreational facilities including a pool and fitness center. The Adult Activity Center sits on the north corner of this block. Designed in 1870, it is Greeley’s oldest park. Festivals and events take place here, including the annual Arts Picnic, the Oktobrewfest and more. You’ll see late 19th- and early 20th-century buildings, including the Weld County Courthouse. Visit the many restaurants, bars and boutique retail shops and enjoy the Friday Fest free music series on the 9th Street Plaza every Friday evening (June-September) and First Friday Art Walks year-round. Nearby you’ll find the Greeley Ice Haus, Greeley History Museum and the Colorado Model Railroad Museum, as well as the Historic Depot which houses Greeley’s Visitor Center and the outdoor Farmers’ Market. This beautiful historically designated neighborhood includes the homes of many prominent early residents, including town founder Nathan Meeker. This is a great walking and biking connector between the University area, the Creative District, and Historic Downtown. Many of these shops and restaurants cater to the college crowd–– coffee shops, art galleries, pizza places and more.
Founded in 1889 and now home to more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UNC offers 200 programs on 250 beautiful acres, with 20 institutes and centers, as well as numerous art galleries, performance venues and libraries. Hardware, groceries, craft supplies, restaurants and a range of other retail shops within walking distance of UNC. Greeley’s indoor mall retailers offer a variety of clothing, accessories and a multiplex cinema. Nearby, you’ll find hotels, restaurants and a local microbrewery tasting room. Major national retailers, smaller shops and numerous restaurants call this neighborhood home. And to the southwest across Highway 34, you’ll find the Greeley Commons shopping center with additional retail and restaurant offerings. Offering more than 200 degree and certification programs, Aims College has its picturesque 175-acre main campus here, with satellite campuses and online courses providing educational and career-track training. Eight baseball fields on 79 acres with a training facility, covered dugouts, indoor/outdoor batting cages, bleachers, restrooms and concessions. Lighted softball fields, 18-hole miniature golf course, a fieldhouse, fitness center, walking/jogging track, and an indoor water park, plus trails, fishing ponds and access to the Sheep Draw and Poudre trail systems. Walk, bike or jog around this popular park, featuring a huge pond and a paved path with picnic, playground, and restroom amenities. Stop by the Veteran’s and Fallen Officer’s memorials. Twelve tennis courts, a skate park, a huge 50-meter pool and water slide are adjacent to a ball field, the Centennial Branch Library, and Greeley’s Xeric Garden.
Experience Greeley: unco.edu/greeley Creative District: discovergreeleycreativedistrict.com Downtown Greeley: downtowngreeley.com University District: unco.edu/universitydistrict Greeley Unexpected: greeleyunexpected.com City of Greeley: greeleygov.com Greeley Chamber of Commerce/Visit Greeley: visitgreeley.org Poudre River Trail: poudretrail.org 2018 | GreeleyUnexpected.com | 17
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New Development Makes Major Greeley has had much to celebrate in the last year! A new, upscale hotel and conference center opened Downtown immediately attracting new visitors, business meetings, conferences and special events. And new restaurants, hospitality and retail outlets are choosing to locate in every corner of the city. In addition, residents have approved funding initiatives to support school and transportation improvements. All of that
South Maddie on 8th Avenue
reinforces the notion that Greeley, now with a population of more than 107,000, has grown up! Here are three examples of more exciting developments planned for 2018.
The Richmark Development Company of Greeley continues to make major investments downtown. Their purchase of 43 properties over the past two years has enabled them to plan some large projects. The first publicly announced project is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;South Maddieâ&#x20AC;? apartments: approximately 220 new apartments will be added along 8th Avenue on three separate parcels of land. These new, multi-story buildings will include some street-level retail space and other features. The project is a public private partnership between Richmark, the Downtown Development Authority and the City of Greeley. Anticipated groundbreaking: Fall of 2018.
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UCHealth Greeley Hospital
Greeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second hospital is well on its way to completion. The new UCHealth 53 bed hospital in south Greeley, which includes an intensive care unit, emergency department, operating rooms, cardiology services, and a birth center, anchors a 22 acre $185 million dollar campus that also features a multispecialty medical center. This major construction project is located southeast of Highway 34 and 71st Avenue and will employ approximately 300 health care professionals. Anticipated completion: Late 2018.
City Center â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Phase I
The already completed Fire Department headquarters/station #1 building at 1155 10th Avenue, and the first phase of a new city hall complex comprise the City Center project to date. The new city hall office building at 11th Avenue and 11th Street, will house Greeley Municipal Court, the Water & Sewer Department, IT, central records storage, the City Council chambers, and GTV8 studio space. This initiative will centralize offices for efficiency, cost savings, and improved customer service. Other City departments will remain in downtown buildings until City Center Phase II is built sometime in the future. Phase I completion: September 2018. 2018 | GreeleyUnexpected.com | 21
Greeley’s Creative Courage by Wes Sam Bruce and Armando Silva
Colorful murals and art trees, premier performance venues, free concerts, festivals galore, all wrapped in a statecertified creative district that is the center of downtown activity, including dining, entertainment, history, art and more. What helps make Greeley and the district unique is the public art scattered throughout the city. It was in the spring of 2016 that we published the last tally. At that time, Greeley had 450 pieces of public art. Incredibly, that number is now 560 due to the City’s 1% for Art Program and generous private donations. The outlook is very bright says Kim Snyder, the City of Greeley’s Public Art coordinator, “By the end of this year we will likely add another ten pieces to the collection.” GreeleyArt.com
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Warm Hugs Building Artwork by Eleanor Yates
In April and May of 2018 the east facing wall of this tidy old building at 809 10th Street received a major facelift in the form of a new outdoor mural. Local artist Eleanor Yates has painted more than one hundred murals across the globe ranging in size from a few feet to five stories tall. Up close, her new Greeley mural will look like hundreds if not thousands of dots, but from a short distance, the picture becomes crisp and distinct. Rocketree by Kristin DeSantis
8th Street Plaza Walkway Artwork by Frank Garza
Greeley’s downtown plazas are connected via a partially covered walkway that is now decorated with seven two-part panels. Local artist Frank Garza, best known in Greeley for his large murals along the south wall of the Greeley History Museum, created and installed images of downtown events juxtaposed with current day themes.
City Center – Phase I
Artwork by Amy Baur & Brian Boldon
As the customer service center for Greeley city government, this indoor location for artwork will have significant visibility. The artists’ unique process of transferring photos will showcase Greeley with past and presentday images. A portion of the artwork includes ceramic shapes created by a 3-D printer.
Storm Drain Murals
By Greeley High School Artists
Five sidewalk murals will be painted to raise awareness of the importance of clean water and the damaging impacts of dumping hazardous waste down storm drains. The 2018 murals will be a pilot program with locations throughout the city.
Artwork by Laurie Lundquist
Woodbriar Park is getting a complete rebuild and Lundquist will use Earth Art—natural materials found on site such as rock, soil, sand, and water—to increase awareness of the natural environment while challenging traditional definitions of art. 2018 | GreeleyUnexpected.com | 23
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A Musical Proving Ground
“When I ask our students what they want to achieve in this program,” says Dana Landry, director of jazz studies in the University of Colorado’s School of Music, “they tell me that, first and foremost, they want to become better musicians. They see UNC as a fertile place to do that – and I think Greeley is a big part of it.” Landry, who earned his master’s degree at UNC, says that music students need to be in a place where they can go beyond the classroom and recital hall to further develop their craft. And Greeley, it turns out, offers plenty of opportunities to do just that. “There are so many places to make music here,” he says. Students arrive at UNC focused on music – but they’re often unsure exactly how to apply it. By the time they leave, they’re well on their way to becoming working professionals around the world, having been given opportunities within the community to work on their art. Like Angela Parish, the singer/ songwriter featured in the film La La Land, and Chris Smith, jazz drummer and instructor in New York City. “I think they feel empowered when they leave here,” explains Landry. “They can go and do whatever it is they want to do.”
An International Reputation
“It is important to continue the outstanding legacy and tradition that has been built here,” says Michael Alexander, director of UNC’s School of Music. “We continue to attract incredible faculty who are national and international leaders in their disciplines.” It’s how excellence is sustained, he explains. And it’s why, right now, 534 students are studying music at UNC—95 of them in the jazz program. “That’s huge,” says Alexander. With just over 12,000 students enrolled in the university, he says, that means one in 23 is at UNC to study music. 2018 | GreeleyUnexpected.com | 25
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if it weren’t for a little magic… …your water would taste just like everyone else’s. Maybe it’s the fact that it comes from high up in the Rocky Mountains. Or maybe it’s because Greeley’s water department is really good at what it does. Either way, our community’s water was recently voted the best-tasting in all of North America. And it costs less than 0.4¢ a gallon – delivered right to your door. drink up at GreeleyH2O.com
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Thirst-Quenching, LifeGiving, Award-Winning
In 2017, at the American Water Works Association’s 13th annual “Best of the Best” Water Taste Test held in Philadelphia, a sample of Greeley’s tap water was not only named the best-tasting in all of North America, it also won the People’s Choice award. It was the first time a city claimed both titles in a single year. And it’s the first time Greeley entered the contest.
“They’re really proud of their work. And they should be.” –– John Thornhill, Water Resources Operations Manager
So what’s the city’s secret?
“A lot of it comes down to decisions made 20, 50, even 100 years ago” says John Thornhill, water resources operations manager for Greeley Water and Sewer. From the choice to locate the first treatment plant at the mouth of the Poudre River Canyon near the source of that great-tasting water to the building of a 36-mile gravityfed transmission line to Greeley, water department employees have always worked decades ahead of current demand. It’s how the city has been able to meet the needs of a growing population. “That’s how we have to think,” says Thornhill, “in order to properly manage this precious resource. It just can’t be done in one or two years.” What’s ironic, he says, is that most of those employees won’t be around in 50 years to see the fruits of their labor. “This award belongs to those earlier generations as much as it belongs to us.”
What’s Behind the Faucet
So where’s that delicious water come from? Probably not where you’d think. It starts as snowfall in the Rocky Mountains and is captured during the spring runoff in six high-mountain reservoirs owned by the city. From there it goes to one of two treatment plants before traveling to Greeley over 141 miles of transmission lines. Three covered reservoirs and an elevated tank hold the water on the outskirts of town. To get to homes and businesses, it’s piped through 457 miles of distribution lines. “Our guys take their jobs very seriously,” says Thornhill. “They’re really proud of their work. And they should be.” 28 | GreeleyUnexpected.com | 2018
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District 6 – Serving up Nutrition alongside Education Taking Advantage of an Agricultural Bounty
Asked why Greeley-Evans School District 6 goes to the trouble of preparing thousands of meals every day – from scratch – Danielle Bock, the district’s Nutrition Services Director, doesn’t hesitate. “Greeley is in the ninth largest agricultural district in the country,” she says. “We just asked ourselves: Why are we purchasing frozen, prepared slices of cheese pizza, heating them, and serving them to our kids? Why aren’t we using the products that we have locally?” Weld County already has commercialscale operations producing onions, potatoes, carrots, and pinto beans, she explains, as well as smaller farmers growing things like tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and peppers year-round. And it isn’t just fresh fruits and vegetables; it’s also local beef, chicken, and pork. In fact, 98 percent of the dairy products the district serves come from local farms. For Danielle and her team, it’s a nobrainer: Greeley kids deserve real food. Plus, she adds, scratch-made meals provide the opportunity to reinvest in the community. “We’re either paying Tyson factory workers in New York to create chicken nuggets for us,” she says, “or we’re putting that money in the hands of local growers.” “We have this amazing abundance,” says Bock. “All we did was decide to take full advantage of it.”
Now Serving: Homemade Bean & Cheese Burritos
How local is local? And what does “from scratch” mean, exactly? School District 6 makes a bean and cheese burrito that starts, amazingly, with pinto beans grown on a family farm just north of Greeley. They’re rolled in tortillas baked fresh at Greeley’s own Los Comales. Then green chilies from Tigges Farm, about 10 miles as the crow flies from the kitchens at Nutrition Services, are fireroasted and turned into a sauce. “We top those bean burritos with our locally grown green chilies,” says Kara Sample, programs coordinator and assistant director. “And yeah—they’re delicious.”
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