Loveland’s Parks & Recreation Department offers an abundance of programming for each season at facilities throughout Loveland including city parks, athletic fields, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, playgrounds, picnic shelters, recreation trails, swimming areas and nature areas.
Loveland maintains twenty-two softball fields, eight baseball fields and offers a batting cage facility that houses six slow-pitch and two fast-pitch softball machines, four baseball machines. The City of Loveland hosts Softball Tournaments at Barnes Complex at Fairgrounds Park from early spring through late fall. Twenty-one outdoor tennis courts and ten outdoor basketball courts, with over half offering lit facilities, are available throughout the city. Loveland has two summertime outdoor swim locations; a free swim beach at Lake Loveland and Winona Outdoor Pool which is a fee based outdoor swimming pool adjacent to Osborn Park.
Walking, hiking, biking or running along Loveland’s 17.5 miles of recreational trails offers a healthy and fun way to enjoy the 300 days of annual sunshine in Loveland. Various trails exist around the city; whether you are looking for a scenic nature path near the foothills, along Big Thompson River or at Devil’s Backbone, or a walk around one of Loveland’s beautiful lakes or through Loveland’s natural wetlands. Striking views of the Rocky Mountains and wildlife such as deer, elk, eagles, hawks, geese and more can be found throughout the city.
Lakes and Reservoirs
Loveland is home to many beautiful lakes and reservoirs. Lake Loveland is considered the jewel of the town and the center of many activities and events. The South Shore offers fishing and a beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains. North Lake Park borders the lake’s north side and features a swim beach, fishing, park with train, playgrounds, tennis courts, racquetball courts, basketball courts, picnicking, softball fields, an amphitheater and general outdoor fun.
Additionally, Loveland has many other public water destinations: Carter Lake is 1,100 acres surrounded by 1,000 acres of public land. Pinewood Reservoir is 327 acres of public lands surrounding a 100-acre reservoir. Boyd Lake State Park offers camping, boating, swimming and fishing on over 1,700 acres of water.
The Parks & Recreation Department offers indoor recreation for year-round programming at the Hatfield Chilson Recreation/Senior Center. The 85,000-square-foot center is a state-of-the-art, full-service recreation facility located at the Civic Center that offers a variety of amenities and services including fitness, aquatics, court sports, senior center and conference and activity space.
For golf enthusiasts, Loveland has three golf courses and a mini-course offering scenic vistas, beautifully maintained greens, plenty of hills and challenging water hazards.
With a relaxed dress code and sociable atmosphere, all golf courses are open to the public. Whether you choose award-winning Mariana Butte with its soaring elevated tees and challenges holes that border the rushing Big Thompson River; the Olde Course offering a carefully cultivated progression, tree-lined fairways and undulating greens; or the Cattail Creek Golf Course with water challenges throughout, Loveland offers the perfect golf experience. Visit www.GolfLoveland.com for information or to reserve online tee times, call (970) 669-5800.