Are Coming to Life

Join us for a Community Celebration!
Saturday, October 2 from 3 – 6 p.m.

Celebrate the completion of Phase I improvements at Balsam Sports Complex and the East Greeley Natural Area.

  • Experience the outdoor activities
  • Enjoy food and live music
  • Create artwork
  • Find giveaways
  • Enter to win great prizes

Ribbon cutting will be located at 714 E 24th Street in Greeley at the Discovery Bay Waterpark parking lot.

These improvements offer great opportunities for the neighborhood to enjoy the outdoors through nature play, walking, and more!





We’re looking for naming ideas for the Natural Area too.

Have an idea for a name in mind?

Submit Your East Greeley Natural Area Name Suggestion by December 17

Watch Inside Greeley to see the improvements being made to Balsam Sports Complex and the new East Greeley Natural Area!

Here is how East Greeley Parks are coming to life!

The City of Greeley, in partnership with the Jerry Pawl unit of the Boys and Girls Club, School District 6, Poudre Learning Center, Colorado Youth Outdoors, and GOCO has been working in the East Memorial neighborhood for over four years to identify opportunities to address barriers to outdoor recreation in East Greeley.

In 2018 the Colorado Health Foundation awarded the City of Greeley 1.1 million dollars to support East Greeley in becoming a thriving, healthy environment for families.  Funding will support resident outreach and engagement, community art, programming and multiple park improvements.

The following will be renovated in an effort to provide more opportunities for youth and families to play out of doors and close to home

  • Delta Park
  • Balsam Sports Complex
  • East Memorial Park
  • East Memorial Natural Area (located just east of Discovery Bay pool) will be developed as a new nature play park site

Additionally, free PLAY ON THE WAY mobile recreation programming will bring outdoor team sports, fitness and backyard games to area parks throughout the summer and community art installations will be installed in East Greeley.

Questions or comments?

Fabiola Padilla-Vega
Healthy Neighborhood Coordinator

Office: 970-336-4179  | Cell: 970-590-1695
Fax: 970-346-8486 | Email: Fabiola.Padilla@Greeleygov.com

Play on the Way Mobile Recreation

Where fun comes to you!

Past Events

  • July 2019 – Block Party
  • April 2019 – Community input on ideas for park programming. Languages spoken; Somali, Amharic, Swahili, Oromo, and Spanish.
  • May 2019 – Feedback on Conceptual designs. Languages spoken; Somali, Amharic, Swahili, Oromo, and Spanish.
  • October 2020 – Zumba Classes @ East Memorial Park
  • October 2020 – Dia de los Muertos Virtual 5K

Project Information

Past community input captured through the Get Outdoors Greeley effort and the Urban Land Institute report will help to guide the work.

Major Design Tasks and Priorities

  • Engage a diverse group of residents in the planning and development of park improvements
  • Expanded use of Balsam Sports Complex
  • Improve routes to parks
  • Activate Delta Park with play elements, plantings, nature play, small playground and colorful ground markings
  • Develop East Memorial Natural Area
  • Develop East Memorial Park concept: edible forest, wellness loop, community gathering place interactive play area, landscaping, lighting, and park furniture
  • Provide a framework for a healthy, active community experience
  • Program active and diverse multigenerational activities at all sites

Timeline of Events

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What work is being done and where?

Final park design for each of the four sites will be the result of a creative and extensive community outreach and engagement process. Consultants and a dedicated Healthy Neighborhood Coordinator will work to establish and build relationships with neighborhood residents in an effort to empower residents in a collaborative decision-making process. Neighborhood grants will further allow residents to self-select and initiate neighborhood projects.

Additional Design Tasks

East Memorial Park Concept

  • edible forest, wellness loop, and interactive play area
  • community gather place, lighting, and park furniture
  • landscaping that invites exploration

East Greeley Natural Area

  • Utilize Inspire Greeley and Urban Land Institute recommendations
  • walking paths and climbing elements for many skill levels
  • balance beam logs, stepping stones, climbing logs
  • water play, nature play, archery, toddler play, bike skills course

Delta Park

  • activate with play elements
  • plantings, nature play
  • small playground
  • colorful ground marking

Balsam Sports Complex

  • improve lighting
  • emphasize spontaneous play for young children
  • add additional programming

Why do we need this project?

As a densely populated, geographically isolated community with approximately 7,200 residents, this neighborhood has a higher percentage of youth than the greater Greeley area.

In Weld County, only 43.9% of children aged 5-14 are getting the recommended amount of physical activity (Colorado Child Health Survey, 2013).

Development of new park facilities combined with renovation of existing parks will seek to provide neighborhood residents access to a high-quality network of outdoor spaces that offer a spectrum of opportunities and can be activated with outdoor programming in the hopes of increasing physical activity among children and their families in East Greeley.This work will provide a quality natural environment within walking distance for over 75% of east Greeley residents.

In addition to the parks, the project aims to have a lasting impact on the residents to create a strong sense of community, empowerment and pride in their neighborhood. This sets the precedent for the community to continue to give direction for changes in their neighborhood that they would like to see.

Area Residents


Children aged 5-14 getting the recommended amount of physical activity

This work will provide a quality natural environment within walking distance.

  • East Greeley Residents Within Walking Distance 75% 75%

Frequently Asked Questions

When will construction start?

How long is construction going to last?

Will the surrounding streets be closed during construction?

Two parks will be constructed in 2020 and two will be constructed in 2021.

Each site will be under construction for approximately 6 months to a year dependent on the scope of improvements selected for construction.

Street closures are not anticipated at this time however, construction activities may at times impact normal traffic flows.

Cache la Poudre Youth Inspire Initiative

In 2016, the City of Greeley Parks Division engaged several local youth to help gather and analyze public input on its parks and trails. The youth, along with the Poudre Learning Center, Greeley/Evans School District 6, Colorado Youth Outdoors, the Poudre Heritage Alliance and the Weld County Department of Public Health, held several planning meetings throughout the area and summarized their findings into a final report. This summary will be a resource for future outdoor recreational planning.