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Fort Collins will have a new natural area near the Poudre River and the public can help name the property. / Courtesy of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department

FT. COLLINS - Think you'd be good at naming a park or natural area? Here's your chance to show your talent.

The Fort Collins Natural Areas Department is acquiring 31 acres of riverside property along the Poudre River to later be developed into a new natural area, and the city wants the public's help in naming the area.

The plot of land located on the north edge of Old Town, along the Poudre River between Mulberry Street and Lincoln Avenue, will be transferred by Woodward Inc. to the Natural Areas Department in late December or early 2014. The area is currently closed to the public as Woodward's new $200 million corporate headquarters and manufacturing center is being built.

The natural area will serve as a buffer between the office area and the river, and provide transportation via a rebuilt section of the Poudre Trail, according to a release. The natural area is expected to open next spring, while restoration efforts continue into 2015.

As for naming the natural area, names that reflect the area's ecological features and habitat will be given priority. Wildlife names should be a species that frequents the area. Same deal for plants.

Names could be based on geological features, historical use of the site or settlements of native people. Names of streets, parks, subdivisions and the like are given the lowest priority.

Name suggestions must be received by December 10.

Email your best suggestions to or mail them to:
Natural Areas Names, Natural Areas Department
City of Fort Collins, Box 580
Fort Collins, CO 80522

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