Renovation sign in Old Town SquareRenovations are underway to Fort Collins’ Old Town Square! The Downtown Development Authority started the project at the end of March of this year and they hope to have it completed by
summer’s end. Old Town Square is the iconic heart of the city, and the DDA said the area was being “loved to death,” with thousands of residents and visitors enjoying the area throughout the year for shopping, restaurants, musical events, art shows, festivals, and more. The previous infrastructure had been in place for more than 30 years and the cost of keeping it up began to outweigh the cost of renovations.Old Town Square construction

Construction hasn’t slowed down activities in the Old Town area, though. The Downtown Development Authority is hosting events throughout construction in an effort to maintain the family-friendly atmosphere of Old Town and keep the spirit of the area alive. During the month of June, Front Range Community College showcased movies from their videography students on the South end of the Square. In July, the Square will be home to “Back to the Future” films and activities, while in August you can enjoy the Art Chairs and Art Pots Contest.

The Downtown Development Authority hopes to have the renovations complete in time for NewWestFest, one of the biggest annual events in downtown Fort Collins taking place from August 14th to the 16th and featuring three days of vendors, food, and free music from nationally recognized artists. The main stage may not be ready by then, but there are sure to be plenty of activities taking place in Old Town Square during the festival.

In addition to scheduled events, you can keep up with pop-up events, contests, and surprises hosted by the DDA in the Old Town Square area by following them on Facebook, Twitter, and their website, where you can also see renderings of the final plans for the area!