Event

Big Splash at The 1883 Water Works

Poudre Landmarks Foundation invites the public to its annual Big Splash at the 1883 Fort Collins Water Works on June 15 at 2005 N. Overland Trail. This free event is a Fort Collins favorite that offers fun for all ages. Take a journey into the past and discover how this facility began delivering our most precious resource to an eager town in 1883.

Sponsored by Poudre Landmarks Foundation, which oversees ongoing restoration of this regional water interpretive center, the event includes: 

• Tours of the historic buildings
• Poudre Fire Authority fire truck and water spray demonstration
• Bucket brigade antique fire-fighting activity 
• Water activities from the City of Fort Collins
• Coloring contest for all age groups
• Blacksmithing demonstration
• Vintage lawn games
• Grandma’s Attic vintage clothing dress-up
• Food trucks
• Tables for picnics
• Onsite plein air painting by local artists
• Plus lots more!

Commemorating the facility’s first delivery of water to Fort Collins in June 1883, the Big Splash event is free to the public. Donations are welcome and go toward the nonprofit Poudre Landmarks Foundation’s mission to preserve, restore, protect, and interpret the architectural and cultural heritage of the Fort Collins area.

Extra bike racks will be available for visitors who stop by while enjoying Fort Collins’ many bike trails.