Poudre fire authority demonstrates the fire hose at the big splash

Big Splash at the Water Works

Poudre Landmarks Foundation celebrates its annual Big Splash at the 1883 Fort Collins Water Works on a dedicated Saturday in June on-site at 2005 N. Overland Trail. The event commemorates the month the facility first delivered water to Fort Collins in June 1883.


Big Splash at the Water Works features:

  • Tours of the historic buildings

  • Bucket brigade, fire engine, and history booth from Poudre Fire Authority

  • Water trivia games and activities from the City of Fort Collins

  • Blacksmithing demonstration

  • Gold panning

  • Food truck (in 2017, the truck was The Rollin' Stone Wood Fired Pizzeria!)

This free event is a Fort Collins favorite that offers fun for all ages every year. Guests take a journey into the past and discover how this facility began delivering our most precious resource to an eager town in 1883. Poudre Landmarks Foundation sponsors the event and oversees the ongoing restoration of this regional water interpretive center.

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 are available for visitors who stop by while enjoying Fort Collins’ many bike trails.

photos from 2017