Loveland is known as the “Sweetheart City” but its thriving arts scene is what inspires passion in many residents. Numerous nationally acclaimed sculptors call Loveland home. You can see their work at area galleries and tour the foundries. The Benson Park Sculpture Garden contains impressive collection and you will find interesting artwork throughout the city. Each August, the city hosts Sculpture in the Park , a world renowned outdoor sculpture show attended by 150,000 art lovers. The almost 100-year-old Rialto Theatre has been lovingly restored and hosts performing arts groups & musicians and business meetings. In keeping with tradition, the Rialto periodically features silent films with live music accompaniment.
Any visitor to the thriving downtown area of Loveland, replete with examples of traditional Colorado architecture will know that Loveland is big on charm. With 25 city parks, including North Lake Park on the lovely and centrally located Lake Loveland, and Boyd Lake State Park, a boater/angler/water skiers paradise just outside of town, Loveland is big on recreation.
Loveland is big on beauty. It’s nestled against the Rocky Mountains and is a hop skip and a jump from Rocky Mountain National Park.
A low crime rate, a solid school system, quality health care, countless entertainment options and friendly Lovelanders mean Loveland is big on quality of life.
- Population: 70,223
- Elevation: 4982 ft.
- Climate: Nearly 300 days of sunshine per year and 14 inches of precipitation.
- Geography: 45 miles from Denver, 22 miles from Ft. Collins, 20 miles from Greeley.
- Churches: There are over 60 churches serving every denomination.
- Median family income: $54775
The Thompson School District is one of the best in the state. Its ACT scores are above the state average. For higher education, Loveland is in close proximity to Ft. Collins (home of Colorado State University), Boulder (Colorado University) and Greeley (University of Northern Colorado) and Boulder (University of Colorado) It also hosts campuses of Aims Community College and Regis University.
The city park system is extensive in Loveland. There are over 25 city parks, plus two mountain parks nearby. The recently completed Loveland Sports Park boasts a synthetic turf Championship Field with terraced seating, field lighting, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, inline hockey rinks and a skate park. If you like to hit the links, the Northern Colorado region has experienced a golf boom in recent years and there are literally dozens of courses within an hour’s drive, including three city-owned facilities.
Loveland is “The Gateway to the Rockies” for many reasons. It is where the Great Plains meet the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Skiers are about three hours away from world-class slopes; hikers and campers have hundreds of miles of trails to choose from in Rocky Mountain National Park (30 minutes away); anglers can cast their flies in countless, pristine mountain streams and nearby lakes. Boyd Lake State Park offers options for boaters, anglers, water skiers and beach goers.
Major employers include Agilent Technologies, Thompson School District, McKee Medical Center and Wal-Mart DIstribution Center.
Banner Health’s McKee Medical Center and University of Colorado Health’s Medical Center of the Rockies offer Loveland residents a full complement options in health care.
Loveland offers a wide variety of shopping from antique shops in historic downtown to bargains at outlet stores to The Promenade Shops at Centerra lifestyle center
Each year, hundreds of Valentines are packaged inside larger envelopes and sent to Loveland, where volunteers hand-stamp them with that year’s Valentine verse and share their passion for this land of love across the globe.