Loveland, nestled against the Rocky Mountains and close to Rocky Mountain National Park, greatly emphasizes its scenic beauty. It is renowned as the "Sweetheart City," but the thriving art scene ignites passion among its residents. Loveland is home to numerous nationally acclaimed sculptors whose works can be admired at local galleries and foundries. The city boasts the impressive Benson Park Sculpture Garden and captivating artwork scattered throughout its streets. Notably, Loveland hosts Sculpture in the Park every August, a world-famous outdoor sculpture show that attracts 150,000 art enthusiasts. The Rialto Theatre, a nearly century-old establishment, has been meticulously restored and serves as a venue for performing arts groups, musicians, and business meetings. In keeping with tradition, the Rialto periodically showcases silent films accompanied by live music.
A visit to Loveland's vibrant downtown area, featuring splendid examples of traditional Colorado architecture, confirms its inherent charm. With 25 city parks, including the centrally located and picturesque Lake Loveland's North Lake Park and the nearby Boyd Lake State Park—a haven for boaters, anglers, and water skiers—recreation thrives in Loveland.
Loveland's commitment to quality of life is evident through its low crime rate, excellent school system within the Thompson School District, quality healthcare provided by establishments like Banner Health's McKee Medical Center and University of Colorado Health's Medical Center of the Rockies, abundant entertainment options, and the friendly nature of its residents.
Education in Loveland benefits from its proximity to esteemed institutions such as Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado University in Boulder, the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, and the University of Colorado in Boulder. Additionally, Loveland hosts Aims Community College and Regis University campuses.
The city's recreational offerings are extensive, encompassing over 25 city parks and two nearby mountain parks. The recently completed Loveland Sports Park features a synthetic turf Championship Field and amenities like terraced seating, field lighting, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, inline hockey rinks, and a skate park. Golf enthusiasts can take advantage of the golf boom in the Northern Colorado region, with numerous courses accessible within an hour's drive, including three city-owned facilities.
Loveland truly serves as "The Gateway to the Rockies" for several reasons. Positioned at the Great Plains meeting point and the Rocky Mountains' foothills, it offers easy access to world-class skiing destinations merely three hours away. Hikers and campers can explore the vast network of trails in Rocky Mountain National Park, a half-hour drive from the city, while anglers can indulge in their passion in the pristine mountain streams and nearby lakes. Boyd Lake State Park provides a wealth of boating, fishing, water skiing, and beach recreation opportunities.
Major employers in Loveland include Agilent Technologies, Thompson School District, McKee Medical Center, and Wal-Mart Distribution Center, contributing to a robust local job market.
With its array of shopping options, Loveland caters to diverse tastes, ranging from antique shops in the historic downtown area to outlet stores offering great bargains, as well as the upscale lifestyle center known as The Promenade Shops at Centerra.
Every year, Loveland receives hundreds of Valentine's Day cards in larger envelopes, which are then hand-stamped by dedicated volunteers with a unique Valentine’s verse for that year. This heartfelt tradition enables Loveland to share its love-themed spirit with people worldwide.