Lake Loveland (subject of the 1950's Guy Lombardo hit "there's a Lovely Lake in Loveland"), was created in 1893 out of a swampy depression known as Hays Lake.
Today, Lake Loveland remains the 'gem' of the town -- the center of activity and pleasure for all of Loveland and its visitors.
While the lake itself is private (the recreational rights belong to the homeowners surrounding the lake) the The South Shore offers fishing and a beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains. North Lake Park borders the lake's north side and features a swim beach, fishing, park with train, playgrounds, tennis courts, raquetball courts, basketball courts, picnicking, softball fields, an ampitheater, and general outdoor fun. All public-accessible areas are managed by the City of Loveland's Parks and Recreation Department.
The famous Benson Sculpture Park is located just north of North Lake Park and offers over a hundred sculptures in a beautiful outdoor setting.
The second weekend of August is Art Weekend in Loveland with the two outdoor sculpture shows -- Sculpture in the Park and the Loveland Invitational Sculpture Show -- and the Art in the Park art festival.