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December 5, 2018

Sand Creek Greenway, Finding Wilderness in the City

We recently had the pleasure of meeting with Beth Nobles, Executive Director of the Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership. Here’s our FB Live video in case you missed it and some more info on all the Sand Creek Regional Greenway has to offer.

Written by Beth Nobles

We invite Stapleton residents to discover a hidden benefit to living in the neighborhood, our 14 mile Sand Creek Greenway trail. The trail runs east-west through the north metro area, from Aurora’s soccer fields through Stapleton and west through Commerce City until it meets the S. Platte trail near York Street. It is a popular route for walkers, runners, bicyclists and families wanting an outing in a green space.

We go by a hashtag on social media, #WildernessInTheCity, because we’re a great place to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Along our trail we have two nature centers, Star K Ranch/Morrison Nature Center in Aurora and Bluff Lake Nature Center in Denver; and even in the more industrial areas of the Greenway, we’ve seen deer, coyote, owls, beaver, muskrat, water birds and song birds.

We’re reaching out to the community and working to get folks involved through our volunteer workdays and citizen scientist efforts, by participating in the Walk2Connect walks we sponsor, as well as our other programming. Check out our calendar at sandcreekgreenway.org or email our Executive Director, Beth Nobles at bnobles@sandcreekgreenway.org

Next year, look for the start of enhancements to the trail, including at the end of 2019, a new Greenway map we’ll distribute in the community free of charge. You can find a current map here.

In our desire to get folks to enjoy this great resource—not just the trail, but our Sand Creek and the riparian areas—we’re sending a Winter Family Fun Guide to everyone who donates to our nonprofit before the end of the year. Your support makes a big difference in our ability to improve the trail, offer environmental education programs to kids, and add volunteer opportunities to our calendar. Giving is easy online at www.sandcreekgreenway.org/donate

Our Greenway was part of the vision for Stapleton after its days as an airport, so we’ve been a thirty-year effort, the last eighteen as the nonprofit, Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership. We thank Joe Phillips and his Stapleton Scoop team for sharing our trail with you!

As we say on our Facebook page, Twitter feed, and Instagram account: “We hope you’ll include our Sand Creek Greenway and 14 miles of #wildernessinthecity in your adventures!”

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