Canal Collaborative

HLC Working Group 2.jpgThe Canal Collaborative (formerly the High Line Canal Working Group) brings together the Canal's regional partners to do more for the Canal together than any one entity can do alone. The Canal Collaborative, which includes leaders from Denver Water, local governments, stormwater managers and the High Line Canal Conservancy, will ensure this treasured resource is preserved, protected and enhanced as a regional legacy for future generations.  


In 2019, Arapahoe County and its partners in the High Line Canal Working Group completed The Plan for the High Line Canal under leadership of the High Line Canal Conservancy. The Plan identifies a number of opportunities to improve trail users’ safety and experiences, add new amenities along the trail, address environmental health along the corridor, repurpose the former irrigation ditch to collect stormwater, and more.

Current priorities include:

  • Designing and constructing trail underpasses at three busy road crossings in Aurora, at the border of Littleton and Centennial, and unincorporated Arapahoe County. 
  • Improving an at-grade trail crossing of Orchard Road in Greenwood Village.
  • Resurfacing degraded sections of the trail in Greenwood Village and unincorporated Arapahoe County.
  • Installing uniform wayfinding signage along the trail corridor.
  • Improving trail access and amenities in the Laredo Highline neighborhood in north Aurora.

Learn more about the recent High Line Canal accomplishments and current projects along the trail.

About the High Line Canal Trail

The High Line Canal Trail is one of the longest urban trails in the country. It meanders for 71 miles through the Denver metro area across 11 jurisdictions, 6 of which are served by Arapahoe County. More than 350,000 residents live within one mile of the Canal, and more than 500,000 people use the trail each year.