South Platte Working Group
Since 2006, the South Platte Working Group (SPWG) has secured more than $50 million to conserve and enhance the South Platte River corridor in Arapahoe County. The SPWG has completed more than 20 large-scale projects.
2006 - 2012 - The SPWG was first convened by Arapahoe County in 2006 with a $3 million pledge from the Open Space Sales and Use Tax. By 2012, the SPWG secured more than $22 million in additional funding, including a $5.25 million Legacy Grant from Great Outdoors Colorado. During this time, the SPWG acquired 50 acres of open space and built six new bike/pedestrian bridges, six trailheads, and 3.2 miles of new trail.
2013 - Present - In 2013, the SPWG completed the South Platte River Corridor Vision project to prioritize and program funding for a second major phase of investment along the South Platte River. This process led to another $25 million in projects (including $8 million from Arapahoe County Open Spaces), including significant investments at South Platte Park, Reynolds Landing, and Riverside Downs in Littleton, and River Run and the East Bank Trail in Sheridan and Englewood. An additional $3+ million has been spent to make improvements to Hudson Gardens, Lee Gulch, and Creekside Experience in Littleton and the Bear Creek Trail in Sheridan.
Current South Platte Working Group projects include:
- Conducting a study of the Mary Carter Greenway Trail in Littleton, Sheridan, and Englewood to identify future safety, capacity, and amenity improvements.
- Designing and constructing major improvements to Reynolds Landing in Littleton that will enhance recreation opportunities, improve river health and habitat, provide additional river access, and more.
Download a map highlighting major investments along the South Platte River.
South Platte Working Group Accolades
The group has received several awards since its inception, including:
- 2020 Grand Conceptor Award - American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado (River Run)
- 2019 Project of the Year - American Public Works Association (Colorado) (River Run)
South Platte Working Group Resources
- Statement of Purpose
- South Platte River Corridor Vision Report
- South Platte Connections Study: September 2019