South Platte Working Group

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Since 2006, the South Platte Working Group (SPWG) has secured more than $50 million to conserve and enhance property along the South Platte River corridor in Arapahoe County. The SPWG has completed, or is in the process of completing, more than 20 large-scale projects. Most notably, the SPWG received two significant grants from Great Outdoors Colorado: a 2007 Legacy Grant and a 2016 Connect Grant. The following is a more detailed list of accomplishments.

2006 - 2012 - Convened by Arapahoe County in 2006 with a $3 million pledge from the Open Space Sales and Use Tax, the SPWG secured more than $25 million in funding, including a $5.25 million Legacy Grant from Great Outdoors Colorado. The SPWG acquired 50 acres of open space, built six new bike/pedestrian bridges, added six trailheads and 3.2 miles of new trail during this time.

2013 - Present - In 2013, the working group completed the South Platte Vision Charette with Stream Design group to prioritize and program funding along the South Platte River. From the Vision Charette, the SPWG programmed a total of $25 million ($8 million came from Arapahoe County Open Spaces) to complete the following projects:
  • South Platte Park Enhancements in Littleton ($5 million)
  • River Run Park & East Bank Trail in Sheridan and Englewood ($14.7 million)
    • Constructed a new trailhead, two new in-river features, and a mile of new trail between Creekside Experience and River Run
  • Reynolds Landing in Littleton ($3.5 million)
    • Revitalized the trailhead and created new soft surface trails
  • Riverside Downs in Littleton ($1.14 million)
    • Reoriented the commercial area near Belleview and Santa Fe towards the river
Since 2013, 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.

South Platte Working Group Accolades

The group has received several awards since its inception, including:
  • 2020 River Run National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement from the American Council of Engineering Companies
  • 2020 River Run Grand Conceptor (Project of the Year for Colorado) from the American Council of Engineering Companies
  • 2019 River Run Project of the Year from American Public Works Association (Colorado)
  • 2011 Stewardship Award from Cherry Creek Stewardship Partners
  • 2010 Blue Grama Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Colorado Open Space Alliance
  • 2008 Metro Vision Gold Award for Collaboration from the Denver Regional Council of Government
  • 2008 Progress Takes Flight Award from the Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners

South Platte Working Group Resources