The mission of the High Line Canal Conservancy is to preserve, protect and enhance the 71-mile-long High Line Canal in partnership with the public.
The Conservancy was formed in 2014 by a dedicated coalition of private citizens to provide leadership and harness the region's commitment to protecting the future of the High Line Canal (Canal) - a 100-foot corridor comprising the canal channel, trail and adjacent vegetation. With support from each jurisdiction and in partnership with Denver Water, the Conservancy is connecting stakeholders in support of comprehensive planning to ensure that the Canal is protected and enhanced for future generations. The Conservancy is supported by a 16-person Board of Directors, comprised of committed private citizens and civic leaders from communities along the Canal's reach, a dedicated staff, and a versatile Council of Advisors.
As the future for the historic Canal continues to evolve, the Conservancy has stepped in to proactively plan for protections and enhancements of the corridor. Today, the Conservancy, along with its partners Denver Water and the 11 adjacent communities, is nearing the end of a three-year comprehensive planning effort.
The multi-jurisdictional planning initiative began with engagement of over 3,500 community members to develop the award-winning Community Vision Plan for the High Line Canal, completed in early 2017 (for more, visit highlinecanal.org/vision). Following on the heels of this community-driven plan, the Conservancy and partners have been working to bring the community's vision to reality in the form of a Framework Plan. The Framework Plan takes a deep dive into the physical characteristics of the Canal as well as future enhancements and protections along all 71 miles. To learn more about the Framework Plan - including how you can get involved - visit highlinecanal.org/framework.
"The High Line Canal surpasses the scale and impact of any similar existing or proposed initiative in the U.S. today. The High Line Canal is Denver's opportunity to create a significant enduring recreation and cultural greenway legacy, which physically connects people, while reflecting a variety of values and the unique characteristics of the individual communities to be experienced along its path - celebrating the rich and diverse physical and social mosaic that we call Denver." Tony Pickett, Urban Land Conservancy, High Line Canal Conservancy Board Member
"We need many more opportunities for kids and all people to experience nature. Research shows the closer the park or open space is, the more likely people are to use it. The High Line Canal is an ideal resource to use as we plan for how to get people into the out of doors. After all it borders multiple neighborhoods stretching 71 miles and encompasses almost a thousand acres. I would hate to think what we might spend to create such a resource. With strong commitments and planning our High Line Canal will be a connection to nature that makes a difference for millions of people for years to come." Harriet Crittenden LaMair, High Line Canal Conservancy Executive Director
"In a vibrant and exciting city, the High Line Canal and its trail provide a natural area where quiet walks and experiences with local wildlife can occur." Peggy Lehmann
"The High Line Canal is special not only because of its history in the development of early Denver but also because it connects us to that history in a very hands-on way." Tom Waymire, High Line Canal Conservancy Board Member
"Across the country, there are examples of abandoned resources rusting, slipping away under heavy overgrowth and being forgotten; until an organization or group of citizens realized the potential, and took action. Our stewardship award recipient didn't wait for opportunity to be forgotten and for neglect to set in. They got ahead of the game to preserve a valued resource and bring vision to its potential." Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Sharpe