The Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership improves, preserves and promotes the natural, recreational and cultural resources of the Sand Creek Regional Greenway corridor, including priority trail connections; for the education and enjoyment of the public, linking communities throughout the watershed.
The Sand Creek Regional Greenway (SCRG) is a nearly 14-mile public greenway, connecting the High Line Canal trail in Aurora with the South Platte Greenway in Commerce City. The SCRG trail runs through Aurora, Denver, and southern Commerce City. The trail completes a loop of miles of off-street urban trails in the metro region. The trail is paved in Commerce City and crusher fine (soft surface)/pavement in Denver and Aurora. Soon, with the advent of a construction project in Denver, there will be a continuous paved path of the Greenway through Denver, while retaining soft surface trail options.
Sand Creek Regional Greenway is a wilderness in the city - and maintains a native ecosystem along Sand Creek. SCRG does not have irrigated or traditional landscaped city parks with non-native plants. We are currently fundraising for trail improvements such as maps, wayfinding and interpretive signage, and other trail amenities including native pollinator gardens and murals.
Sand Creek Regional Greenway is impacted by the construction occurring around it. While we own none of the land along the Greenway trail, we're a support organization to help the community get involved with and support this public resource.
All non-motorized uses of the trail are welcome: bicycling, horseback riding, walking, running, and pets on leashes. The trail is wheelchair accessible, except in detour areas.
The vision for the Sand Creek Regional Greenway dates back two decades. In the early-1990s, Stapleton Airport closed and opened opportunities for more beautiful park land in the northeast quadrant of the Metro area. Three cities, Commerce City, Denver, and Aurora, recognized the potential to develop a greenway along the main waterway in this region, Sand Creek. With the urging of and financial support from Great Outdoors Colorado (Lottery fund), the three cities and neighborhood volunteers formed the Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership.
The original issue that sparked the formation of the SCRGP was that the city partners and neighbors wanted the Sand Creek Greenway to be a regional park area with a similar look and feel in all the jurisdictions. This proved to be a sustainable vision and the three jurisdictions work closely as partners on the development of the Greenway, showing that inter-jurisdictional cooperation can bring better services and products to all the citizens.
Since the founding of the Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership, nearly 14 miles of off-road trail have been built in Commerce City, Denver and Aurora. In 2011, SCRGP hired its first AmeriCorps VISTA, who expanded our volunteer program and started a youth outreach program, Next Generation Partners. This youth program provides a combination of environmental education, service learning, outdoor recreation, and an introduction to careers in the natural resource field to local at-risk youth.
SCRGP continues to work to improve and expand the Sand Creek Regional Greenway, while simultaneously providing youth programming and community volunteer opportunities. As each section of our trail is completed, we're devoting more of our attention to public engagement and investment in this incredible resource. Building good stewards of the trail--through programs that bring a greater understanding of the natural history of the riparian area and encourage use for nature study, recreation, transportation, introspection and family time--is increasingly a focus of our work.
"The trail is diverse with both paved and gravel sections, beautiful landscapes and vistas, plus it's 12 feet wide for almost the entire duration making it a safe escape during COVID-19 isolation. This trail is essential for me and my family to recreate close to home while also getting a taste for the wilderness within the city."
"Amazing natural beauty in the middle of Denver, next to I-70."
"A beautiful juxtaposition of built and natural features."
"The Greenway is the best thing to have ever happened to this community."
"I love the Sand Creek Regional Greenway. It is nice to have a trail to walk or ride on that is a little bit of nature in the middle of the city. I like seeing wildlife and it's also nice to have somewhere to walk and ride that is not close to motor vehicles."
"I love the setting... the mix of nearby industrial and its urban setting as well as the wildlife around it."
"It forms a triumvirate with the South Platte and Cherry Creek greenways as the keystone pieces of a regional system. It has tremendous and largely untapped potential."
"I love it- it's relaxing and a piece of the outdoors in my neighborhood."
"I grew up in Aurora and used to walk and bike through Stapleton to go to Sand Creek. I absolutely love seeing how the Greenway has made Sand Creek a lovely recreational area again not only for hikers, bicyclists, horse riders and families. I commend you all for your good work!"
"I love it. I live in Stapleton and it's so nice to have a running path so close to my house. My dog and I feel completely safe, and every day is a new adventure..."
"Love it. An urban treasure that should be preserved."
"The efforts from Sand Creek Regional Greenway will benefit the people who live and work in Commerce City for years to come. The effort and professionalism of your organization are to be commended."
"It is a quality place to 'escape' city life."
"We have 3 young children that love to chase grasshoppers and crayfish, hike, and bike the SCRG."
"It's a terrific regional facility and should serve as a model for similar projects."
"It is one of the best bike trails in the Denver area. We love it!"
"I've volunteered on a couple of projects, and they've been very well run and organized. I think you do a great job making the projects accessible and accomplishable for volunteers."
"You did a great job making it a good experience."
"I've always thought the events went smoothly with good organization."
From our Next Generation Partners students:
"Many of the things I saw today made me miss my childhood growing up along a river in Thailand." -High school student originally from Thailand
"Today my favorite thing was touching a snake because I have never touched one before. This is my first time. First I was scared but now I am happy." -High school student originally from Burundi