I've been volunteering with SCGRP's monthly Neighborhood Environmental Partners for a couple of years now - we help with a range of tasks: picking up trash, painting over graffiti, planting trees, removing invasive species, trail maintenance. Our efforts take us from Commerce City to East Colfax, from Westerly Creek in Stapleton to Bluff Lake Nature Center. While we help out, we often see hawks and wading birds, moths and butterflies, deer, turtles, the tracks of raccoons and beavers. The small staff uses funds efficiently - plenty of bang for your buck!
Sand Creek Greenway is a great escape from the hustle of the city! Sometimes I like to just walk on the greenway and forget all of the stressors in my life. The sights and sounds along the trail and just awesome. Being able to hear the running water of the nearby Sand Creek instantly relaxes me. I would recommend SCRGP to anyone looking for a trail urban bike trail.
Sand Creek is a Non-Profit dedicated to acheiving environmental sustainability through collaboration and community building. The members of SCRGP work to make it possible for citizens of the Denver and Denver metro area to connect with nature in an urban environment. The greenway provides a beautiful route through the city, which encourages hiking or biking rather than driving. The Sand Creek staff frequently host events that bring members of the Denver community together to preserve the natural environments in Denver through performing waste and graffiti removal.
SCRGP excels in collaboration and building partnerships. They work hard to improve the Greenway through volunteer projects, fundraising, and outreach. They are very responsive to questions and requests from trail users. They are restoring the Greenway to native habitat.
The Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership has the vision and the capacity to take a "ditch" parallel to an interstate highway and create a riparian experience for the urban cyclist or walker. Down by the creek one cannot hear the cars and over-the-road truck trailers traveling the six lanes of asphalt at maximum speed and minimum environmental consciousness. I was invited to be a board member because of the office I held - a member of Denver City Council. Being on the Sand Creek Board was an opportunity, rare with regard to multiple crammed calendars, to meet with my counterparts in the three county region. We had lots to talk about. Lots in common and important differences. This tri-county governance model that works in harmony for the common goal of stream and corridor enhancement has attracted the funding from the national government to do more work that is difficult because the organization has proven that it can work harmoniously. The Secretary of the Interior, Secretary Ken Salazar, has noticed and found this organization to be a vehicle for even more and very visionary work.
The Sand Creek Regional Greenway extends through 3 cities and I am a staff partner for one of those cities. The Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership has been invaluable in getting the trail built as well as installing additional benches, interpretive signage, recycling bins, etc. The programs they run for environmental education are fantastic and are the only way many of the youth in my city interact with nature.
I grew up on Sand Creek so have watched the area change over a 50 year period. The organization has overcome many challenges, including some significant environmental damage, to establish a trail through a beautiful area. The wildlife on the creek is amazing. In addition, the organization has a great volunteer program that includes emphasis on at risk children. I am on the board but I also volunteer several times a summer to do cleanup or trail improvement.
The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is a great trail, and their non-profit offers a great volunteer program, as well as a youth outreach program. Highly recommended!
We love that their monthly trash pick up are family friendly. Sand Creek Regional Greenway supplies all the equipment and tools. Our kids love getting the trash grabber; that makes it so much fun for them. Having a child with special issues this allows us to participate as a family, teach giving back to community and have the sense of being part of a group. The positive atmosphere that is provided has helped with self confidence and self worth. All of the staff members have been so kind and wonderful our kids look forward to the end just so they can tell the staff what strange item(s) they helped pick up or how many trash bags we filled.
This organization is great! The staff although small is very knowledgeable and friendly! I volunteer for one of their NPET (Neighborhood Partners Environment Team) a few weeks ago and it was a blast! I met some awesome people and worked on maintaining part of the trail. I would definitely recommend this organization to my neighbors. The staff also told me about their youth outreach program called NextGen, which helps to introduce at-risk youth to natural resource and science careers. They did so much more than I realized! Awesome time.