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Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership Inc

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Causes: Environment, Environmental Beautification

Mission: The Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership (SCRGP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that, in partnership with the cities of Aurora, Commerce City, and Denver, seeks to preserve, improve, and promote the natural and recreational resources of the Sand Creek Regional Greenway.

Results: In 2012, SCRGP volunteers and students participated in 4529 hours of education and stewardship.

Target demographics: youth, the environment, and community volunteers

Geographic areas served: Denver, Aurora, Commerce City

Programs: Next Generation Partners- We partner with after school groups that work with wow-income, at-risk middle and high school students, and, at no cost to the students or schools, provide the students with a combination of environmental education, community service, and outdoor recreation opportunities. Neighborhood Partners Environmental Team- Community volunteers meet on the first Saturday of each month to pick-up trash, remove invasive weeds, and perform other necessary trail maintenance.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.