Revitalizing Rivers. Reconnecting Communities.
We are a Denver-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since 1974, we have been leading efforts to reclaim the South Platte River and its tributaries from a virtual cesspool to a place of environmental and recreational pride.
There is a lot to be proud of and we love working with our community to make big things happen.
The River is for Everyone
At The Greenway Foundation, we believe in the importance of creating equal opportunities for everyone and are passionately committed to welcoming everyone into an inclusive environment. We are stronger stewards together, learning, caring, and protecting the river for all of us.
1965 – to – Now
Greenway has been a catalyst for enhancing the South Platte River for more than 50 years. We invite you to dive into our rich history and experience the vibrant growth of the river as it evolved from a virtual cesspool to a place of environmental pride.
The Greenway Foundation’s Mission
We are a group of passionate stewards who care for the South Platte River, its tributaries, and the people who live, work, and play along its banks. We get up every morning to work on behalf of our community to restore and protect this priceless lifeline that flows through the heart of that very community. We provide access, expert education, and numerous opportunities for people of all ages to experience the wonders of our riverfront habitat.
We roll up our pants legs and literally jump in as we work with children and their families and we roll up our sleeves to advocate and expand support for a world-class riverfront. From family fishing expeditions to comprehensive region-wide flood mitigation, The Greenway Foundation is taking constant action to ensure a sustainable water future. We are bringing the community to the river and the river to the community.
Since 1974, we’ve been leading efforts to reclaim the South Platte River and its tributaries, transforming our community’s vital watershed from a virtual cesspool to a place of environmental and recreational pride. As we look to the future, we believe our work is just getting started.
As a Denver-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we love working with others, bringing all the right people together to make big things happen. The health and happiness of our neighborhoods depend on a vibrant riverfront. Please join us in investing in our river, our city, and the future of our shared community.
Thoughtful Stewardship Brings Many Rewards
The Greenway Foundation has:
Provided recreational opportunities for people throughout the area
- Constructed more than 100 miles of hiking and biking trails
- Created 20+ parks and natural areas
- Designed and built numerous whitewater boat chutes
- Hosted hundreds of free events providing access to the river and creating opportunities for families to learn and enjoy the river together
Guided learning and leadership training for generations of youth
- Provided environmental education to more than 100,000 school children
- Employed more than 100 teenagers in youth employment programs
- Developed award-winning environmental education curriculum and programming for ECE through high school
Improved the health of the South Platte River watershed and its habitats
- Helped create over $500 million of green improvement to the South Platte River and its tributaries, facilitating over $15 billion in residential and commercial development throughout the Denver Metro area
- Hosted numerous community events and annual volunteer river clean up days
- Worked with key partners to create ambitious environmental and recreational projects including the recent $350 million of federal funding from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for our South Platte River watershed
- Protected neighborhoods and businesses along the South Platte River from flooding
- Restored ecosystems and natural habitat
Brought cost savings, revenue, and additional benefits to our metro area
- Created almost $14 billion in benefits from increased tourism, transportation, recreation, and health benefits
- Achieved cost savings from the ecosystem services provided by improved landscapes – natural storm water filtration, air, water, and heat pollutant capture
- Helped create additional public based revenue for the City and County of Denver ($65 million) and Denver Public Schools ($100 million) thanks to waterfront restoration and commercial development.
WORK WITH US
The Greenway Foundation
Address: 1820 Platte Street, Denver, CO 80202
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