Welcome to the
2022 Greenway Current
Dive into our digital review of The Greenway Foundation’s (TGF) year to get a glimpse of the tangible environmental improvements we’ve had through community events and engineering projects, see how we brought students to the river, and discover what hard-fought victories we won when it comes to protecting our rivers statewide. We have a lot to share, and we’re excited for you to see how 2022 was a year for the books.
Our Proudest Moments from 2022
of federal funding, along with local match funding, has created the single largest financial commitment to the South Platte River ever.
of trash collection was completed in riverside parks and green spaces as part of The Greenway Foundation’s stewardship projects.
attended South Platte River Environmental Education (SPREE) camps, excursions, and events to make lasting connections to the river.
attended our summer river festival, CROSSCURRENTS.
chose to support our work through over $700,000 in grants and sponsorships.
gave to our monthly giving program, Friends of Greenway.
We are pleased to present The Greenway Foundation’s 2022 Greenway Current
2022 saw some exciting changes for The Greenway Foundation including a new Executive Director and a new logo! While we may look a little different we are still the same group of passionate stewards that remain dedicated to educating, protecting, improving and celebrating our City, our river and the people who live, work and play along its banks.
We hope that you will take a moment to reflect on the past year with us as we celebrate some amazing accomplishments including:
- $350,000,000 in federal funding for the South Platte River, Weir Gulch and Harvard Gulch
- SPREE field trips returning to our riverside parks
- The return of Denver’s only river festival, now known as CROSSCURRENTS
And many more!
We are proud and honored to champion our rivers, creeks, and streams along with YOU and we look forward to seeing you at the river!
The Greenway Team
It takes a village (and then some) to steward the river—but day-to-day, it takes the hard work of a small but mighty team. Meet the talented and passionate people of The Greenway Foundation.
Creating extraordinary experiences for all kids
For over 40 years, The Greenway Foundation has introduced tens of thousands of children to the South Platte River through its SPREE program. SPREE aims to develop a positive relationship between the South Platte River and Denver area youth through school excursions, day camps, weekend events, internships, and summer employment.
Educating students through SPREE
Look at all we’ve accomplished in 2022.
Our SPREE excursions finally headed back to the river! These field trips provide invaluable hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for Denver students. Researchers have found a number of trends demonstrating the positive impact environmental education has on learning, motivation, skill-building, and empowerment.
SPREE’s field trip program served nearly 4,000 in 2022, from many different backgrounds. 100% of these students receive scholarship pricing to ensure cost is never a barrier to this place-based learning.
When Denver Public Schools are out… SPREE is in! SPREE Camps were in full swing in 2022. We served over 400 campers by the river in Johnson Habitat park over 10 weeks of summer camp and 10 days of school break camp. With unique themes like Animal Olympics, Underwater Explorers, and Creepy Crawlers there was no shortage of fun while learning about the environment and campers were sure to have a blast completing our beaver boss, Chompers’ missions.
To start off the year, SPREE hired 6 River Ranger Interns from Kipp Denver Collegiate High School to teach at our in-person field trips- the first time since the pandemic started! Over the summer, we hired 4 high school River Rangers to teach full time at our summer camp! All 4 achieved their Environmental Educator certification through The Colorado Alliance of Env Education! TGF also awarded four $1,000 Joe Shoemaker Memorial scholarships to current and past Summer River Rangers to help with college tuition!
Greenway Leadership Corps
GLC had over 130 high school students from the Denver Metro Area participate in stewardship and outdoor adventures with GLC in 2022! Some of our favorite experiences included white water rafting down the Arkansas River, camping under the stars in Buena Vista, practicing survival skills & nature mindfulness at Cal-wood Education Center, planting trees at the Youth Exploring Stewardship Conference, and picking up over 50 large trash bags of litter from in and along the South Platte River!
SPREE led and participated in many community family events this year. These events were free, and all encouraged families to get outside and create connections with nature, whether it be through an arts and crafts project, going fishing, or cleaning up a local park.
SPREE in the Community
SPREE consistently showed up for our community in 2022. A particular focus on historically marginalized-Denver communities led to events like HarvestSHARE in the Cole neighborhood and the Westwood Block Party. We held our annual Family Camp Out in Johnson Habitat Park, where we made dinner – and s’mores – over the fire, and taught families how to set up tents before sleeping under the stars. The Family CookOut was just as successful, with games and crafts and critter crawl – and of course more s’mores!
Taking care of the watershed that takes care of us is not only rewarding, it’s necessary to our future. There are so many ways to be good stewards. Whether you donate money, volunteer time, share your knowledge, or all of the above—the good news is that every effort counts. Take a look at some of our stewardship projects from 2022.
TGF hosts two large volunteer events each year, one in spring and one in fall. During these weekend programs, hundreds of volunteers work in riverside projects to collect trash, spread mulch, protect park fixtures, and more! Between these two events, we donated over 425 volunteer hours in Fishback Park and Globeville Park!
Clean Water Challenge
This year The Greenway Foundation worked with two teams from Colorado School of Mines for the Clean Water Challenge. We tasked the teams with removing three pollutants: phosphorus, nitrogen, and E. coli. Teams spend two semesters researching the problem and coming up with a concept and each presented an innovative solution in April 2022.
Nautilus is an exciting project for Colorado’s waterways. By passively collecting trash during its 10-month pilot, the Nautilus passively collected over 300 items of trash along the north side of the Cherry Creek between Blake Street and Market Street. An engineering team at Stantec is working on the next iteration of Nautilus right now. This next version will be a full-scale installation on the north side of Cherry Creek by the stormwater outfall between Blake Street and Market Street. Stay tuned for updates!
Celebrate the South Platte River
The river is for everyone! From galas and festivals to family fishing and stewardship opportunities. Gather with The Greenway Foundation and enjoy all your river has to offer.
TGF was thrilled to bring back our summer river festival with a new name: CROSSCURRENTS. This free community event happens in July in Confluence Park, and features water activities, live music, Kids Zone, beverages and food trucks for fun all day! In 2022, TGF and our partners welcomed over 5,000 attendees to this event, and we cannot wait to host it again in 2023.
Gala on The Bridge
Our Gala on the Bridge happens in the north end of Commons Park and the 19th St. Pedestrian Bridge. This event is our largest fundraising event of the year, and in 2022 we had over 70 sponsors support and attend this event. TGF also honored Ronda Sandquist as the 2022 Hero of the River for her longstanding commitment to water in Denver and the State of Colorado.
Reception on the River
TGF hosts the Mile High Flood District Reception on the River, an annual networking and celebration event for all things water! This outdoor event features heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and live music! In 2022, TGF hosted 300+ attendees from all facets of the local water community, and were honored to have Joshua Laipply, Chief Projects Office for the City and County of Denver, as our featured speaker.
In 2022, Each of The Greenway Foundation’s revitalization projects has, to one extent or another, the four benefit goals of any and all river projects – environmental, recreational, water quality, and flood control.
$350 million of federal funding has been secured for the South Platte River. This, along with local match funding have created the single largest financial commitment to the South Platte River ever! Enjoy learning more about the efforts made in 2022 to return a river to all of its people.
CSU Spur Campus & Water Center
Rino Art Park & Promenade
Thank you so much to our generous sponsors and grant providers.
We couldn’t do what we do without their incredible support and we’re honored to serve our local community and environment with the help of these dedicated entities and individuals.
Emily A Grant
Ernie & Rachel Aids
Alice and Marc Applebaum
Councilwoman Kendra Black
George Roger Bock
James Richard Devlin
Sandy &Tim Drago
Britte E Notzold
Larry & Barb Elrod
Paul & Rose Gagnon
R Kent Landmark
Mark and Betsy Larson
Amy & Bill O’Connor
Ronald & Barbara Pred
Curtis & Ruth Rueter
Tracy L Smith
Gary & Leslie Stiefler
River Collective CO LLC
The MacMeier Foundation
River Mile Foundation
Cherry Creek Shopping Center
The Connolly Family Charitable Fund
KSE Elitch Gardens Revesco Second City, LLLP
Back To Motion Physical Therapy
Kroenke Sports & Entertainment
Grand American, Inc.
Westside Investment Partners
Sewald Hanfling Public Affairs
Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects
Trammell Crow Company
Virginia W. Hill Foundation
Amy L Scott Family Foundation
Tributary Real Estate
Crescent Real Estate
Xcel Energy Foundation
The Nature Conservancy
The Beacon Fund
Kroenke Sports Charities
The Mayor’s Office of National Western Center
Conscience Bay Company
Hiratsuka & Associates
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
The Kenney Group
ERO Resources Corporation
First American Title Insurance Company
University of Colorado at Denver
Metro Water Recovery
Life Purpose Shaman
The Thomas Edwin Greenbaum Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Summit Street Group
Mile High Flood District
Sasaki Associates Inc.
NINE dot ARTS
Collegiate Peaks Bank
Chatfield Reservoir Mitigation Company
Revesco USA Properties LLLP
DSST: Byers High School
Dominion Water & Sanitation District
Naranjo Civil Constructors
S2o Design & Engineering
Westside Investment Partners, Inc.
Otten Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti PC
JE Dunn Construction
Central Colorado Water Conservancy District
Wenk Associates Inc
Stream Landscape Architecture and Planning
M Moser Associates
DDPHE – City & County of Denver
Allen Vellone Wolf Helfrich & Factor P.C.
Architerra Group Inc
Perkins & Will
Iron Woman Construction
ECI Site Construction Management, Inc
Cherry Creek North
Shana Glassman Foundation
The Chotin Foundation
MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation
JV Denargo LLC
Weifield Group Contracting
RiNo Art District
Rocky Mountain Huts LLC
The Children’s Museum of Denver
East West Partners
Schlessman Family Foundation
Livable Cities Studio
The Mahoney Family Foundation
GE Johnson Construction Company
Shears Adkins Rockmore
Regional Air Quality Control
Garden Club of Denver
Platte River Recovery Implementation Program
Riverfront Park Community Foundation
Don Lloyd Financial
Joe Shoemaker School
The Pedicord Family Fund
Teller Elementary – Denver Public Schools
Leave Your Mark
All of our progress is only possible thanks to the ongoing support, generosity, and belief of people like you. Help build a healthier river, a happier community, and a more sustainable tomorrow.