Plant trees at South Platte River

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Posted 10/11/11

"Think globally, act locally!" That was the mission many had in mind when they gathered on the banks of the South Platte River in April of 1990 to …

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Plant trees at South Platte River

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"Think globally, act locally!" That was the mission many had in mind when they gathered on the banks of the South Platte River in April of 1990 to plant more than 2600 trees and shrubs on 22 acres in a single day. Fast forward twenty years to 2011, that mission has not changed!

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the 10,000 Trees Project and the opening of the Mary Carter Greenway East Bank Trail. We need more than 200 volunteers to help plant more than 200 trees along the Mary Carter Greenway beginning at 8 am and join the afternoon ribbon cutting for the Mary Carter Greenway East Bank Trail at 12 pm.

The South Platte River corridor, once "a diamond in the rough", has become a treasured natural feature benefitting the entire south metro community. For more than 30 years, the Foundation has led the way to enhance the recreational and environmental features the corridor offers. Greenway enhancements have included trail development beginning in the 1980's to provide an 8-mile multi-use community trail.

Thanks to a $20,000 grant awarded by The Mile High Million; An Initiative of Greenprint Denver and the leadership of the Colorado Tree Coalition, volunteers will be working from Prince Street north to Oxford continuing the 1990 efforts. What a great way to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the 10,000 Tree Project!

Enhancing the South Platte River Corridor with new trails and trees will provide tremendous benefits for future generations to come. Since the 10,000 Trees Project, the young trees have matured providing much-needed shade and shelter from the adjacent urban environment.

Generous funding from Great Outdoors Colorado ($620,000), Arapahoe County Open Space Program ($400,000), the City of Littleton ($100,000), and the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District ($116,000), the East Bank Trail of the Mary Carter Greenway will be ready for users on October 15, 2011. Beginning at Prince Street, the ## concrete trail goes north to the Big Dry Creek Trail, just south of Union Boulevard.

Please visit www.sspf.org to register today! Volunteers will receive a t-shirt and lunch.

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