"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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"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
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
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
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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