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South Platte Working Group
Convened in 2006, the South Platte Working Group has secured more than $25 million in funding, including a $5.25 million Legacy grant from Great Outdoors Colorado to complete more than 20 projects that improve the quality of life for people in Western Arapahoe County. The group works to:
  • Expand the urban oasis of the South Platte
  • Improve wildlife habitat
  • Enhance connectivity to recreation trails

Over the past four years, projects included:
  • Acquiring 50 acres of land for parks and open space buffers
  • Several new bike / pedestrian bridges
  • Six new trailheads
  • Numerous trail connections 
  • Enhancing parks and other recreational amenities

The group has received several awards including:
  • 2011 Stewardship Award from Cherry Creek Stewardship Partners
  • 2010 Blue Grama Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Colorado Open Space Alliance
  • 2008 Metro Vision Gold Award for Collaboration from the Denver Regional Council of Governments
  • 2008 Progress Takes Flight Award from the Arapahoe County Board of County Commissioners

Funding is made possible by the generous citizens of Arapahoe County through the voter-approved Arapahoe County Open Space Sales and Use Tax. Additional funding is provided by GOCO and various municipalities and districts.