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Posted on: January 25, 2022

Protecting the High Line Canal: Our Progress, Our Future


This week, Arapahoe County celebrates our partners and the launch of the Canal Collaborative (formerly called the High Line Canal Working Group). The new structure for operations and management of the Canal will help ensure this regional treasure is protected and enhanced for the enjoyment of future generations.  

The Collaborative is a story of partnership—10 years of public and private partners coming together to map out a long-term vision and plan for the Canal corridor. Arapahoe County was a founding member of the group; partners include Denver Water, local governments, Mile High Flood District, and the High Line Canal Conservancy. As partners, together we can do more for the Canal than as individual entities.

Watch a video on the historic High Line Canal and the Collaborative’s work:

Since 2014, the multi-jurisdictional group has invested more than $32 million in improvements along the Canal. These projects help protect the ecological health of the corridor; they also benefit residents by supporting quality of life, health and wellness, access to nature, and safe outdoor recreation experiences. Completed Phase 1 Improvements include: replacement of eight pedestrian bridges, three trailheads, additional restrooms, new underpasses, and stormwater enhancements.

Over the next 15 years, the Collaborative will work together to implement more than $130 million of trail improvements. Read a Denver Water article on new projects taking shape along the High Line Canal Trail.

Arapahoe County remains committed to this important work and looks forward to the next phase of improvements, including canal-wide signage, tree plantings, Canal Conservation Corps, and new trail enhancements in Aurora’s Laredo Highline neighborhood.

Watch a recording of the first annual State of the Canal and learn more about the Collaborative, The Plan, and upcoming projects at

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