Flood Recovery

R2: Recovering and Rebuilding

Like many areas of Colorado, the Sand Creek Regional Greenway sustained significant damage during the September 2013 flood. Please check back frequently for updates.


The Denver section of the Greenway has only one detour. RTD, DTP, SCRGP and the City and County of Denver are working on the rail bridge over Sand Creek for the East Corridor FasTracks line to DIA.  Please follow the detour signs – use Central Park Blvd bridge over Sand Creek to go up and over the construction site.

Special thanks to Metro Wastewater for repairing the trail from I-70 going east to Central Park Blvd.  It is open and lovely!

Special Notice posted September 2, 2014

The Greenway in Commerce City suffered from the Sept. 2013 floods and now the “heavy lifting” begins!  Please note the following message from the Commerce City staff. 

“The City’s contractor has begun repair work along the Sand Creek Greenway trail from the storm damage of September 2013. There will be a total of 4 different areas along the trail corridor that repair work will be happening.  Today (Sept 2, 2014) we will be installing advance warning signage in four locations to give trail users notification of ‘Trail Work Ahead.’ Our general contractor will make every effort to keep the trail open prior to 8am and after 4pm and on weekends. During work hours, there will be times the contractor will need to briefly close the trail and they will have flaggers present during this time. Bicyclists may be able to dis-mount and walk around the closure if this can be done safely, otherwise there may be a brief delay.”

Thanks to everyone who will be patient and special thanks to Commerce City staff who are rebuilding our beloved trail!

The Aurora section of the Greenway is open.  Please be careful in Sand Creek Park and follow all detour signs.  Work has begun on the Aurora FasTracks Fitzsimons station on the south side of Sand Creek Park. Work on repairing the ponds south of Sand Creek is almost complete.


How You Can Help:

We are accepting checks and online donations to help with recovery efforts.  For information about upcoming volunteer events, please click here.

Flood Ask Letter Page 1

Flood Ask Letter Page 2


Video of the Flooding:


Below are some examples of the destruction:


Before and after pictures of the confluence at the South Platte:

before and after










The bridge at the Commerce City Wetland Park:










The bathroom at the Commerce City Wetland Park












The trail under Brighton Boulevard in Commerce City

Trail under Brighton Blvd











The trail along the Duff Property in Denver…a large portion of the informal trail that cuts across the property has fallen into the creek (the telephone pole used to be on dry land).

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The pedestrian bridge near the I-70 underpass in Denver…the trail has disappeared in this area.

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Trash washed up from the flood


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Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership

About the Greenway

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is a jewel in the necklace of trails that has made Denver a national model for linked trail systems.

This 14-mile public greenway connects the High Line Canal in Aurora, Colorado with the South Platte River Greenway in Commerce City. Along the way, it passes through northeast Denver and the new Stapleton community.

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is open every day from dawn until dusk. Runners, walkers, nature viewers, horseback riders, and leashed dogs are encouraged to enjoy the trail. We invite you to become acquainted with our wilderness in the city.


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