Wetland Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Opens the Walkway

October 24, 2017

The Wetland Park, an important ecological and recreation feature of the Sand Creek Regional Greenway in Commerce City, was the site of a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 22 to recognize Suncor Energy’s corporate generosity to complete the paving of the walkway around the wetlands.

The Wetland Park walkway under construction.

The ceremony also recognized the partnership between Commerce City, Suncor Energy and the Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership, and was attended by many officials representing all three entities, including Commerce City’s Mayor Pro Tem, Rene’ Bullock, City Councilmen Rick Teeter and Steve Douglass; Carolyn Keith, director of parks, recreation, and golf; Suncor Energy’s Commerce City Refinery VP Donald Austin; Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership’s Board Chair, Paul Frohardt; and Executive Director, Beth Nobles. GoodLand Construction of Golden, the contractor completing the work, also attended the ceremony.

The paving of the walkway is significant, because it ensures full access to the wetlands by all users, including visitors in wheelchairs and strollers, as well as bicyclists and pedestrians. The walkway’s proximity to Sand Creek made the paving project particularly challenging. Before the paving work was completed by GoodLand Construction, the previous soft-surface trail had to be repaired and
sometimes completely reconstructed after it was underwater. The Wetland Park is a key stopping place on the 14-mile Sand Creek Greenway, that spans from Aurora to Denver to Commerce City. The walkway allows for easy access for family visits, bike rides, birdwatching and nature study of the wetland grasses and wildflowers.

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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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