Bank Repair at Westerly/Sand Creeks in Denver

August 20, 2019
Markers in Sand Creek indicate the location of bank repair to secure safety for trail users and prevent further erosion of the bank, bridge supports and riparian areas

While there’s still landscape work to be done, this project is completed and the bank of Sand Creek will have a much more desirable look, and is now stabilized. (October 21, 2019)

August 20, 2019

Starting next week, a project to correct damage by earlier flood events will begin under the bridge by the Smith Road trail head and the confluence of Westerly and Sand Creeks in Denver.

Our thanks to the teams of Denver Parks and Recreation for their care with this critical project. Wildlife specialists will be engaged before the project begins to consult on any relocation work that might need to be completed, and at the end of the project the rock/chain link bank barriers will be replaced with native seeding and willow transplants. The riparian areas will be restored back to pre-flood condition after landscaping work this fall.

During the approximately month-long project, the our Sand Creek Greenway trail will REMAIN OPEN, as will the Smith Road trail head parking lot. Two areas closest to the northern bank of Sand Creek by the bridge will be fenced off for safety during the construction and landscape work.

Trail users will see an inflated bladder dam placed in Sand Creek to facilitate the reconstruction of the creek bank; and should be able to watch the progress of the project from the bridge over Sand Creek.

Images from plans for improvements to the bank of Sand Creek,
provided by Denver Public Works

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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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