Xcel Energy Day of Service Volunteers Improve Habitat and Build Community along Sand Creek Regional Greenway

September 13, 2016

Note: in 2017, we’ll be back at the Commerce City Wetland Park for the Xcel Energy Day of Service!  You can sign up to volunteer for our day on September 9, 2017, here!

From 2016:

Forty-five volunteers and five all-star team leaders planted 225 native plants, protected 45 cottonwood trees from beavers, and picked up 25 bags of trash along the Sand Creek Regional Greenway during the 6th Annual Xcel Energy Day of Service on Saturday, September 10th, 2016.

The Xcel Energy Day of Service began 6 years ago to honor the anniversary of September 11, 2001. Over the last 6 years, the event has grown to involve thousands of Xcel Energy employees and customers as well as their families and friends in service projects across the state.

The Greenway’s 45 volunteers worked long and hard planting, caging cottonwoods, and picking up trash. Their hard work totaled to 135 volunteer hours, or more than three hours of work that otherwise would not have been possible.

Many thanks to Commerce City Parks and Recreation for generously supplying tools and materials and to all of the volunteers for their hard work, energy, and enthusiasm. And of course, a special thank you to Xcel Energy their ongoing support of the Sand Creek Regional Greenway and the opportunity to participate such an amazing event year after year.

Photos from the event are below:



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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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