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High Line Canal Progress Report

The Conservancy and partners are working to bring the community vision plan to reality in the form of a Framework Plan – an implementation strategy that takes a deep dive into the physical characteristics of the Canal as well as future enhancements and protections along all 71 miles. The multi-faceted plan, due for completion in April 2019, will include an existing conditions analysis, landscape design guidelines, signage design, high impact opportunity projects and Canal-wide plans that address green infrastructure opportunities such as stormwater, connectivity and crossings, historic resources and programming opportunities.

Tree Canopy Care Project underway with two crews on Canal

Tree care maintenance began in June 2018 and the project entails a two- to three-year tree removal and pruning program. Currently, Denver Water contractors continue to make their way along the Canal removing and trimming the highest priority trees. 

Conservancy hosts the sold-out inaugural Dine for the High Line

Friday, September 7th marked the inaugural fundraiser gala for the High Line Canal – an elegant affair that included cocktails and dinner under the teepees in Aurora. With over 300 guests – community members and leaders from across the region – the event was a tremendous success.

Conservancy awarded grant to advance smart water solutions in the Canal

The Conservancy, with the support and expertise of its partners, Denver Water, The Greenway Foundation's Water Connection initiative and Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, recently received a $125,000 grant through the Pisces Foundation, which seeks to accelerate to a world where people and nature thrive together. The project also has been generously supported by The JPB Foundation through the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, an administrative partner in issuing and managing this grant. This grant will help the Conservancy and its partners plan for and implement a transformation of the Canal into an inspiring model of urban infrastructure reuse and smart water planning.

Stormwater master plan and model released in draft form

Urban Drainage and Flood Control District and RESPEC Engineering have released the High Line Canal stormwater operational model and master plan in draft form. The draft report presents the analysis of operational and project alternatives and associated capital costs in each jurisdiction.

Denver Botanic Gardens field study wraps up

Denver Botanic Gardens staff and volunteers spent more than 50 days on the Canal this summer collecting and observing the plant communities along the Canal. Field work is now complete and over 400 plant species living along the Canal’s 71-mile corridor have been identified.  Final results from the botanical survey will provide important data for Landscape Design Guidelines and recommendations currently being developed in Framework Planning. For a sneak peek at a few of the team’s favorite botanical finds, read here.

Other highlights of the report include:

·         Health and Education Program Development work wraps up with results

·         Summer of 2018 ends with number of successful programs from bioblitzes to dog walks

·         Infrastructure projects advance under leadership of jurisdictions

·         High Line Hero membership continues to grow beyond 1,000 members

Read the entire progress report here (PDF)..