JIM LOCHHEAD OF DENVER WATER REVEALS COMMUNITY VISION PLAN
FOR THE HIGH LINE CANAL FRIDAY
Celebration and tree planting acknowledge multi-jurisdictional
endorsement and launch membership program
Who: District 4 Councilwoman Kendra Black, Denver; Nina Beardsley Itin, High Line Canal Conservancy Board Chair; Chris Castilian, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Executive Director; and Jim Lochhead, Denver Water CEO.
What: A press conference with Jim Lochhead and other dignitaries marks the completion of the first phase of planning for the High Line Canal – a critical first step to ensuring a vibrant future for the 71-mile recreational and ecological corridor. The vision has been endorsed by Denver Water and all 10 jurisdictions along the Canal’s reach – Arapahoe County, City of Aurora, City of Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, City and County of Denver, Douglas County, Greenwood Village, High Line Canal Conservancy, Highlands Ranch Metro District, City of Littleton, South Suburban Parks and Recreation District.
Following the press conference, Jim Lochhead, along with key elected officials, will plant a tree and reveal a stone engraved with the community-driven vision statement to be placed along the Canal.
Anyone can participate throughout the event on social media by following @COHighLineCanal and using the hashtag #71Miles.
Where: Mamie D Eisenhower Park (east end) and High Line Canal, 4300 Dartmouth Ave, Denver, CO 80222
When: Friday, April 28, 2017
9:30 am – 9:50: Press conference
9:50 am: Stone reveal and tree planting
10:00 am: Celebration
Why: Tackling the challenges of a growing region requires different ways of thinking, increased collaboration and new types of partnerships. The Community Vision Plan for the High Line Canal represents a model of regional cooperation – led by an effective partnership between the High Line Canal Conservancy, Denver Water and representatives from every jurisdiction actively and eagerly “at the table.” Thousands of community members actively participated in the writing of the Vision Plan, helping to shape the next 100 years for the beloved regional greenway.
While the vision planning initiative was the public’s first real opportunity to engage with planning for the future of the Canal, the community’s voice and support moving forward is arguably even more important. The event will mark the soft launch of the High Line Canal Conservancy’s membership drive, an important next step for the public’s engagement.
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ABOUT THE HIGH LINE CANAL CONSERVANCY
The High Line Canal Conservancy was formed in 2014 by a passionate coalition of private citizens to provide leadership and harness the region’s commitment to protecting the future of the High Line Canal. With support from each jurisdiction and in partnership with Denver Water, the Conservancy is connecting stakeholders in support of comprehensive planning to ensure that the Canal is protected and enhanced for future generations. The Conservancy is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.
Learn more about the Conservancy and planning initiative here: highlinecanal.org