Greenway Trail Is Open
A dedication ceremony for the 7-mile trail segment from Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge and bearing north-westward took place on National Trails Day, June 4, 2016.
The ceremony was led by Gregory A. Miller, President of American Hiking Society and National Trails Day Founder, and featured remarks from Governor Hickenlooper, Congressman Ed Perlmutter, Former Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, elected officials representing the Cities of Arvada and Westminster, the City and County of Broomfield, and Jefferson County, as well as leaders of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Federal Highway Administration.
About the Greenway Trail
Announced by Secretary of Interior Salazar and Governor Hickenlooper in 2011, the Rocky Mountain Greenway (RMG) vision is a system of uninterrupted trails linking the three Metro area National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs): Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, Two Ponds NWR, and Rocky Flats NWR. Beyond the Metro area, the broader vision is to extend this Greenway Trail to Rocky Mountain National Park. When complete, the Greenway Trail will link thousands of acres of public lands together.
This regional trail is divided into various phases, some of which are built and some of which are just beginning to be studied. The phase linking Two Ponds NWR to Rocky Flats NWR features an alignment through Arvada and was constructed between January - June, 2016. Within Arvada, the trail consists of:
- Existing Little Dry Creek Trail from approximately W. 80th Ave. and Wadsworth Blvd. to Lakecrest Park.
- New crusher-fines trail from Lakecrest Park to W. 86th Pkwy. This trail parallels Croke Canal generally northbound, past Standley Lake Library and through Arvada’s Heritage Canal Open Space. A new bridge was built across Farmers High Line Canal.
- Pedestrian underpass at W. 86th Pkwy. at the Croke Canal outfall into Standley Lake Regional Park.
Project design and coordination was undertaken by the Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFL) of the Federal Highway Administration. A Steering Committee and a broad range of State, county, municipal, and private agencies including the cities of Arvada, Westminster, the City and County of Broomfield, ditch companies, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and CFL have guided project development since 2012.
A Federal grant funded construction of the "refuge to Refuge Connector" in Arvada, Westminster and Broomfield. For more information about the Rocky Mountain Greenway: