FALL RIVERSWEEPS CLEAN UP THE SOUTH PLATTE RIVER AND SURROUNDING PARKS!
Over 150 people braved the cold, wet morning to join us for our Fall RiverSweep Events on September 23rd! Between the Fall RiverSweep presented by Noble Energy and L.L. Bean and the Publication Printers Fall Family RiverSweep, we filled an entire 30 cubic yard dumpster full of trash and plant debris! Volunteers also painted park structures to protect them for the winter. Families were also able to participate in games and crafts with our SPREE Staff!
Our Greenway Leadership Corps (GLC) also hosted a special in-stream clean up for 20 high school students with cityWILD. Students rocked boots and waders to get into the River to pull out trash and plant debris that was clogging up this urban waterway, and then got to practice their rafting skills!
Thank you to the Denver Parks Department for coordinating volunteers and projects!
Thank you to all of our volunteers who came out, and to the sponsors for making these events possible!
Mark your calendars for our Spring RiverSweep: Saturday, April 21st, 2018!.
Each year we select a new group of juniors and seniors at KIPP high schools in Denver to participate in The Greenway Foundation’s River Ranger internship program. The program is designed for these high school students to develop leadership skills and knowledge of the environment. We have historically worked exclusively with students from KIPP Denver Collegiate High School, and are excited to expand our program to also include students from KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy for the first time this year!
The Greenway River Rangers commit to one training day, four teaching days, one day at a holiday camp, and two Greenway Leadership Corps events throughout the school year. During these events, students will gain hands-on teaching experience, teaching elementary students about their local environment through our 5th grade excursion (field trip) program. In addition to environmental education training and hands-on teaching experience, students will learn valuable communication & public speaking skills, take part in leadership & team building initiatives, learn through real-world application & teaching of science topics, develop career awareness & preparation skills, and gain job interview & resume building experience.
Last week we held interviews for the ten River Ranger intern positions. We were very impressed with the enthusiasm and professionalism of the students we interviewed, and we are so excited for our new group of Rangers! Our first time as a group will be at our training next week, and we can’t wait to get started!
To learn more about the River Ranger program, click here!
The 2017 Blue Moon After Party on the Bridge presented by The Fang Law Firm was the best one yet!
Thank you to Anna Bogler and Jorgen Jensen for getting Blah Blah Art Installations!
Attendees enjoyed unlimited beverages, and food from Fogo de Chao, Dude Bro Tacos, and Wheels on Fire Pizza.
And surprise musical guest Itchy-O blew the crowd away-- literally! With fire extinguishers, leaf blowers, and flame throwers! Itchy-O danced and played their instruments as they worked their way through the crowd and got everyone involved!
The event finished up with a silent disco party, as three different DJs, played on three different channels. Guests got to choose what channel they wanted to listen (and dance!) too. Thank you to SoundDown Party for being a crucial part of the event again this year!
Thank you to the Event Chair Philippe Dujardin, and the entire After Party Committee for putting together such an amazing event!
Check out the Facebook album of photos from After Party on the Bridge 2017. Be sure to like our page as well!
The 2017 Noble Energy Gala on the Bridge presented by MillerCoors and Revesco Properties was a major success! The event has been sold out since April, and over 350 people joined us on the 19th St. Bridge on Thursday, September 14th.
Guests were able to mingle, sip on a beverage, and snack on passed appetizers while enjoying one of the most unique outdoor venues in Denver. After a delicious dinner, the evening culminated with the awarding of the 2017 Hero of the River to Jon Kahn! Jon is the owner of Confluence Kayaks, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year! From the onset of opening his business, Jon has volunteered countless hours of his and that of his staff, along with the resources of his business, for numerous TGF events and initiatives.
Thank you to Event Co-Chairs: Ellen Wilensky & Laurie Helmick, and the entire Gala Committee for putting together such a successful event.
Thank you to all of our sponsors for being part of this event! This event would also not be possible without HobNob Events!
Want to get involved with the event next year? Email our Development Director Ryan Aids at firstname.lastname@example.org
More photos from the event coming soon!
The SPREE team is excited to announce that a new mural is in display inside of SPREE HQ. The design was created by Michele Brown of La Mano Art, who came to our summer camps and helped our campers paint the mural over the course of the summer. The mural features Greenback Cutthroat Trout, our state fish, enjoying life in The South Platte River. Thank you Michele for sharing your knowledge, skills, and time with the SPREE kids this summer!
This year the over 275 people joined us for the CDM Smith Reception on the River presented by MillerCoors! The event was held again at the beautiful Centennial Gardens. The night featured food, drinks, and networking between water-minded individuals. We heard engaging and thoughtful remarks from Dr. Anthony Frank the President for the Colorado State University and Chancellor of the Colorado State University System; the event’s keynote speaker. The Greenway Foundations’ Executive Director Jeff Shoemaker, and The Water Connection’s Director Devon Buckels announced the completion of the Chatfield Reallocation Project Environmental Pool! The project will result in the additional 500 acre-feet of water storage at Chatfield Reservoir to be released during low-flow for environmental and recreational benefits!
At the event, Originateve showed off the amazing process they are making on a sculpture of a beaver made out of recycled aluminum cans.
To view the photos from the event, please check out the Facebook Album. If you do not have Facebook, you can use this Photo Bucket Link.
Thank you again to CDM Smith for being the Title Sponsor and MillerCoors for being the Presenting Sponsor.
A thank you also goes out to www.elitchgardens.com/Elitch Gardens for providing parking for all guests.