Welcome to Montana City! This past weekend, over 90 people attended Pioneering on the Platte, an event that celebrates the history of our city, Denver. There could be no better place for this event than Grant Frontier Park where in 1858, the very first chartered town in what is now Denver was born. Attendees created costumes to look the part of pioneers, learned about how chores like laundry could be done without electricity, packed a wagon and attempted to survive a journey from New York City to Colorado, and some lucky pioneers struck it rich in the South Platte River as they learned the proper steps of gold panning!
History was brought to life thanks to Four Mile Historic Center bringing two artifact trunks! These trunks contained real artifacts to learn about how Native American tribes survived and lived in Denver well before anyone else, and the pioneers that settled the area in 1858.
This fun event could not be possible without our great sponsors. Thank you to Publication Printers and Xcel Energy for sponsoring this event! They sponsored all of our wonderful family events in 2017!
Last week, high school students from the Greenway Leadership Corps (GLC) met down at Grant-Frontier Park, which is currently undergoing major renovations as part of the larger River Vision Implementation Plan (RVIP). After touring the "park in progress" and having a chance to hear from the lead landscape engineer working on the project, GLC students will put in some service work hours by cleaning up the nearby (and recently renovated) Pasquinel’s Landing.
Many thanks to thank Owen Snell from Denver Parks & Recreation for showing us around the construction site!
Greenway Leadership Corps (GLC) is a youth group in Denver for high school students to learn more about the environment and become active, informed citizens. Click here for more information on the program!
On Saturday, September 6th the Greenway SPREE team joined forces with Gold Unlimited to teach kids and families how to pan for gold in the South Platte River! We had a great time at Grant Frontier park prospecting for gold, exploring the Montana City ghost town, sewing treasure pouches, and having lunch! Each child got to take home any gold they found, a vial to keep it in, and their very own gold pan! Thanks Gold Unlimited!
Photos from the event can be found on our photobucket page.
Stay tuned for our fall 2015 event date!