The Greenway Foundation (TGF)’s annual Hero of the River Award is presented to an individual or organization who/that has displayed a significant and longstanding impact on the continued improvement/evolution/ sustainability of the South Platte River Watershed.
The 2019 Hero of the River Award was presented to Jolon Clark at this year’s Noble Energy Gala on the Bridge presented by Revesco Properties and MillerCoors.
Jolon’s longstanding dedication to TGF and our River is undeniable, starting with his 17 year career as an employee of TGF. During his tenure as a member of Greenway Foundation Team, Jolon founded the SPREE program which, at the time, consisted of a one trip, one park, one grade excursion led by Jolon (and Jolon only). Obviously, SPREE has evolved into what the expansive program is it today. SPREE currently has 25 weeks of school excursions with up to 60 students per day and 10 weeks of summer camp hosting up to 60 children per day!
As President of City Council and because of his leadership Jolon led the effort to create, engage and successfully pass Amendment 2A in 2018, providing a sustainable and significant revenue stream for Denver’s parks, open spaces, and waterways to the tune of $37 million per year and increasing each year.
Jolon’s contributions to TGF, our River and our city are numerous and significant. Jolon Clark is often saying "If takes a village to raise a child, it takes a city to save a River" and he epitomizes the Hero of the River Award.