Open Space! Parks! Connecting Children to Nature! Trails! …and More!

SMLC’s mission is to increase understanding and appreciation of the profound importance of open spaces, natural areas, parks and trails in the lives of people of all ages. SMLC does this through advocacy, open space acquisition and educational projects.


Throughout South Metro Land Conservancy’s 29-year history, the organization has focused on the acquisition and preservation of open space in the south metro area. As a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, SMLC has initiated or participated in conservation and land preservation projects totaling over 10,300 acres of protected open space. Click here to see what we've accomplished! We believe that SMLC’s efforts have been key to the quality of life that we enjoy. There is no question that open space, parks, trails and natural areas are integral to what we are as a community.

The Latest News

SMLC enjoyed participating with the City of Littleton’s “Meet, Greet and Eats” throughout the summer. Once again, the South Platte Park rangers and their nature van and the live aquatic animals were a big hit.

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SMLC President, Pat Cronenberger, presents retired board member, Linda Knufinke, with the SMLC Eagle Award.

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SMLC’s annual newsletter is out! It’s been a great year and we are busy with new projects that will benefit our local environment, create better parks, connect kids to nature and serve our community. Please take a moment to read it.

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Getting from Here to There: Improving Trails and Connectivity

SMLC supports additional opportunities to expand connectivity of parks, trails and places people need to travel in order to meet the needs of their everyday lives. Facilitating travel via walking or biking has proven health benefits for people of all ages and contributes to better air quality. For example, SMLC advocates for a trail connection between Progress and Cornerstone Parks; a perimeter trail in Powers Park; and is an active participant with the South Platte Working Group.

Children are Made to Have Fun Outdoors: Connect Children with Nature

SMLC wants children to get outside and explore! SMLC partners with Great Outdoors Colorado’s “Generation Wild”, sponsors ranger programs for children and has provided high quality nature-themed books for Bemis Library’s summer reading program and LPS’s Village Pre-School.

What's that "Mess" in My Neighborhood Park? Enhance Natural Areas

A lot of people wonder why portions of their neighborhood parks look messy: grass is uncut and unwatered; tree logs are left to rot. These parcels are often misunderstood, yet they provide habitat for birds, animals and native plants close to home. SMLC is helping people understand the importance of natural areas in their neighborhood parks. Not only do we want to see these areas become valued assets in existing parks, SMLC has funded the “reimagining” of Powers Park to become a showcase of native plantings and a place to connect with nature.

Check out further details on our Powers Park efforts within Our Projects section here.

We Have EXCITING News! The Powers Park Vision Plan is Complete!

SMLC's current effort to improve Powers Park has reached a milestone in the completion of the park's overall Vision Plan, thanks to the work of commissioned landscape architecture firm, Stream. Great thanks go to funding partners South Metro Housing Options, a private foundation and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The Powers Park Vision Plan accomplishes the following:

  • Furthers SMLC’s mission to connect people with nature and enhance important habitat close to home in a neighborhood park
  • Provides better park amenities for current residents and the new residents of the SMHO housing project
  • Accomplishes the two above goals without negatively impacting the park’s stormwater detention function and operational needs

Next step is to work with the City of Littleton, South Suburban Park and Recreation District and Mile High Flood District to put funding in place for the renovation of Powers Park.

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More information about Powers Park can be found on our Current Projects page.

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