Past Accomplishments

SMLC has initiated or participated in conservation and land preservation projects in the south metro area totaling 10,300 acres.  They include:

  • Buffering S. Platte Park:
    • Newton Trust property: 18.75 acres (site of Aspen Grove Shopping Center); Advocacy and Financial Participation
    • Superchi Property:  22 acres; Advocacy and Financial Participation
    • Ensor property:  7.8 acres; Financial Participation and Held Easement
  • Chambers Farm (now Wynetka Ponds Park):  28 acres; Advocacy and Held and Disbursed funds raised by Chambers Farm Preservation Association
  • Chatfield Basin Conservation Network:  Financial Participation and Grant Writer
  • Chatfield Environmental Pool Stakeholder Group: Member and Purchaser of Water Share for Recreation on S. Platte River
  • Stockwell/Hildebrand Property: 1,450 acres adjoining Chatfield State Park and Denver Botanic Gardens; Advocacy and Financial Participation
  • Mineral Avenue Trail (former railroad spur); Advocacy and Financial Participation
  • Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield State Park; Advocacy and Fund Raising
  • Bowtie Property adjacent to Cherry Creek State Park: 8.6 acres; Provided Easement Monitoring
  • Marjorie Perry Preserve on the Highline Canal: 55 acres; Financial Participation and Held Easement
  • Oxbow Property along S. Platte River: 3 acres; Advocacy and Financial Participation
  • Lee Gulch Open Space:  5.5 acres; Held Conservation Easement
  • Marrs Ranch – West Bijou Creek (adjacent to former Plains Conservation Center land in Eastern Arapahoe County):  1,000 acres; Advocacy and Financial Participation
  • Carson Nature Center Solar Classroom Construction at S. Platte Park:  Financial Participation
  • Other:
    • South Platte Working Group
    • Arapahoe County Open Space Task Force
    • Arapahoe County Open Space and Trails Advisory Board
    • Cherry Creek Basin Working Group
    • High Line Working Group
    • Waterton Canyon Partnership
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