Denver- People get makeovers. Sometimes homes get makeovers. Almost never do ditches get makeovers.
One of Denver’s most popular ditches is about to get a little TLC.
The 71-mile, High Line Canal, is due for an upgrade.
The ditch and irrigation system was built in the 1880s to deliver water from the foothills to the plains.
It still serves that purpose today, but these days, the trail is very popular for jogging, waking and horseback riding.
The canal starts in Waterton Canyon in Douglas County and runs to Green Valley Ranch in Northeast Denver.
This entire stretch is 860 acres, which is slightly bigger than Central Park in New York City.
More than 350,000 people live within a mile of the canal and it passes through 11 communities.
More than half a million people use it recreationally every year.
Denver Water manages the canal. They are teaming up with the High Line Canal conservancy to figure out how to preserve the area for another hundred years.
If planned and preserved properly, this area has the potential to become a national attraction as the largest continuous urban greenway in the US.
Since so many people use the trail, they want you to have a say in what the future looks like out there.
What’s your vision for the trail? Share your ideas at an open house:
- 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, at Expo Recreation Center, 10955 E. Exposition Ave., Aurora.
- 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, at Eloise May Library, 1471 S. Parker Rd., Denver.
- 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 21, at Eisenhower Recreation Center, 4300 E. Dartmouth Ave., Denver.