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Since 1979, the Foundation is the single non-profit entity that collaboratively partners with community representation to create and enhance the trails and greenways in the South Metro area.  We rely on strong, interactive partnership to help us succeed in our efforts benefiting hundreds of thousands of community members.

Today, the Foundation continues to provide the common link for governmental agencies by taking the lead in regional parks, trails and open space planning and funding.  Being a non-profit organization, we provide more flexibility and opportunities for planning, funding and implementing trails and greenway programs and projects.  We exist to meet the outdoor needs of the current, and future residents of the south metro communities.

How do we fund greenway and trail development?

Thanks to committed and generous funding partners, we have successfully been completing trail and greenway projects for decades.  Funding from local, state and federal public and private organizations have supported trail and greenway projects as well as individuals from our community such as you!

As the Board and community complete long range trail and greenway development plans, we also strategize funding.  How are we going to pay for what the community wants?  Partnering with multiple jurisdictions, collaborative decisions are made to identify the most effective funding sources for a specific project.  Throughout the years, the following funding mechanisms have been key in trail and greenway projects:


Arapahoe County Open Space sspf funding groups

Great Outdoors Colorado

Colorado State Trails Program


How do we fund the Foundation? 

Funding for the operations of the Foundation is more challenging.  We rely on support from jurisdictions and more importantly, community members such as YOU!  We are able to do many events, marketing and outreach with a small budget, but with more funding, we would be able to reach so many more trail users.

The primary fundraising program the Foundation operates is an annual giving campaign.  For the past two years we have participated in Colorado Gives Day, an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.  Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day has taken place during a 24-hour period each winter since 2010. Donations are accepted through the website ColoradoGives.org, with a goal to inspire and unite Coloradans in supporting local nonprofits.

Throughout the years, we have received strong commitments from the jurisdictional and financial partners of the Foundation which include the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District (Bow Mar, Centennial, Columbine Valley, City of Littleton and City of Sheridan, Lone Tree); City of Englewood; City of Glendale; Cherry Hills Village; Greenwood Village; Great Outdoors Colorado (State Trails Program); Urban Drainage and Flood Control District; the Army Corp of Engineers, and, Arapahoe County.

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