In the late 1990’s, working with local communities, user groups and the natural features of the land, a “hidden gem” was discovered! It was the Big Dry Creek corridor which flows east from the Platte River connecting to the High Line Canal. Upon further exploration, the true natural and recreational potentials of restoring the valuable qualities this urbanized open space had to offer was realized.
Working with multiple partners including Englewood, Littleton, Greenwood Village, Arapahoe County, and the South Suburban Park and Recreation District, this trail was completed in 2009. In Fall 2002, a 250-foot pedestrian bridge crossing the South Platte River at the confluence with Big Dry Creek was installed providing a major trail link and access point.
In the spring of 2006, working with multiple partners, the Foundation completed the 200-foot long “canopy walk” that takes trail users over the creek habitat at tree canopy level on the Big Dry Creek Trail. The “canopy walk” not only makes for an interesting trail experience, but also provides the much-needed protection for sensitive riparian habitat below. Living with nature, the walk takes users over the creek habitat at tree canopy level – a bird’s eye approach!
The primary goal of the Big Dry Creek is to provide easy connections to the area’s premier parks, extensive walking paths, skate parks, inline hockey rink, baseball fields, soccer fields, playgrounds, picnic areas, and other valuable outdoor amenities. Working within urban areas can be challenging but, that didn’t stop the Foundation! Because the Big Dry includes an old growth forest and a diverse riparian corridor, strategic planning efforts and design components are continually being implemented to support the restoration and preservation of the native plant and wildlife habitats in this area.