Armed with a concept and little more than $5 in the Foundation treasury the Foundation Board stepped forward to lead what seemed to be a daunting task— the creation of a 8-mile, $4 million greenway running the length of Platte through Arapahoe County.
As the years passed, Mary’s small group became thousands and today, hundreds of thousands of people enjoy the Foundation’s initial legacy project of the Foundation; the Mary Carter Greenway. Building on our initial success, The Gates Foundation awarded the Foundation a $125,000 challenge grant to initiate the beginning of work on the Mary Carter Greenway/South Platte River Trail in the mid 1980’s.
A number of other local Foundations, The South Suburban Park and Recreation District, the cities and towns, Arapahoe County, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District and Colorado State Trails all participated in the building of the Greenway starting at the Denver city limits and working south along the Platte River to Chatfield State Recreation area. Through everyone’s efforts led and inspired by Mary Carter, the Foundation’s legacy project named the Mary Carter Greenway has made history today.