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High Line Canal plan unveiled

Posted: 5:24 PM, Sep 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-15 00:40:57-04
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AURORA, Colo. — The High Line Canal Conservancy spent the last five years developing a plan to preserve their unique and popular recreation area.

They privately raised $4 million, and they plan on raising much more to make their 15-year plan successful.

With fewer people using the canal for irrigation in recent years, Denver Water is planning to switch gears and use it for stormwater.

Highlights of the plan include easier trail access, uniform signage, tree care, and safer crossings, which provides for building a couple of new underpasses for the trail.

On Saturday, they unveiled this plan publicly for the first time.

“This plan is just a critical piece,” Conservancy Executive Director Harriet LaMair said. “It’s a guideline for all the local governments for how they can commit dollars, and we can raise private dollars for this canal.”

The High Line Canal starts in Douglas County at Waterton Canyon and runs to Green Valley Ranch in northeast Denver. The path of the canal falls within one mile of hundreds of thousands of residents.