Parks, Land and Natural Areas
Groundwork Denver works with the community and partners to green-up our neighborhoods and local parks and make sure that people living in lower income neighborhoods have access to high quality, beautiful green spaces. With the help of hundreds of volunteers we plant native trees and shrubs, pick up trash, and remove invasive plant species in Denver, Commerce City, and Sheridan. Groundwork Denver also works with low-income communities to identify underutilized properties for redevelopment to a use with clear public benefit.
Our goal is to ensure that the community has meaningful involvement in urban planning, park planning, and redevelopment projects, and that the green space resources in these communities are accessible and high quality. Brownfield sites are a major component of our land program. The term brownfield refers to a site (vacant or developed) which is contaminated or suspected of being contaminated. Redeveloping this land into something beneficial can be highly complicated or stalled. Many of these neighborhoods are surrounded by industrial and commercial land uses which have led to blight, vacant lots and poorly maintained railroad and highway land. Former smelter sites and other toxic industrial operations have left contaminants behind in the soil where people live. Groundwork Denver works with residents to explore alternative land uses that are beneficial for residents. Platte Farm Open Space is an example of one such redevelopment project being led by Groundwork Denver.
Groundwork Denver also partners with The National Park Service, The U.S. Forest Service, and The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to do habitat restoration projects with volunteers and Green Team youth. Connecting these groups of people to public lands and federally protected spaces near their respective communities.
Groundwork Denver is currently partnered with Rocky Mountain National Park and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Our Green Team youth employment programming sends youth to work on projects and learn about natural resource and wildlife management in both of these federally protected spaces. In addition to these locations, in recent years, Groundwork Denver youth have also worked in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, National Elk Refuge, and the Pike National Forest.
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