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A free family-friendly celebration on the High Line Canal to launch upcoming enhancements and protections for the 71-mile High Line Canal
For Immediate Release Contact: Connie Brown, 720-530-5446/[email protected] Suzanna Jones, 720-767-2452/[email protected]
Join the Rally for the Canal-ly on September 14 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon. This free community event will celebrate improvements and enhancements to the High Line Canal and launch a new initiative to further the life and wellbeing of the High Line Canal. Rally for the Canal-ly is free and family-friendly – hosted by the High Line Canal Conservancy and supported by Schomp Subaru and Arapahoe County Open Spaces.
Meet up near the High Line Canal’s mile 51 at Schomp Subaru , 580 S. Havana St. in Aurora. Community leaders, neighbors and Highline Heroes will enjoy a picnic-style lunch and Canal cleanup. As a memento, attendees will be among the first to receive a free copy of our new High Line Canal map.
The High Line Canal’s new initiative is being launched with a $56,000 donation from Subaru Share the Love – money dedicated to and donated by community members through Schomp Subaru on Havana in Aurora. The initiative is the next stage in the High Line Canal Conservancy’s work to bring new life and a bright future to the Canal. It will focus on:
· Storm water
· Landscape management and tree care
· Access and signage
· Safety and crossing enhancements
· Education and stewardship
· Local neighborhood improvements
“The High Line Canal is being transformed from a 71-mile irrigation canal, a landmark of our agricultural heritage, into one of the region’s premier green spaces that connects neighborhoods and people with nature. The community had a vision to honor, enhance and repurpose the Canal. These upcoming improvements and protections will help bring that vision to life,” said High Line Canal Conservancy Executive Director Harriet LaMair.
“Schomp Subaru is so happy we can help realize the High Line Canal’s important and ambitious purpose,” said Schomp Subaru owner Aaron Wallace. “We are delighted that our customers chose to support the project through the Subaru Share the Love drive. It’s a natural for Schomp and a great example of how Subaru Shares the Love.”
· Who: Community members, High Line Canal Conservancy, Schomp Subaru, Arapahoe County Open Space and many others.
· What: Rally for the Canal-ly – Free Community Clean-up Event and Picnic following a brief news conference featuring Denver Water’s CEO Jim Lochhead and Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Sharpe. Enjoy complimentary local fare (while supplies last), and family activities. Help clean up trash along the Canal while learning about how trash impacts the community and environment.
· When: Saturday, August 14, 2019, 10:30 a.m. until Noon.
· Where: Near Mile 51 of the High Line Canal at Schomp Subaru, 580 S. Havana, Aurora. Check in behind Schomp Subaru and pick up trash bags and cleanup supplies, provided by the City of Aurora, Denver Water and High Line Canal Conservancy.
· Why: To celebrate recent improvements to the 71-mile High Line Canal and to kick off the next chapter in the journey to turn the Canal into the region’s premier green space and environmental jewel.
Claim Your Canal Guide and Map: Rally for the Canal-ly attendees will receive the new High Line Canal Map, recently published by the High Line Canal Conservancy. This new Guide and Map of the High Line Canal is an indispensable tool for discovering the wonders of the historic High Line Canal. It breaks down the 71-mile linear park into 27 walkable, bike- and equestrian-friendly trails and adventures, along with navigational tips and highlights of the Canal’s history and natural wonders, highlighting access points, landmarks and adjacent trails. Additional copies will be available for purchase or as a premium with High Line Hero membership.
For high-resolution photos, email Connie Brown: [email protected]
ABOUT THE HIGH LINE CANAL CONSERVANCY
The High Line Canal Conservancy is a tax-exempt nonprofit formed in 2014 by a passionate citizens’ coalition to provide leadership and harness the region’s commitment to enhancing and permanently protecting the High Line Canal. With support from each jurisdiction and in partnership with Denver Water, the Conservancy is connecting stakeholders to support comprehensive planning and ensure that the Canal is protected and enhanced for future generations. For more information, please visit www.highlinecanal.org.
The High Line Canal has long been a beloved asset across our region, but it is outliving its historic use as an irrigation channel. The High Line Canal Conservancy is working to preserve, protect and enhance this ecological and recreational reource by reimagining it as a 71-mile park. Be a High Line Hero. joinhighlinecanal.org Become a High Line Hero today and help shape the next generation of the High Line Canal!