Vision Plan for the South Platte River

Arapahoe County, Colorado

The South Platte River corridor through Arapahoe County south of Denver has developed into an exceptional recreational amenity, offering bike and pedestrian trails, natural areas, and river-oriented commercial development for trail users and local residents. While good progress had been made to improve the River environment through this area, the overall corridor, which passes through the cities of Sheridan, Englewood, Columbine Valley, and Littleton, lacked a common vision plan to guide recreational and economic development in a comprehensive manner. Stream was hired by the South Platte Working Group a partnership of local governmental agencies including Arapahoe County, the Cities of Littleton, Englewood, and Sheridan, The Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, and South Suburban Parks and Recreation to facilitate the articulation of a vision for the corridor and to develop a prioritized action agenda for implementation of improvements.

The centerpiece of the process was a charrette of the South Platte Working Group and key stakeholders in the South Platte corridor that helped to develop the components of the long term vision. Stream compiled, interpreted and edited the wide range of charrette recommendations into a Vision Framework Plan. This included an Action Plan, with short term and long term action items, which will guide the allocation of over $5 million in open space funding from the Arapahoe County Open Space Program.