Small Projects Can Make a Big Difference

by Jill Locantore on March 13, 2015

New path in Argo Park supports walking in all seasons

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Photo Source: City and County of Denver

Over the last three years the resident-led Globeville Walking Group has been looking at obstacles that prevent residents from using the nearby South Platte River trail, Globeville Landing Park, and other neighborhood amenities. While they found obstacles to accessing these amenities by foot, they also found their love for walking and staying active. However, staying active later into the fall came with some difficulties.

The group began to notice that at the end of every season, as it got darker sooner and colder in the evenings, they wanted to keep active, but they didn’t feel that they had a safe place to do so. The trail and parks were too far given how dark and cold it was. They began to think that the best way to solve this problem was to have a walking path in Argo Park, in the center of Globeville.

They began to bring up this issue with Groundwork Denver, which helped start and support the group. They also brought up this issue at neighborhood meetings during the Globeville neighborhood planning process.

Last summer, when the City was considering making improvements to Argo Park, Groundwork Denver ensured that the City consulted with the walking group to get their feedback regarding a walking path in the park.

Last fall the neighborhood, along with Mayor Hancock, City Council, and other community organizations got together to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new path. At the beginning of March 2015 the path was almost finished. The residents of Globeville now have a safe and more convenient place to stay active during all seasons.

This article was contributed by Samantha Villatoro of Groundwork Denver.

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