South Platte River Planning Initiative Underway in Adams County

By Byron Fanning, Asst. County Manager, Adams County


Thanks to the vision and leadership of the Mile High Flood District, Adams County and the cities of Brighton, Commerce City and Thornton, along with the engagement of The Greenway Foundation, a new initiative, known as the Adams County South Platte River Vision and Implementation Plan (Implementation Plan), is underway to update the 1997 Adams County South Platte River Heritage Plan (Heritage Plan).


“... resulting in a cohesive and interconnected open space system and bicycle transportation network throughout this remarkable section of the River.”

The 2021-22 Implementation Plan will be a once-in-a-generation collaborative effort involving all of the stakeholders listed above, to initiate a fully-implementable vision for the 17 miles of the South Platte River (River) traversing through Adams County, resulting in a cohesive and interconnected open space system and bicycle transportation network throughout this remarkable section of the River. All of the partners in this exciting endeavor, including The Greenway Foundation, are fully committed to improving the overall ecosystem restoration, mitigate flood hazards, and advancing recreational and accessibility-based opportunities for the River, thereby also maximizing adjacent economic opportunities alongside this priceless waterway. The Implementation Plan will allow the River to become more accessible to the public and, as such, will improve the quality of life for all adjacent residents and communities.