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Connecting the Canal – Segment 13, Tower Road Connections, the Arsenal and I-70 (W&T)
June 21 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 amFree
SEGMENT 13 Tower Road Connections, the Arsenal and I-70
TYPE: W&T | PACE: 3 mph |TERRAIN: Lots of sidewalk, small hills, dirt/pebble trail | DIFFICULTY: Moderate| DISTANCE: Approx. 5+ miles
Walk Description: In partnership with the High Line Canal Conservancy, we will walk the entire High Line Canal, one segment at a time, covering most of the 71-mile trail. Check out our overview page here for the entire schedule.
Segment 13 of 14. Miles 66-61. On this segment, we’ll amble through northern Aurora and follow the Canal as it crosses Tower Road (twice) and I-70. We’ll see the old connections to the Army Arsenal, historically the Canal’s largest stakeholder, and understand why the Canal stopped flowing water past its headgate #157 near First Creek. At the time the “large truck farms” produced produce for the Rose Hill area and beyond, but the failure of those farms led to the decision to stop the Canal’s flow further. With money from the lottery, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge plans to expand access into the Refuge from this First Creek area. We’ll talk about the history of the Arsenal and its expansion as a Wildlife Refuge, focusing on the importance of clean water in the process.
Walk Leader: Chris Englert is a long-time Walking Movement Leader, Member-Owner of Walk2Connect, and author of Best Urban Hikes: Denver and Walking Denver’s Neighborhoods. Follow her at www.denverbyfoot.com, and at @denverbyfoot on social media. You can reach her at 303 507 7280 or [email protected]
Meeting Location: Park at the end of the segment at 1780 Andes St, Aurora; parallel park along this neighborhood street. Please remember to keep voices quiet as we gather. Bus stop 21871, Rte 15. We will meet at the end of the segment and then carpool to the beginning of the segment. Please be parked and ready to walk at 7:20 am. We will leave no later than 7:35 am to carpool to the starting destination.
Carpool to Here: 4538 Perth St, Denver. Small visitor parking lot next to this address. This is a neighborhood, so please be considerate and quiet as we gather. We will walk the segment together. At the end of the walk, we will carpool back to the beginning of the segment to return people to their cars.
Teamwork: In order for us to have a great time, enjoy the segment, and get everyone to the beginning and ends, we must work as a team. Patience, guidance and erring on the side of positivity are crucial for a successful and joyful segment.
Restrooms: There may be a portapotty in a park less than a mile from our start, plus we’ll stop at a Starbucks along the way.
Driving Liability: If you are not comfortable carpooling, please make other arrangements to meet us at the start of the walk and for you to depart the walk. Alternatively, you can take a Lyft. If you use this link and you’re a new Lyft user, you get a credit toward your first ride. If you have questions about how parking/carpooling/transit will work, please contact your walking movement leader. If you choose to drive, please remember that you must have liability insurance and you assume all risks as a driver or passenger. If asked, please be prepared to show your proof of insurance.
Welcome Waivers: Please fill out the online “Welcome Waiver” or download, print, sign, and turn in a hard copy. You only need to do this once a year with Walk2Connect.
Final Details: You will receive final details to your email address from Lisa Alonge about this segment on the Wednesday before we are scheduled to walk. Refer to this final details email for concluding comments about weather, parking, and conditions. If you do not receive this email by 9 pm the Wednesday before the walk, contact Lisa via text to 720 339 8766 or her email address [email protected]
RSVP: You must sign up to walk. Please use the RSVP feature below. Visit our main page to sign up for additional segments. Your RSVP is important and will guide our communication about changes, parking, and other details. If you are walking with someone else, please have that person also sign up so that we have their email address and can track effectively.
Dogs: Dogs are welcome on 6-foot leashes. No retractable leashes. Please be sure to bring baggies and water for your dog and consider the carpooling scenarios if you bring your dog with you.
Tokens: For the walkers who complete all 14 segments of the Connecting the Canal event series according to the official schedule will receive a High Line Canal token. You can “make up” up to two segments with one of our volunteer Walking Movement Leaders.
What to bring: Wear comfortable shoes and clothing, bring 2 liters of water, and you may also want to include appropriate outerwear, hat, and sunscreen.
Weather: We will walk in all weather conditions except ice and lightning. Those who registered will be notified by 9pm the night before if the walk is canceled. No news is good news.
Cancellation Policy: We only cancel in extreme weather conditions on our path, such as ice, hail, or lightning.
-This particular segment is much different than the other segments, as the Trail and the Canal do not meander hand-in-hand. We’ll meander in/around/by/off the Canal, eventually meeting up with it to walk along it for the rest of our 71 miles.
This program is in partnership with the High Line Canal Conservancy. For more information about the entire trail, see www.highlinecanal.org.
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