Secretary Salazar, Governor Hickenlooper to Announce Next Steps in Fulfilling Vision for America's Next Great Urban Park


DENVER, CO—On Friday, May 4, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will announce the next steps in implementing conservation and recreation projects throughout the Denver metropolitan area and along the South Platte River, including the Rocky Mountain Greenway Project.

Last May, Gov. Hickenlooper and Sec. Salazar announced three conservation initiatives in Colorado as part of the America's Great Outdoors Initiative, a nationwide effort to encourage and support community-driven conservation and recreation projects around the country. On Friday, they will host a meeting with elected officials, local and regional planners, and other open space leaders throughout the metropolitan area to discuss the initiatives' ongoing progress.

The Rocky Mountain Greenway Project focuses on a federal, state, local and stakeholder partnership to enhance the Denver metropolitan area parks, open spaces, river corridors and trails—creating an uninterrupted trails/transportation link connecting the Denver metro area's trail systems, the three National Wildlife Refuges in the metro region, Rocky Mountain National Park, and community trails systems in between.

Sec. Salazar and Gov. Hickenlooper will also be joined by Senator Mark Udall, Congressman Ed Perlmutter and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock to unveil a Colorado Department of Transportation directional sign for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. A former chemical weapons manufacturing facility, the site has since been transformed into an urban gateway and sanctuary for residents, visitors and wildlife. The sign is part of an effort to increase the refuge's visibility and encourage more visitors.

WHO: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado

Michael B. Hancock, Mayor of Denver

Mark Udall, U.S. Senator

Ed Perlmutter, U.S. Representative
Press Conference on Colorado's Great Outdoors
11:30 a.m. MDT
WHERE: Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

6550 Gateway Road

Commerce City, Colorado