CCGA FEAST ON THE CREEK RAISES FUNDS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS IN IDAHO SPRINGS, CO
Clear Creek Greenway Authority (CCGA) and the City of Idaho Springs held their 2nd annual Feast on the Creek for the advancement of the Clear Creek Greenway project on October 7th at Courtney Ryley Cooper Park. Over $42,000 was raised in support of the Clear Creek Greenway project. This project was started when a group of proud Clear Creek County residents and businesses owners discovered a mutual vision to increase the capacity for tourism in cities like Idaho Springs throughout Clear Creek County. It will provide new ways for the community to be outdoors together, as well as spur economic development through the creation of impactful programs, new businesses and recreational opportunities across the county.
The county is already a popular destination, seeing as many as 10,000 visitors per day during peak season. The improvements planned as part of the Clear Creek Greenway project will give tourists and local residents safer, pedestrian-friendly connections to enjoy their time in the mountains. In Idaho Springs, the greenway will also provide a much-needed link between the city’s business district on the east side and the popular downtown area. The multi-use, accessible and continuous paved recreational trail along Clear Creek will create greater connections among current local parks, Clear Creek Recreation Center and popular historic sites.
The evening saluted the project’s growth and success as local residents and sponsors gathered together to share support for the project. Headlining this year’s Keynote Speech was endurance athlete, Marshall Ulrich who inspired all in attendance by sharing his experiences in running more than 120 ultramarathons. Marshall’s ultramarathons each averaged over 125 miles, but distance was not his only challenge. He has also climbed each of the Seven Summits and succeeded each one on his first attempt. His message to defy the ideas of “too far,” “too old,” and “not possible,” resonated with the crowd and made the crowd eager to take on the task of transforming Clear Creek County with new recreational amenities.
Jeff Shoemaker, the Executive Director of the Greenway Foundation, opening the Feast on the Creek with his impressive skills as a piano player. More than any other, Jeff is responsible for the growth and success of the effort to build many miles of recreational trails and restore forgotten waterways to their full beauty. His efforts at this latest event demonstrated his continued interest in showing his support for the project in any way he possibly can.
For additional information on the Clear Creek Greenway project or interview sources, contact Amy Saxton, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-877-0579.
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