Fencing off Bike Path a Success: Weeds Growing in Beautifully

Denver Park & Rec is often criticized by the Stapleton community, but this recent success is getting their reputation back on the right track. Four months ago, Denver Park & Rec made the radical decision to start fencing off the areas around the Westerly Creek Trail. Park Ranger Bob Nielsen spearheaded the project.

“We noticed that the wonderful weeds that people have grown accustomed to in Colorado were getting recklessly trampled on, and therefore, not growing in as quickly,” said the Ranger.  “We decided we needed to do something to get these fantastic plants flourishing in their environment again.” 

Park & Rec went to work setting down miles of cheap orange fencing from Home Depot to keep runners, bikers, off leash dogs, and children from playing in these protected areas.  The strategy has paid off.  “The weeds are growing better than ever,” said Nielsen.  Park & Rec is expected to follow up on this success with another by changing the Rec Center hours on Saturdays from 10AM to 11:30AM, to 10AM to noon.

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