Our Partners 2018-01-10T18:01:54+00:00

Our Friends + Partners

Attachment to the High Line Canal spreads far and wide, as evident through the overwhelming support from friends and partners. Due to this deep connection and other planning efforts, today the Conservancy benefits from these strong partnerships. It is the efforts of these organizations and partnerships that have set the stage for successful long-term planning for the Canal.

The broad coalition of partners listed below are an indispensable part of the future success of the Conservancy’s planning, leadership and future vision of the Canal.

Arapahoe County

Arapahoe County

The Open Spaces Department of Arapahoe County works to preserve natural and heritage areas, enhance neighborhood and regional parks and build and maintain trails. Since 2003, Arapahoe County’s Open Space program has conserved more than 31,000 acres of open space, built more than 51 miles of new trails and created and enhanced 157 neighborhood and regional parks.

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Denver Water

As Colorado’s oldest and largest water utility, Denver Water proudly serves high-quality water and promotes its efficient use to 1.3 million people in the city of Denver and many surrounding suburbs. Established in 1918, Denver Water acquired the Canal in 1924 and to this day continues to manage the entire length of the Canal as a water utility.

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Gates Family Foundation

Gates Family Foundation

The Gates Family Foundation makes philanthropic investments statewide that contribute to the quality of life in Colorado, create opportunities for youth, and support stewardship of this extraordinary place, particularly the state’s natural inheritance. The Foundation has been promoting self-sufficiency, excellence and innovation in Colorado communities since 1946.

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Great Outdoors Colorado

Great Outdoors Colorado

GOCO invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. Created by voters in 1992, GOCO has committed more than $825 million in lottery proceeds to more than 4,500 projects in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support.

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Founding Partners

71 Miles Supported by 71 Founding Partners

These partners, among others not listed, have committed $25,000 or more to the Conservancy

Albion Street Neighbors
Bailey-Stanford Family Foundation
Pam Beardsley & the Beardsley Family
Laura Christman & Bill Rothacker Family Foundation
Kathie & Keith Finger
Karl & Barbara Friedman Family Foundation
Marjorie & Thomas Gart
Kareen & Jim Kimsey
Sherri & Buz Koelbel
Carol & Dirk McDermott
The Mulvihill Family (2 miles)
Denise O’Leary & Kent Thiry (3 miles)
Tami Paumier & Glen Warren
Mike, Keren, Kevin, & Wil Rosser
The Schovee Family
Seth & Jennifer Terry
Debra & Ken Tuchman (2 miles)
Amy Halperin Wood -The Marcus Foundation

Representing 25 miles as of May 3, 2017

To learn more about our Founding Partners program please email harriet@highlinecanal.org.

The High Line Canal Core Team

The Core Team, formed in 2012, is the coordinating body and advocate for Denver Water for various efforts taking place along the Canal.

Sarah Anderson
Water Quality Project Mgr, DPW
Randy Burkhardt
Asst. Director, Parks, Trails and Building Grounds
Douglas County
Shannon Carter
Director, Open Space & Trails Program
Arapahoe County
Scott Gilmore
Deputy Director, Parks & Recreation
Jay Henke
Senior Landscape Architect – Parks & Recreation
Harriet LaMair
Executive Director
High Line Canal Conservancy
Tom Repp
Stormwater Management Engineer Douglas County
Tom Roode
Director of Operations and Maintenance
Denver Water
Josh Tenneson
Open Spaces Grants Administrator
Arapahoe County
Amy Turney
Chief of Distribution and Property Management
Denver Water
Tracy Young
Manager of Planning, Design & Construction
Brandon Ransom
Manager of Recreation
Denver Water


The High Line Canal Working Group is a collaborative group formed in 2010 comprised of elected officials and senior staff from the counties, cities, districts and nonprofit groups that are contiguous to the Canal.

Arapahoe County

  • Nancy Sharpe, Commissioner
  • Nancy Jackson, Commissioner (alternate)
  • Shannon Carter, Open Spaces Program

City of Aurora

  • Bob LeGare, City Council
  • Tracy Young, Parks, Recreation & Open Space

City of Centennial

  • Kathy Turley, City Council
  • Steven Greer, Community Planning Director

City of Cherry Hills Village

  • Laura Christman, Mayor
  • Jay Goldie, Public Works

City and County of Denver

  • Kendra Black, Denver City Council
  • Jay Henke, Parks and Recreation Department

Denver Water

  • Brandon Ransom, Recreation

Douglas County

  • Jill Repella, Commissioner
  • Randy Burkhardt, Parks, Trails & Building Grounds
  • Tom Repp, Stormwater Management Engineer

Highlands Ranch Metro District

  • Carrie Ward, Parks, Recreation & Open Space

City of Greenwood Village

  • Dave Bullock, City Council
  • Freda Miklin, City Council
  • Suzanne Moore, Parks, Trails & Recreation

City of Littleton

  • Bruce Beckman, Mayor
  • Mike Braaten, Deputy City Manager

South Suburban Parks and Recreation District

  • Pam Eller, Board of Directors
  • Rob Hanna, Executive Director
  • Brett Collins, Director of Planning and Development


  • Sharon Powers, Arapahoe County Open Space & Trails Advisory Board
  • Michael Rosser, Aurora Open Space Advisory Board
  • Klasina VanderWerf, Cherry Hills Land Preserve
  • Harriet Crittenden LaMair, High Line Canal Conservancy
  • Tom Waymire, High Line Canal Preservation Association
  • Bobbie Sheffield, South Metro Land Conservancy