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.

Pisces Foundation

Pisces Foundation

The Pisces Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations to accelerate to a world where people and nature thrive together.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Founding Partners

71 Miles Supported by 71 Founding Partners

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

Anonymous Donors
The Addy Family
Albion & Birch Street Neighbors
Bailey-Stanford Family Foundation
Pamela Beardsley & the Beardsley Family
Carol W. Bieging Trust
Dessa Bokides & William Fay Family
Bolt Family
Virginia Brown & Cody Smith
Laura Christman & Bill Rothacker Family Foundation
Conservancy Board of Directors
Fast Enterprises
Kathie & Keith Finger
Joe & Jennifer Freeman (3 miles)
Karl & Barbara Friedman Family Foundation
The Garnett Family
Marjorie & Thomas Gart
Amy Halperin Wood – The Marcus Foundation
Michelle & Larry Harmsen
Zack & Melissa Holland
Graham and Cathy Hollis
Jennifer & Mark Hopkins
The Humes Family
Mike & Joan Iseman
Nina & Tim Itin
The Jornayvaz Family & the LARRK Foundation
Katherine and Steve Meier & Raymond and Suzanne Satter
Kareen & Jim Kimsey
Sherri & Buz Koelbel
Bill & Georgeanna Klingensmith
John & Polly Loewy
Harriet & Michael LaMair Family
Sharon & Greg Maffei
Dirk & Carol McDermott
Heather & James Mulvihill (2 miles)
Robert & Judi Newman
Denise O’Leary & Kent Thiry (3 miles)
Tami Paumier & Glen Warren
Mike, Keren, Kevin, & Wil Rosser
Roundup Riders of the Rockies Heritage and Trails Foundation
Kathryn & Tim Ryan and Martha Records & Rich Rainaldi
Peter and Julie Savoie
The Schovee Family
Scott-Kearney Family
Southgate Water and Sanitation Districts
Mary Laird and Russell Stewart
Mrs. Thomas Taplin
Moses Taylor Family
Seth & Jennifer Terry
Jeanne & Glenn Tubb
Debra & Ken Tuchman (2 miles)
Klasina VanderWerf & Tom Thomas
The Walking Group
Cille & Ron Williams,
in honor of Pam & George Beardsley

Representing 70 miles as of September 2019

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
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

  • Angela Lawson, 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

South Suburban Parks and Recreation District

  • Rob Hanna, Executive Director
  • Brett Collins, Director of Planning and Development

City of Greenwood Village

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

City of Littleton

Highlands Ranch Metro District

  • Allen Dreher, Board of Directors
  • Carrie Ward, Parks, Recreation & Open Space


  • Sharon Powers, Arapahoe County Open Space & Trails Advisory Board
  • Harriet Crittenden LaMair, High Line Canal Conservancy
  • Tom Waymire, High Line Canal Preservation Association