Centennial Link Trail Officially Opens
Students running across the new bridge on the recently dedicated Centennial Link Trial. Photo credit: Allison Wittern, City of Centennial.
Connecting with the outdoors just got easier. The last two links of the Centennial Link Trail were completed in November, finalizing the 3 mile east/west trail from deKoevend Park to Holly Park Open Space, and connecting parks, schools and neighborhoods.
The Centennial Link Trail was officially dedicated on November 19. South Suburban Parks and Recreation hosted the event, with participation from funding partners, The City of Centennial and Arapahoe County Open Spaces.
Celebrating the dedication of the Centennial Link Trail from left to right: District 4 Centennial Council Member C.J. Whelan, SEMSWA Board Chair Bart Miller, District 4 Centennial Council Member Stephanie Piko, Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon, District 2 Centennial Council Member Keith Gardner and Bob Searns, consultant, The Greenway Team.
The trail was built in 3 phases over multiple years, utilizing funding from Arapahoe County Open Spaces, City of Centennial and South Suburban Parks and Recreation. Phase 1 and 2 of the trail were completed from deKoevend Park to Lois Lenski Elementary School.
Since many Lois Lenski Elementary students walk to and from school on the Centennial Link Trail, a Lenski staffer and a group of students participated in the dedication. The students ran across the new pedestrian bridge, located near the school, breaking the ceremonial red ribbon. Afterwards the students autographed and decorated the bridge with chalk.
While most of the Centennial Link Trail is new, some existing trail along Little Dry Creek and the High Line Canal was used to connect the new trail together. The trail’s surface is a combination of crusher fine and concrete, and some existing 5 ft. asphalt trail was removed and widened to 8 ft. concrete trail.
Phase 3 of the trail continues from Lois Lenski Elementary to S. Holly St. though the Georgetown Village neighborhood, and features two pedestrian bridges than span Little Dry Creek. Improvements include channel modifications, retaining walls, grading irrigation and landscape modifications. The trail continues east to Holly Dam and Open Space.