11th Annual South Platte River Clean-Up

  • 04/23/2016
  • 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • South Platte River Drive just south of Florida Ave


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11th Annual South Platte River Clean-Up

on Saturday, April 23rd

We are excited to announce that Colorado Whitewater is hosting the 11th Annual South Platte River Clean-up on Saturday, April 23rd in celebration of Earth Day in Denver, Colorado. This is an all-volunteer event to pick up trash along the South Platte River.
In past years, we have seen over 200 rafters, kayakers, and other participants successfully remove over 2 TONS of garbage from the river corridor. The event has garnered local and regional attention as the best river stewardship event in the Metro area. We anticipate a large turnout as we have partnered with American Whitewater, Confluence Kayaks, and Down River Equipment to present this year’s event. Participating in the Clean-up is a great way to give back to your community and take care of the river that winds its way through the heart of Denver.

When: 4/23/2016
Registration and shuttles:  11 am - Noon
On the water: Noon – 3 pm
After Party: 5pm  - 8 pm at Denver Beer Co.

Participants can join by raft, kayak, or other water craft.  Please note that rafts and duckies are easier to carry trash. We also encourage people to participate by bike or by foot!  If you do not have a ride on a water-craft there will be a very limited amount of available seats on rafts.  PLEASE bring a LIFEJACKET!!! Please arrive early and properly dressed (river appropriate life jacket, water shoes) and we will try to find you a ride.

Event Details:

We are having a scavenger hunt this year with awesome prizes for the winners, so pick up lots and lots of trash!  Take photos of your adventures, and awards will be given to:

  1. The single largest trash item found
  2. The most unique item
  3. The largest amount of trash collected (team of 2)

***Share your photo’s on Facebook South Platte River Cleanup Event site #SPRCleanup16 to have a chance to win the scavenger hunt competition!

Check-in and Put in  ---> Check in at registration booth 11am!

Meet off South Platte River Dr, just South of Florida Ave. We will have a booth set up by the river. There will be temporary parking available along the road.

Please bring:

  1. ***Please print and fill out this waiver!!! ***
  2. Proof of registration by 4/17 to get your free t-shirt (i.e. photo on your phone of your registration email). We have a limited amount, so arrive early!

Unload your raft, kayaks, other water craft, and your passengers at the put in. Once done, please move your vehicle and craft for others to unload.

Take-Out --> Stop or Take out at Fishback Landing to unload your trash to the dumpster.
There will be volunteers to help, and they will be handing out FREE BEER tickets for participating! 
        Rafters, take out at Fishback!
        Kayakers and other light boats, take out at Fishback or float down 1 mile to Cuernavaca Park.

Shuttle & Parking Information:

PLEASE Car-Pool!  Parking WILL be a problem. There are lots of park-and-rides throughout the city. The closest one is at Federal off the W-Line light rail. Use our Facebook event page to find a car-pool buddy!

Complimentary shuttles from 11am-12pm will be provided by GeoTours, Valley Subaru, and other volunteers.  They will be picking up at 2 locations: Fishback Landing and Cuernavaca Park:

     Rafters, park at Fishback Landing or at the Aquarium for $7.
      Kayakers, duckies, other small carry-worthy craft, park at Cuernavaca Park

We recommend you to meet up at the put-in off Florida Ave, drop off your gear and friends, then drive down to park your car at Fishback Landing or Cuernavaca Park, and finally take a shuttle back up.

After Party: Join us for food and beer at Denver Beer Company from 5-8pm!

***Share your photo’s on facebook South Platte River Cleanup Event site #SPRCleanup16 to have a chance to win the scavenger hunt competition. Winners will be announced at the After Party!

We will have a private room reserved for SPRC participants.  Local food trucks will be on site, while we share photos and swap stories from the day over a variety of beers, and refuel after a great day giving back to the river.

Information: Trash bags, trash pick-up sticks, and gloves will be provided. 

Last year, we saw over 200 rafters, kayakers, cyclists and pedestrians that successfully removed over 2 TONS of garbage from the river and bike path.  The event garnered local and regional media coverage. Please join us this year, and help us clean-up the South Platte River!

 Colorado Whitewater is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  1312 17th St #76767, Denver, CO 80202

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