DENVER (CBS4) – Denver is getting more than $350,000 for projects to help clean up the South Platte River.
The Environmental Protection Agency and Mayor Michael Hancock made the announcement on Friday.
The bulk of the funds will go toward restoration work on the river to reduce erosion and runoff. It will benefit Denver’s Sun Valley neighborhood, the area along the river between Sports Authority Field at Mile High and West 6th Avenue known as one of the poorer areas in the city.
“It doesn’t matter what class or economic station you are in life, you deserve to have a place that you are proud … you deserve to have a place that you are proud of,” Hancock said. “We are going to transform Sun Valley without question.”
Denver is one of seven U.S. cities that got the grant. It was given to areas that are committed to revitalizing urban waterways.