What was once the Arapahoe Greenway Trail was renamed in the mid-'90s for Mary Hampton Carter, who as mayor of Bow Mar in the '70s also took over leadership of the South Suburban Park Foundation, helping the organization pave the way for more trails and greenways in the area. Her namesake eight-mile, multi-use path winds through the southern suburbs along the tree-lined South Platte River, between West Dartmouth Avenue in Englewood and Viable Road in Chatfield State Park. Not only does it exemplify the best of urban bike corridors — the foundation stays on top of improvements, recently cutting the number of signs along the trail in half to put in better ones that were more easily understood, adding more parking en route and upgrading crushed-gravel spurs — but it also connects other trails in the Denver metro greenway system, including the South Platte River Trail, the Bear Creek Trail and the C-470 Bikeway. On any given day, you'll find commuters, families, dog-walkers, rollerbladers, you name it. Thanks, Mary.
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