Human waste, pest activity, unsanitary conditions, and garbage has lead to the second closure of an outdoor recreation area in Denver, Colorado.

According to a press release from Sand Creek Regional Greenway, the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) issued the temporary closure of Sand Creek Regional Greenway from the Commerce City Line to Quebec Street on Wednesday due to unsafe conditions. The closure includes areas as posted and adjacent to 49th Ave, 47th Ave, Sand Creek Drive, Quebec Street, I-270, and I-70.

A report from Fox31 Denver also mentions concerns over the spread of infectious diseases, pests, and blood-borne illnesses due to waste droppings left behind by “long-term campers” in the urban area.

Map from Denver Department of Health & Environment

While a specific date for when the trail will reopen has not yet been released, it’s estimated that closure will take up to several weeks to fully assess and clean up the area.

Sandy Creek Regional Greenway is a public greenway that connects the High Line Canal in Aurora at Colfax Avenue with the South Platte River Greenway in Commerce City. The 14-mile trail passes through northeast Denver and the Stapleton community. Here’s a look at where it’s located on the map.

Fox31 Denver spoke with a camper named Yeti who described how he enjoyed living on the land with the exception of the extremely cold temperatures. Watch the full video below from Fox 31 Denver.

The press release also states that parts of Greenway (from Quebec to Central Park bridge) has been closed for a large flood mitigation construction project since June.

This isn’t the first of outdoor recreation closures for the Denver area either. In January, Lincoln Memorial Park was shut down for several weeks due to a rat infestation and excessive human waste.



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