River Integration

The River Integration project is designed to connect Hudson Gardens and its visitors with the Mary Carter Greenway Trail (‘Trail’) and its users. The goals of the project are to broaden the experiences of Trail users and increase public visitation to Hudson Gardens. The project was identified as a “quick win” in the South Platte River Corridor Vision Report (2013) and as a priority in Hudson Gardens’ ten-year facility master plan (2014).  A survey of Trail users and garden visitors revealed strong community support for the project, and a multi-phase project master plan for River Integration was completed in 2014. The improvements outlined in the master plan include:


  • Phase I: A parking lot and trail that provides direct access between South Santa Fe Drive and the Trail, more direct connections between Hudson Gardens’ main entrance and its Trail entrance, and a redesigned entry point to Hudson Gardens from the Trail. The new entryway will feature a gathering area with amenities such as bench seating, shade, additional bike racks, improved picnicking facilities, public art, and planting beds. The design for Phase I can be viewed here.
  • Phase II: Improvements to the western edge of the property including landscaping and beautification, new access points to and from the Trail, and the creation of new exhibits and amenities including nature play elements.   

Construction for the first phase of the project is anticipated to begin in early 2019 and be completed by June 2019. Planning for Phase II began in 2018.


The River Integration project is generously supported by contributions from Arapahoe County Open Space, the City of Littleton, South Suburban Parks & Recreation, and the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.


For more information, contact info@hudsongardens.org or (303) 797-8565.



Artist's rendering of the future Mary Carter Greenway Trail entrance to Hudson Gardens. 
Illustration by: Stream Design, LLC