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A few dozen walkers, cyclists and kids on the playground added up to a typical weekend scene at deKoevend Park and the High Line Canal Trail that runs along the park’s edge.

Aside from some face coverings and a sign along the trail that encouraged staying 6 feet apart, the west Centennial park — like others in the metro area — remained a refuge from the visible changes the pandemic has brought to local communities.

“It’s a great community amenity,” George Weaver, a former director of community development for Greenwood Village, said of the canal trail on Sept. 20.

George and Kathie Weaver, Centennial residents, often walk the local trails including the High Line Canal. They once walked the canal in different segments from the Roxborough Park area to the east Denver area over a summer, Kathie Weaver said.

“It’s a chance to get closer to nature without having to drive at all,” Kathie Weaver said of the canal.

The High Line Canal Conservancy, a nonprofit that works to preserve the canal, put on a 71-day “Walk For The Canal” challenge starting Aug. 1 to get active along the canal while raising funds to plant trees and enhance it, according to an Arapahoe County news release. The canal is 71 miles long and runs through several Denver-area municipalities. The challenge ends Oct. 10.

Register to get involved here.