The Mary Carter Greenway is an eight-mile paved trail that lies along the South Platte River, beginning near West Hampden Avenue in Englewood and terminating at Chatfield State Park in Littleton. Each year, the Greenway is enjoyed by nearly 600,000 cyclists, pedestrians, anglers, whitewater recreators, wildlife observers, and photographers. Named for Mary Carter, the former leader of the South Suburban Park Foundation, the Greenway is part of the 270-mile Front Range Trail System, providing connections to many recreational destinations within the Denver metropolitan region.
A secondary entrance to Hudson Gardens is located along the Greenway. Featuring Nixon’s Coffee House, a shaded picnic structure, movable tables and chairs, a bike repair station, restrooms, and a water fountain, the entrance and surrounding area serve as a popular gathering place for Greenway users and garden visitors. The area will undergo extensive renovation and improvement beginning in fall 2017 as part of the River Integration project, and will reopen in summer 2018.