An Introduction to the Foundation

The mission of the Stapleton Foundation is to advocate, sustain, and realize the principles of the 1995 Stapleton Development Plan, more commonly referred to as “The Green Book.” Working with others, we will strive to create a community that is seamlessly connected to surrounding neighborhoods, as well as a community that becomes a sustainable model in education, employment, open space, housing, diversity, and sustainable development.


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead


Beginnings of an Idea To Change Denver’s World

In the early 1990s, just such a small group of thoughtful people started thinking about the same thing. Led by a visionary named Sam Gary, though he would probably never claim leadership, they all started thinking about this:

What happens to seven square miles of runways, prairie, weeds, tons of leaked jet fuel and noxious chemicals, a control tower and one used, fairly out-of-date airport when the new airport opens?


The Stapleton Development Plan — “The Green Book”

In 2015, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Stapleton Development Plan, fondly known as “The Green Book.” This is the seminal document that envisioned what could and should happen to those 7 square miles of the former Stapleton Airport.

Explore this site to learn more about how that small group of people, and later a much larger one, brought an incredible idea to life, the objectives set and progress made, and what the Stapleton Foundation is doing now.


“The Stapleton site will be a network of urban villages, employment centers and significant open spaces, all linked by a commitment to the protection of natural resources and the development of human resources.” Section 1, Page 3, The Green Book