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Let's DOO It! Campaign

Lets Doo ItLet's DOO It! EPRD Promotes Dog Waste Disposal

Evergreen Park & Rec District is joining Jeffco Open Space and Lakewood Parks to encourage people to clean up after their pets through the “Let’s DOO It!” educational campaign.

Here’s why:
   •   Poop smells bad, ruins the experience of other park visitors, and is a terrible waste of scenery!
   •   Dog waste doesn’t break down like wild animal waste. Left alone, it fouls the water and land.
   •   Dog waste can contain such harmful organisms as E. coli, giardia, salmonella, roundworms, hookworms and cryptosporidium, which can be passed on to people and other pets.

So the “Let DOO It!” campaign has been launched, with “Let’s DOO It!” magnets on trashcans, signs at trailheads, social media posts, Smelly Facts cards, and in-person visitor engagement. Jeffco Open Space interns have even created a short video (below) to encourage people to clean up after pets. EPRD parks employees will be handing out plastic bag containers shaped like dog bones, which can be attached to leashes for easy access. Learn more.

Click here to take the pledge now.

Evergreen Lake Trail Closures

Trail Closure Map

Evergreen Lake Trail Closed for Safety

The north side of Evergreen Lake Trail is closed between Upper Bear Creek and the Evergreen Dam due to unstable conditions. In the interest of safety, please stay off the trail, and use the alternative trail on the south side of Evergreen Lake.

Evergreen Park & Recreation District (EPRD) is working with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Evergreen Metropolitan District (EMD) and the City and County of Denver to develop a long-term solution to the problem, which was created by drainage issues that have weakened a 30-year-old bin-type retaining wall between the Evergreen Lake Trail and Highway 74. The repairs will need to be organized in cooperation with these governing entities, so the time frame to reopen the trail has yet to be determined.

We appreciate the public's cooperation and apologize for the inconvenience, and want to emphasize that public safety is EPRD's paramount concern. These images illustrate the problem:
Trail Damage
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


Survey Results

Public Opinion Strategies recently completed a survey to gauge District residents’ support for potential ballot measures to expand recreational facilities and continue to ensure a quality recreation experience for residents of all ages. The survey results show that while people favor the idea of improving Buchanan Park Recreation Center, there is a mixed reaction to paying taxes to fund it. Read the survey results.