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Candlelight Vigil for Fallen Kiwanis Member Sunday Night

A candlelight tribute to fallen Kiwanis member Greg Henika will be held at 6 PM on Sunday on the football field at Evergreen High School, where Henika taught special education for 30 years. Please join us in honoring a true community hero.

The vigil is being organized by Blue Spruce Kiwanis and Evergreen Park & Recreation District (EPRD) to honor the beloved community volunteer who fell through the ice in Evergreen Lake and drowned while preparing for the Evergreen Ice Golf Tournament.

People are urged to carpool and to arrive early for the vigil, as traffic can be difficult on Buffalo Park Road. Parking will be available at Evergreen High School, Wulf Recreation Center and Wilmot Elementary School. EHS is located at 29300 Buffalo Park Road in Evergreen.

Please bring your own candles or light-up electronic devices, and be aware that restroom facilities will be very limited. 

Greg founded the Ice Golf Tournament five years ago to benefit developmentally disabled adults through the Kiwanis's Aktion Club. Community members will have the opportunity, at the request of Henika's family, to make donations at the event to Henika's favorite causes, The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis' global campaign that aims to eliminate neonatal tetanus, and the Aktion Club, Kiwanis's local program for adults with disabilities. People can also mail checks (made out to the Blue Spruce Kiwanis Foundation) to Kiwanis at P.O. Box 1153, Evergreen, CO 80437. Checks should have "Eliminate Project," "Aktion Club" or "Greg" written in the memo field. 

Message from EPRD Executive Director Ellen O'Connor
It is with a heavy heart that I share that Greg Henika, a Blue Spruce Kiwanis leader who founded the Evergreen Ice Golf Tournament, passed away today after a tragic accident on Evergreen Lake.

The all-terrain vehicle he was driving to groom the ice for the 5th annual tournament broke through the ice and tumbled into Evergreen Lake. Despite heroic efforts by Evergreen Fire Rescue, aided by West Metro divers and a helicopter rescue team, Greg passed away this afternoon.

Here at EPRD, we are just heartbroken. We truly considered Greg one of our own. He volunteered for countless community events and was the go-to guy when you needed something done. I considered him a dear friend, and he was a loyal supporter of mine. Greg's passion and drive to serve the community, especially developmentally disabled adults through the Aktion Club, were truly inspiring.

Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones, and to members of Blue Spruce Kiwanis and the Aktion Club. Our only consolation is the knowledge that Greg passed away while doing the thing he loved. It's a sad, sad day for everyone.

We have cancelled the Ice Golf Tournament, and are investigating the incident. We'd like to express our gratitude to Evergreen Fire Rescue, West Metro Fire's Dive Team and the Jeffco Sheriff's Department for their efforts and assistance during this tragic event.

Buchanan Park Feasibility Study Survey

BPRC Small WHAT'S YOUR OPINION on Buchanan Park Rec Center Expansion?
Take a 2-Minute Survey to Give Feedback on Buchanan's Future
EPRD wants your opinion on a possible expansion of Buchanan Park Rec Center.

It's part of an ongoing feasibility study being conducted to determine how Buchanan should be expanded to meet the community's needs in coming years. Sketches for proposed improvements, and the cost in annual taxes for each option, are on display at Buchanan and below.

Options under consideration, gathered from results of a 2013 community survey, include improvements to aquatic amenities, a gymnasium, indoor turf field and running track, and fitness classrooms.

Sink Combs Dethlefs is the architectural firm that EPRD contracted to complete a Feasibility Study about potential rec center improvements.

Take the survey here.
(Or print out a copy and drop it off at either Buchanan or Wulf Rec Centers)

Plans for Upper Level
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Buchanan Feasibility-Upper Level Plan
Plans for Lower Level
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Buchanan Feasibility-Lower Level Plan

Buchanan Park Recreation Center is located at 32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen.

For more information, contact Ellen O'Connor, EPRD's Executive Director at eoconnor@eprd.co or 720-880-1011.