News, Events & Announcements

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

A portion of the Evergreen Lake Trail remains closed due to unstable conditions. We appreciate everyone’s help to please stay off the closed section of the trail and off Highway 74, and to use the southwest trail system instead. The solution requires the securing of funds and coordination of a number of local and state organizations and agencies.

EPRD has applied for the following outside funding assistance to help address both short and long term solutions:
   •   Division of Local Affairs Assistance: $25,000 funding request to assist in the geotechnical, civil, geometric, drainage, and structural engineering analysis to recommend short-term solutions to stabilize the site and long-term solutions to provide multimodal transportation system for the area. Evergreen Metropolitan District is also contributing $12,500 to the preliminary engineering study. (EPRD secured the DOLA funding as of October 2016.)
   •   Great Outdoors Colorado Connect Initiative Trail Planning Grant: $100,000 grant request to assist in the preliminary engineering study (mentioned above) and the planning process for the lower portion of a two-track system. (Notification from GOCO is anticipated to be in December 2016.)
   •   CDOT’s Transportation Alternatives Program Grant: $199,500 grant request for final design and engineering of a multi-modal transportation system that will improve the damaged portion and hopefully improve the trail to better accommodate both cyclists and walkers. (Notification from TAP is anticipated to be in November/December 2016.)

Project updates are provided to the EPRD Board of Directors during the monthly board meetings. Click here to see schedule of meetings and meeting minutes.