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News, Events & Announcements
“Let’s DOO It” Clean-Up Day
Evergreen Park & Recreation District is holding a clean-up event at Alderfer/Three Sisters Park, from 9-11 AM on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.
The event coincides with clean-up events at three other Jeffco Parks as local agencies celebrate the 24th annual National Public Lands Day, a volunteer effort aimed at preserving and protecting our public lands. This special day provides an opportunity to engage park visitors around a very important issue in their parks: dog waste and trash.
EPRD will provide bagels, orange juice and water to volunteers beginning at 8:30 AM. Please sign up in advance register here (it's free).
This effort fits into the “Let’s Doo It!” campaign that kicked off in 2016 and is led by Jeffco Open Space, the City of Lakewood, Foothills Park & Recreation District and Evergreen Park & Recreation District. This campaign promotes picking up and disposing of dog doo through collective action. Outreach related to “Let’s Doo It!” includes videos, social media messages, trailhead signs, dog waste bags, magnets on city vehicles and an online pledge to pick up dog waste. Learn more at the new “Let’s Doo It!” website.
The other events being held that day include:
• Elk Meadow Park, Jeffco Open Space
• Forsberg Iron Springs Park, City of Lakewood
• Harriman Lake Park, Foothills Park & Recreation District
• 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.
For updates on the trail, click here (most recent first). Evergreen Park & Recreation District has been awarded a $100,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to support completing an engineering analysis, feasibility study and planning process to create an accessible trail on the north side of Evergreen Lake.
A portion of the Evergreen Lake Trail between Upper Bear Creek Road and Evergreen Dam has been closed since spring 2016 due to unstable conditions. The solution requires the securing of funds and coordination of a number of local and state organizations and agencies.
EPRD and other stakeholders involved are looking at the possible creation of a multimodal system to accommodate the growing number of trail users, with an ADA-compliant pedestrian boardwalk along the water's edge featuring push-outs for fishing and wildlife viewing, and a paved bicycle segment alongside Highway 74 on the north side of Evergreen Lake.
"The Evergreen North Lake Trail Planning Project provides vital infrastructure to local residents and the thousands of people who visit Evergreen each year. Whether they are strolling, hiking, riding a bike, pushing a stroller or propelling a wheelchair, this trail is a crucial link in the heart of our mountain community," says EPRD Executive Director Ellen O'Connor. "We are grateful to GOCO for investing in EPRD efforts to repair, and in fact enhance the north trail."
The grant was part of GOCO's new Connect Initiative trail planning grant program, which provides funding for trail projects for design engineering and master planning to help them get shovel-ready for construction grants also offered through the Connect Initiative.
Over the last four months, EPRD has amassed more than $400,000 to use toward both short- and long-term solutions to improve the North Lake Trail, including EPRD matching funds. The first step, which is already underway, will be to assess current conditions and develop feasible repairs that could allow the trail to be reopened as soon as possible.
The GOCO funds will be added to previous awards EPRD has secured:
• $25,000 from the Colorado Division of Local Affairs (DOLA) 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 for a multimodal transportation system
• $12,500 from Evergreen Metropolitan District for the preliminary engineering study
• $199,500 from the Colorado Department of Transportation's Transportation Alternatives
Program for final design and engineering of a multi-modal transportation system that will
improve the damaged portion and improve the trail to better accommodate both cyclists and
The preliminary engineering study will include geotechnical, civil, geometric, drainage and structural engineering analysis to assess existing conditions. It will then make recommendations for short-term repair alternatives to stabilize the site and long-term improvement alternatives to provide a multimodal transportation system. The study will also make initial planning and design recommendations for the new trail. The TAP grant funds will then be used to complete design and ascertain construction specifications.
The GOCO grant will ensure EPRD can move forward with this highly-demanded but complex, multi-jurisdictional project between Denver Mountain Parks, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Evergreen Metropolitan District, Jefferson County and EPRD. The District aims to complete the planning process by early 2018.
July/August 2017 Update:
Muller Engineering completed the Preliminary Engineering Study in late June. The findings of the report produced (i) a detailed geotechnical, civil, geometric, drainage and structural engineering analysis for the project site; (ii) short-term recommendations to stabilize the site (but not reopen the trail); and (iii) two preliminary alternatives for long-term solutions to provide a multimodal recreation and transportation system for the project area.
As briefly noted above, Muller Engineering’s report does not recommend a temporary trail repair to reopen the closed portion of the Evergreen Lake North Trail for user access. Their conclusion is based on their view that to reopen the trail, a few issues would have to be addressed immediately, including:
• Repair of the failed bin wall facing;
• Repair of the failing bin wall connections; and
• Installation of a new railing along the entire length of the wall that meets ASHTO requirements.
According to Muller, fixing these items would be expensive, time consuming, and disruptive to vehicle traffic. In addition, in Muller’s opinion none of these items would be a quick fix to the underlying trail stability issues, nor would they lend themselves well for incorporation into a future project.
Moving forward into Phase II, Planning Process to Preliminary Design, EPRD desires to study both of Muller's proposed long term alternatives, as well as other possible means to create multimodal recreation and transportation opportunities at the project site.
June 2017 Update:
On June 5, 2017 Muller Engineering presented a DRAFT of their Preliminary Engineering Study to the EPRD Board of Directors. The Engineering Study will include design criteria, existing site data, recommendations on short-term mitigation measures, temporary trail repairs, long-term solution alternatives, and cost estimates. We anticipate the Engineering Study Report will be finalized by the end of June.
During the presentation, Muller Engineering addressed the possibility of performing repairs to the existing bin wall in order to be able to reopen the trail. Muller has indicated that its Engineering Study will not recommend a temporary trail repair to reopen the North Trail for user access. This recommendation is based on Muller’s assessment of current conditions, the expense, complexity, time involved, and traffic disruption of constructing such repairs, and the fact that such temporary repairs would be difficult to incorporate into future long-term solutions for the North Trail.
Instead, Muller will recommend a more long-term solution for the North Trail. One such solution would be a dedicated bike path and separate pedestrian path. Their preliminary budget estimate for this option was approximately $3 million, including survey, environmental, geotechnical, trail design, structural design and construction. The preliminary cost estimate for a second option, a combined multi-use path, was approximately $2.75M. These cost estimates are subject to change after further evaluation of engineering and design criteria, as well as traffic control and environmental compliance measures, which EPRD plans (and has received grants) to conduct to follow-up on this Preliminary Engineering Study.
The Preliminary Engineering Study is anticipated to be finalized by the end of June. EPRD will then begin the Planning Process to Preliminary Design (Phase II). This Phase will vet alternatives to the public and align stakeholders to move forward together toward preliminary design. Subsequently, the last planning step for the long-term, multimodal system will be the North Lake Trail Final Design & Engineering Project (Phase III).
We will update this site with more details about Muller’s conclusions and recommendations once their Engineering Study is finalized. We appreciate the community’s ongoing support and interest in this important project.
April/May 2017 Update:
Soil boring was successfully completed on March 22, 2017. The geotechnical engineer’s materials testing laboratory are currently analyzing them.
A field visit and data collection effort was performed on April 13, 2017. Measurements of wall characteristics were collected to aid in the development of short and long-term alternatives. EPRD’s Preliminary Engineering Study/Phase I contractor, Muller Engineering Company, continues to keep other stakeholders such as Evergreen Metropolitan District and CDOT involved and informed through their process.
Phase I is scheduled to be completed by the end of May 2017. Following completion of Phase I, EPRD will begin the Planning Process to Preliminary Design (Phase II). This Phase will vet alternatives to the public and align stakeholders to move forward together toward preliminary design. Subsequently, the last planning step for the long-term, multimodal system will be the North Lake Trail The Final Design & Engineering Project (Phase III).
March 2017 Update:
Permits for the soil borings have been obtained for the Preliminary Engineering Study. The on-site testing is planned to occur the week of March 20, 2017 between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM or after 7 PM. Traffic may be impacted during those hours, as the eastbound lane of SH 74 will be closed during work activities. We appreciate your patience during this process.
January 2017 Update:
EPRD has selected Muller Engineering Company to conduct the preliminary engineering study and the contract will be executed in the next week or two. This study will be partially funded by a $25,000 grant from the Department of Local Affairs, along with contributions from EPRD and Evergreen Metropolitan District, and we anticipate its completion in May 2017.
The next step will be a Trail Planning Project to Preliminary Design for the pedestrian element of the recommended multimodal system. The Planning Project will be funded by a $100,000 trail planning grant from GOCO, and leverages the preliminary engineering study discussed above, funded by DOLA, EPRD and Evergreen Metropolitan District. The planning process is anticipated to begin in May 2017 and to be completed in late fall 2017.
Once a long-term multimodal system is preliminarily designed and planned, the last step will be to move forward to final design and engineering for the long-term, multimodal system for the North Lake Trail. This Final Design & Engineering project is planned to begin in CDOT’s FY2018.
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.