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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 or 720-880-1011.

Evergreen Pond Hockey Championship

EPRD Pond HockeyAttention, Ice Hockey Players: Registration is Open for Evergreen Pond Hockey Championship Online registration is open for the best pond hockey tournament in the state -- the 5th annual Evergreen Pond Hockey Championship, played on the world's largest Zamboni-groomed outdoor ice rink on Evergreen Lake.

The 2015 tournament, organized by Evergreen Park & Recreation District (EPRD) and Presenting Sponsor Tivoli Beer, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, January 3 and 4, on the 8.5-acre rink at Evergreen Lake Park, 24612 Upper Bear Creek in Evergreen. MAP

Evergreen Lake has been declared one of the "Top 10 Skating Rinks" by Sunset Magazine. And recognized by CNN Travel on their “10 of the world’s most beautiful ice skating rinks” list.

This year's championship will feature more prizes, more teams, and more excitement than ever before. Teams will compete for a $1,500 cash prize for the champions in the Open Division, plus cash prizes for all divisions.

Registration is $400 for the Open, 35+ Open and Rink Rat Open divisions, $350 for the Rink Rat Amateur Division, and $400 for the new Women's Division. Register online for Evergreen Pond Hockey Championship.

Tournament start is 7 AM each day. Teams will play a minimum of three games each, with two 15-minute periods per game, 4 on 4 (with teams of up to eight members to facilitate player rotation).

Other sponsors include Title Sponsor Beau Jo's, Game Puck Sponsor Da Vinci Realty, Muscle Milk, Evergreen Clothing Company and more.

For more information, contact Evergreen Lake House Supervisor Brad Bednar at or 720-880-1311.

EPRD New Executive Director

Ellen O'ConnorEllen O'Connor, Recreation Manager of Evergreen Park & Recreation District (EPRD), has been selected to be the District's new Executive Director, Board President Peter Lindquist announced on Thursday. O'Connor prevailed over a field of 85 interested candidates.

"Our unanimous decision was based on Ellen's familiarity with the District, her extensive qualifications and the sense that her background was ultimately the most well suited to Evergreen and its constituents," said Lindquist in making the announcement.

The Board interviewed O'Connor and the other two finalists, Mike Moran (Director, Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department, Iowa City, IA) and Seve Ghose (Deputy Director, Willamalane Park and Recreation District, Springfield, OR), at a public meeting this past Tuesday. The three also visited all areas of the District and interacted with staff members.

"I just feel honored and blessed to have this opportunity to serve as EPRD's executive director, and truly appreciate the Board's confidence in me," said O'Connor. "I'm excited to carry forward EPRD's mission to enhance quality of life and make sure our high-quality services and programs remain accessible and affordable for people in this amazing mountain community. This truly is one of the best places in the world to live and work!"

O'Connor has been EPRD's Recreation Manager since Dec. 2008 and has served as Co-Interim Executive Director (with Brad Bednar) since Scott Robson left EPRD to take the helm of the Colorado Mountain Club in September 2014.

Prior to coming to EPRD, O'Connor was Children and Youth Program Supervisor for Foothills Park and Recreation District, Littleton, CO (1998-2008), and Camp and Day Programs Services Administrator for the City of Lakewood Community Resources Park and Recreation (1988-1998). She holds a BA in Elementary and Special Education from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, and an MA in Education from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. She is a graduate of the National Recreation and Park Association Directors School and has completed Park and Recreation Board and Executive Director Training through PInnacle Consulting Group.

O'Connor is a graduate of the Leadership Evergreen program and is on the Board of Directors of the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce, which named her Ambassador of the Year in 2013.