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Pickleball

Pickleball Open HousePickleball Open House

Interested in learning more about the fast-growing sport of Pickleball? Curious about all those mini-tennis courts at Marshdale and Wulf? Then join us for EPRD's Pickleball Open House for new players on Saturday, January 21 from 1 - 3 PM at Wulf Rec Center. It’s free!

   •   Learn about the game, rules, equipment, etc.
   •   Instruction provided by Evergreen Pickleball Club
   •   Open to all ages, families welcome
   •   Refreshments provided


Free Community Event

Community Appreciation AdFree Community Skating Party

Evergreen Park & Recreation District (EPRD) and the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce invite the community to a free Community Skating Party at Evergreen Lake House on Friday, January 27, from 3 - 8 PM. We appreciate you and we want to thank you for supporting recreation, our local businesses and our mountain way of life.

The event features free skating and skate rentals (rentals are limited -- bring skates if you have them).

Visit the Chamber table and get a coupon for free hot chocolate! The concession stand will be open with snacks to purchase. Evergreen Ice Melt tickets will also be available to purchase from Mountain Foothills Rotary members.

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.

North Trail Update

GOCOEvergreen Lake North Trail Update

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 Trail Closure Mapprocess 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.

Funding Efforts
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
       walkers.

Engineering Study
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.

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.