Evergreen Lake North Trail Project
The Evergreen Lake North Trail Project was created in response to the Spring 2016 closure of the trail along State Highway 74 on the north side of Evergreen Lake between Upper Bear Creek Road and Evergreen Dam. The trail system is located on property owned by the City and County of Denver (CCD) and managed by the Evergreen Park & Recreation District (EPRD). The project's goal is to work with the community, stakeholders and funders to develop a long-term solution for the Evergreen Lake North Trail. Improvements to this trail segment were recommended by the 2015 Evergreen Trails Master Plan.
In recent years, sections of the steel bin wall have failed due to drainage, structural, and surface issues in the project area. In late April 2016, after heavy spring snowfalls and runoff from the spring thaw, a significant failure of several sections of the trail occurred and posed safety issues to trail users. Therefore, a portion of the trail was closed in late April 2016 and a process began to determine the exact nature of the failures, identify potential solutions to them, and develop a vision for moving forward.
Update 9-2021: We are making progress! The final design for this project is now complete. All state and federal historic and environmental reviews have been completed. The traffic control plan has also been approved. The project is expected to go to bid for a contractor in mid-late September 2021 and a contractor selected by November 2021. We are planning for construction to begin in the first half of 2022. This will affect traffic on Hwy 74 around the lake and residents can expect lane closures and rerouting for approximately four months from February through May 2022. The entire project is expected to take eight months. Due to additional increases in materials, EPRD is seeking additional grant funds to help with this project as the estimate is now $4.1 million for the project. To date, EPRD has secured over $3.7 in grants and matching contributions to pay for this project. EPRD is planning to have 2-3 community meetings in December/January to discuss the construction timelines that will take place.
2021: Evergreen Park & Recreation District (EPRD) in conjunction with Evergreen Metropolitan District (EMD) finished in April a temporary repair for 6 sections of the Evergreen Lake North Trail which had been deteriorating over the years. These are completely different sections from the ones temporarily repaired in 2017. These repairs will protect the main water line for Evergreen residents that runs beneath the trail/road and allow for the trail to be opened for recreation.
EPRD has been working with EMD, City and County of Denver, CDOT, and Jefferson County on a permanent, long-term improvement for the Evergreen Lake North Trail system since 2016. We currently are in the final design stage for the multi-purpose upper trail and a new lower trail, which we expect to wrap up in summer 2021. Construction on the trail improvement and permanent solution is anticipated for summer 2022. This has been a lengthy process and required EPRD to secure over $3.7 million in funding - primarily in grants and matching contributions in order to pay for trail improvement and repairs. The project’s goal is to not only repair the trail and protect the water line, but also improve the experience for all users of the trail for generations to come. EPRD is grateful to its local partners, Evergreen Metro District, and Evergreen Legacy Fund, for their contributions toward the project, and also to the entire Evergreen community for its patience through this major undertaking.
2020: During 2020 we finalized the design for both the upper and lower trails. Final design reviews will occur in early 2021 to stay on track for an anticipated summer 2022 construction schedule.
2019: Initiated the last phase of planning for Phase 3 final design and engineering of trail's long-term solution. Continued collaborative process with CCD, CDOT, Evergreen Metropolitan District, and Jefferson County. Filed grant applications and raised funds for construction of the long-term trail improvement recommended in the Phase 2 Planning Study.
2018: OV Consulting conducted a planning study to develop a community-supported vision for the long-term trail solution. Two community meetings were held in 2018 (January and May) to help develop trail alternatives for the long-term solution. The Phase 2 Planning Study Final Report was completed in September 2018.
2017: Closed portion of the Evergreen Lake North trail was reopened for public use. The trail maintenance and repairs conducted to reopen the trail are not intended to be a long-term solution. The trail may be closed for periods of time if repairs or improvements are warranted in the future. Phase 1 Preliminary Engineering Study was conducted by Muller Engineering Company to develop baseline information and conduct geotechnical, civil, geometric, drainage, and structural engineering analysis.
2016: In April 2016, the Evergreen Lake Trail was closed by Evergreen Park & Recreation District due to unstable conditions. EPRD amassed more than $400,000 to repair the trail in the short-term and design a trail improvement for the long-term.
- Evergreen Lake North Trail Phase 2: Planning Study 2018 (PDF)
- Phase 1 Preliminary Engineering Study (PDF)
- Evergreen Trails Master Plan 2015 (PDF)