Evergreen Lake House Upcoming Projects and Closure
Update as of Jan 23, 2020
The concrete girders have been installed and they are preparing to pour concrete the week of Jan 27, 2020, weather permitting. The anticipated opening date is still early-mid February. EPRD has been grooming the ice and training staff so we are ready to open as soon as construction on the entrance bridge is complete. The Evergreen Pond Hockey Championship will take place as scheduled based on a solution that was developed by all parties including Evergreen Fire Rescue.
Update as of January 10, 2020
As we hope you have noticed, Myers & Sons Construction has been working vigorously including late hours and weekends to make up for weather delays to get the entrance bridge completed as soon as possible. The abutments have been poured and inspected and next steps include removing the wood forms and beginning the back-fill. Then, they will install the pre-fabricated concrete girders and start preparing for the concrete deck pour. City and County of Denver is now anticipating an early-mid February completion date due to some weather-related issues. We are working to develop a possible solution so the Evergreen Pond Hockey Championship can still take place for participants. We will continue to update as more information becomes available.
Update as of December 23, 2019
The construction company, Myers & Sons, has been working diligently on the entrance bridge replacement project. While they are approximately a week behind due to weather, they have made considerable progress on all project milestones. They are currently forming the frame for the abutments and plan to pour concrete soon after the holidays. City and County of Denver is still working towards a mid-late January completion date, weather dependent. Evergreen Park & Recreation District is working on forming the ice rinks so ice skating/hockey can open as soon as the construction is done.
Update as of October 22, 2019
We are excited to learn the entrance bridge replacement project is getting started. City and County of Denver (CCD) has informed EPRD and EMD that the contractor plans to install preliminary traffic control signs and erosion control practices beginning Monday, Oct. 28 with the demo of the bridge beginning the week of Nov 4th. Starting Nov 4th, you will not have access to parking at the Evergreen Lake House. You will still be able to access the trail through various points around the lake. Dates and times for the project are subject to change and are weather permitting. At this time, we still do not know what events will be affected or when ice skating will open. We will continue to update this site as information is provided to us.
Update as of October 17, 2019
We are getting ready to start on the ADA restroom update at Evergreen Lake House. This project will start Thursday, October 17 and is expected to take 5 to 6 weeks to complete. There will be no access to the restrooms inside the Lake House during this project, but patrons are still able to access the outdoor restrooms, trail and park.
Update as of September 27, 2019
The concrete maintenance and repair project at Evergreen Lake House has been completed. Access to the Lake House building, surrounding deck, and parking area is now available. We still have two major projects coming up - ADA restroom renovation and the entrance bridge replacement project. When we have finalized timelines for these projects, we will update this page.
Update as of September 20, 2019
The concrete maintenance and repair project at the Evergreen Lake House will begin on Monday, September 23, and should be completed by Monday, September 30, weather permitting. The repairs are being completed around the Lake House building, so to ensure public safety, there will be no access to the Lake House building and surrounding deck areas. Parking areas will also be limited during this project. We appreciate your support and apologize for any inconvenience. If you have specific questions regarding this project, please contact Bob Schmitz, Facility Operations Manager at 720-880-1113. Please check our website for updates.
Update as of August 24, 2019
As many may know, City and County of Denver (CCD) owns the land (Dedisse Park) where Evergreen Lake resides. Evergreen Metropolitan District (EMD) owns the water rights to Evergreen Lake and Evergreen Park & Recreation District (EPRD) manages the lake recreational activities. Prior to the closure of Evergreen Lake, CCD had made arrangements to have a paddleboard program on the lake on Friday, August 23. CCD was informed of the closure for precautions of possible pollutants; however, CCD has decided to continue the program. The paddleboards will be under the control and supervision of CCD and they will be responsible to provide proper documentation to EMD the vessels have been checked prior to launch. While EMD has given special permission to CCD since they own the land, private boating is still not allowed as there is not staff to do inspections as EPRD boating operations ended on August 11.
If you have questions regarding CCD’s usage of Evergreen Lake, please contact Cyndi Karvaski, City and County of Denver’s Public Information Officer. Her number is 720-913-0620.
Update as of August 23, 2019
As many of you are aware, Evergreen Metropolitan District (EMD) along with Evergreen Park & Recreation District (EPRD) decided to close Evergreen Lake to all private boating as of Saturday, August 17, 2019. It was a decision made in the interest of protecting the water supply most of us rely on in the Evergreen area. There have been numerous news reports of lakes throughout Colorado being closed due to blue-green algae or other invasive species/pollutants. The abrupt closure of private watercrafts of any kind was done as a precautionary measure to hopefully avoid having the same problem at Evergreen Lake. Any individual could bring their watercraft that had been in another body of water and unknowingly bring an invasive species. Once the zebra mussels, blue-green algae, or any other Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) takes hold, it can do significant damage. While recreational activities on the lake are something many of us enjoy, the safety of our water will always take precedence. Evergreen Lake is always subject to closure at any time if EMD feels the water quality or lake depths are at risk.
A few comments have been made about this decision that we would like to address. First, EPRD did train employees to look for invasive species on private boats brought to the lake this year. Employees were instructed to inspect boats at check-in. Since boating operations are closed and the majority of staff have gone back to school, this can’t be monitored. Hence, the risk increased for individuals bring invasive species to our lake unintentionally.
The closure of private boating is not related to the boating passes sold as the passes were only valid for the times EPRD boating operations were open and the season ended Aug 11. EPRD had stated in many places such as the website and recreation guide that the boating season was ending on Aug 11 due to projects being planned at the Lake House, especially the entrance bridge replacement.
EPRD and EMD will continue to work together to update the community as needed. We don’t know if there will be permanent changes going forward. Both organizations are striving to allow recreational activities on Evergreen Lake while also keeping the water safe for all.
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Update as of August 16, 2019
Evergreen Lake House boating operations are closed for the season. Evergreen Park & Recreation District (EPRD) is getting ready for several lake projects such as the ADA restroom renovation, telecommunications project, concrete maintenance & repair and the entrance bridge replacement project. EPRD and Evergreen Metropolitan District (EMD) are working with the City and County of Denver (CCD) on the bridge replacement project which will begin in September and be overseen by CCD. We are waiting for the construction schedule, so exact dates are not yet available. EPRD will update our website as information becomes available.
NO private boating/watercraft of any kind is allowed effective August 17, 2019 due to concerns of invasive species such as zebra mussels and blue-green algaes on private watercrafts. Evergreen Lake is a main water supply for the Evergreen area, so precautions are being imposed to safeguard against these contaminations. While boating operations are closed, you can still access and enjoy the Evergreen Lake Trail and fishing from appropriate areas along the trail.