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Posted on: May 2, 2019

Fun Facts- 50th Anniversary

Each week we will present a new "fun fact" of the District.

Week 45: November 5, 2006 was the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of Graham Field (adjacent to Bergen Valley Elementary School). In 2005 David Graham donated over 4 acres of land to the District. Today, Graham Field is used for outdoor recreation fun including soccer and other sports.

Week 44:  In November 1985, the wood floor was installed in Wulf Recreation Center's dance studio. Today you can find various dance class options offered through EPRD, including youth ballet, tap, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary!

Week 43:  The game of volleyball was invented in 1895 in the U.S. and was originally called “mintonette.” The rules have evolved quite a bit from when it was created. EPRD’s first volleyball court was next to the Wilmot Elementary baseball field in 1972 and then volleyball leagues started in the spring of 1976.

Week 42:  EPRD’s first recreation guide in summer of 1969 included archery, baseball, gymnastics, horseback riding, instrumental music, softball, tennis, and square dancing!  A 3.5 hour square dancing class was $1/week.  Activities & programs have progressed a bit since then!

Week 41: EPRD is overseen by 5 Board of Directors that are elected by the District’s eligible residents. Two seats on the board will be up for election in May 2020. Monthly board meetings are typically on the 4th Tuesday of the month – next meeting is Oct 22 at Wulf Recreation Center.

Week 40: The first indoor climbing gym in the U.S. was built in 1987. Indoor climbing has grown in popularity and will be a new sport at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  The climbing wall at BPRC is 41 feet tall and is used by youth and adults alike.  A new adaptive climbing class started this fall!

Week 39:  EPRD & Jeffco School District work together to provide child care and/or recreational activities on school property for the community.  EPRD works with Parmalee, the Bergens, Wilmot, Marshdale, EMS, and EHS through various Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) to provide these services.

Week 38:  Cross-country skiing is the oldest type of skiing and developed as a sport in the 19th century.  EPRD offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking through our Experience Colorado program for individuals 21+ years, so come elevate your life with a great trail activity and get outdoors! 

Week 37: The first time a Special Olympics Swim Meet was held in Evergreen was on February 23, 1980.  

Week 36: Wulf Recreation Center (WRC) was opened in 1973 with an indoor pool, wet locker rooms, offices, and two community rooms.  After several renovations through the years, WRC is now 40,000 square feet  Buchanan Park Recreation Center was opened in 2003 with 29,900 square feet and has never had a major renovation.

Week 35: Did you know many of EPRD’s recreational programs get kids started in a sport which they go on to compete in on the high school or college level?  In fact, we’ve had several athletes in swimming, soccer, basketball, gymnastics, and other sports receive scholarships in their perspective sport.

Week 34: Did you know the land Evergreen Lake House sits on is owned by City and County of Denver (CCD)?  Yes, CCD owns the land, Evergreen Metropolitan District (water district) owns the storage water rights, and EPRD owns the Lake House.   All three entities work together and EPRD manages the recreational opportunities at Evergreen Lake.

Week 33: In 1990, EPRD began leasing the Alderfer Barn and House from Jefferson County Open Space.  Part of the present barn was built after a fire in the early 1890s which burnt most of the original homestead located down by Eddie’s Rock.  The present two-story ranch house was built between 1895 and 1904. In 2016, the Alderfer House and Barn was designated by Jefferson County Historical Commission as a landmark.

Week32: Evy was a character created by the District and was first introduced in Summer 1969.

Week 31: Did you know that since District residents contribute to EPRD through property taxes, they receive a discount to use EPRD facilities and programs which is reflected in our DR/NDR pricing tier.     

Week 30: In 2013 the Community Garden in Buchanan Park was completed with Evergreen Alliance for Sustainability (EAS+Y) and funds from Great Outdoors Colorado.

Week 29: EPRD’s Kids Triathlon held each August started in 2009.  This allows youth (5-10 yrs) to swim, bike, and run around Buchanan Park. This fun, recreational event also raises money for the INSPIRE program.  This year’s Kids Triathlon will be held on Sun, Aug 18.

Week 28: On February 5, 2008, the Evergreen Recreation Center officially became the Wulf Recreation Center in recognition of Richard C. Wulf's significant tenure as the first Executive Director of the District and his significant contributions to the Evergreen community.
Week 27: 
EPRD employs approximately 300 (34 full-time, 265 part-time/seasonal) people in the community, including many of the community's youth. Many are lifeguards, Lake House seasonal staff, child care aides, and sports counselors/officials.
Week 26: 
The Evergreen Lake House has had free summer concerts since 1998. These are held every other Wednesday night. Did you know it takes 100 hours of employee or volunteer time each week to produce these entertaining concerts, along with countless hours in the months prior to organize bands, artwork, sponsors, etc. 

Week 25: The "Warming House" at Evergreen Lake was built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps.  In 1996, a fire seriously damaged the west end of the building.  EPRD remodeled it from 2003-2007 with support from State Historical Fund grants. 

Week 24: Facility visits have grown 27% from 2017 (184,117 visits) to 2018 (234,042 visits).  While the population size may have not changed significantly over the last several years, the usage in the facilities has increased significantly.
Week 23: 
Active4All Evergreen Foundation (A4A) is the charity partner of EPRD. A4A supports EPRD's INSPIRE program, provides rec scholarships for those needing financial assistance and helps with other EPRD-related needs.  In 10 years, over $200K has been reinvested into the community.
Week 22: 
EPRD spends $1,170/month in supplies/chemicals for the two pools at BPRC & WRC.
Week 21: 
In 1991, the District changed its name from Evergreen Metropolitan Recreation and Park District to Evergreen Park & Recreation District.
Week 20: EPRD refinanced their bond debt in 2015 in order to save taxpayers over $1 million dollars.  EPRD strives to spend taxpayer money wisely and looks at ways to save money for the District by applying for grants and being fiscally responsible. 
Week 19:
In 2005 David Graham donated 3.48 acres of land west of Bergen Valley Elementary School to EPRD, which is where Graham Park currently stands.
Week 18: EPRD signed a 99-year lease with Jeffco Open Space in 1986 to build Kittredge Park. This park was recently renovated in 2015.
Week 17: EPRD adult and youth sports programs along with sport user groups had over 1,200 games and 3,200 practices held on fields throughout the District in 2018. We love seeing our fields being used by so many throughout the community!
Week 16: Only 30% of EPRD’s 2018 revenue was derived from taxpayer property taxes. This is about $236/year for a $500k home (assessed value) or about $47.20/year per $100K. This helps cover some expenses for facilities, parks, and amenities EPRD takes care of for the community. The other 70% of revenue is from fees for EPRD programs and activities.
Week 15: EPRD started their Before & After School program in the early 2000’s to help provide childcare and help working parents in the community. Camps are also offered in the summer and during school breaks to keep kids active.
Week 14: On Apr 7, 2005 EPRD’s first website went live! EPRD is actually working on a new website this year – so look for it coming in late summer.
Week 13: Arrowhead Park was created through lease agreements with Indian Hills Christian Fellowship Church and Indian Hills Water District, and was named via a contest with Parmalee Elementary students.
Week 12: EPRD spends approx. $3,400/month in cleaning supplies (toilet paper, trash bags, hair/body soap, paper towels, etc.) for BPRC & WRC. It takes a lot to keep everything clean and running for our many patrons!
Week 11: The North Evergreen Activity Trail (NEAT) provides a safe trail connection from Bergen Valley Elementary all the way to Evergreen Middle School. Since 2005, EPRD has been responsible for routine maintenance of the trail.
Week 10: Did you know EPRD won Colorado Parks & Recreation Association’s Columbine Award for Programming in 2014 for our Jr. Mountain Biking Program? We had 80 participants in 2014 and the program continues to grow, so we created a club team last year. We now have 180 youth participating in mountain biking with many of them going on to race for the EHS Mountain Bike Team.
Week 9: EPRD’s boundaries are one of the largest special districts in the state covering over 78 square miles. This includes Evergreen, Indian Hills, Kittredge, Bergen Park, and even a small portion of Morrison.
Week 8: It costs EPRD an average of $12K/month to have electricity and heat in our two main facilities - WRC & BPRC. Gas is $3,600/month and electricity is $8,700/month.
Week 7: Basketball was started in 1891 by James Naismith in Massachusetts and had 13 rules. EPRD opened our WRC gymnasium in 1975 as part of the second renovation to offer youth and adult basketball leagues to keep everyone healthy year-round.
Week 6: Evergreen Lake House, a 5,000 sf log structure, was completed in Mar 1993. The log building was built in a Montana forest, taken apart, and put back together in Evergreen.
Week 5: The Rotary Club of Evergreen donated the musical instruments at Stagecoach Park. The first instruments were installed in 2016, with an additional lilypad cymbal added in 2018. Thank you Rotary Club of Evergreen!
Week 4: Marshdale Park is EPRD’s most programmed, outdoor facility. EPRD bought the 14 acres for Marshdale in 2004 and recently spent over $1 million to replace the old playground equipment, add outdoor fitness equipment, replace the turf field, add a turf track and seating over the last 3 years.
Week 3: EPRD's INSPIRE (formerly Special Needs) Program began over 20 years ago with 5 participants. There are now over 92 participants.
Week 2: The main reason to form EPRD in 1969 was to provide a community pool. The pool at Wulf Recreation Center is now 47 years old. While repairs and maintenance have been done over the years, this is still the original pool. EHS & CHS swim teams along with Hurricanes swim team train out of this pool year-round.
Week 1:
In Jan 1969, Evergreen Metropolitan Recreation and Park District (now Evergreen Park & Recreation District) was formed with a vote of 468 for; 427 against. We signed a 99-yr lease with Jeffco School District to use land to build the community’s first recreation center. Wulf Recreation Center still sits on Jeffco School land today.

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