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Denver Parks retains management of golf course

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B.C. Evergreen selected for Keys on the Green restaurant

By Sandy Barnes

When the Evergreen Golf Course reopens in the spring, Denver Parks will still be managing it. 

 

The Evergreen Park and Recreation District was among bidders that lost the opportunity to oversee the golf course beside Evergreen Lake. Denver City and County Parks sought requests for proposals on Jan. 1, but then decided to keep the golf course within its division.

“We’re really disappointed,” said Scott Robson, EPRD executive director, who championed the effort.

Robson said he is still optimistic that there can be conversations with Denver Parks about the Evergreen park district using the golf course for winter activities.

From late fall until spring, the expansive property owned by Denver is largely unused, except for occasional hikers. This past Sunday afternoon, the golf course came alive with parents and their youngsters sledding in freshly fallen snow — offering a preview of what could take place on a regular basis. 

Denver Parks has awarded the management of Keys on the Green restaurant to B.C. Evergreen LLC, which received a five-year contract. Former restaurant manager Ron Reif ended his contract with the city last October.

The Evergreen park district board also was planning to find a vendor to manage the restaurant, rather than taking on that responsibility. 

During the park board discussion on the proposal in January, Robson recommended that the district assume responsibility for the golf course and find another vendor to manage the restaurant

The restaurant is in need of repairs, which Denver Parks was asking the new manager to make.

According to the request for proposals, the concessionaire would finance capital improvements to the clubhouse including porch replacement and adding disabled-accessible ramps. Building maintenance by the concessionaire was also requested in the proposal, along with procurement of equipment and furnishings.

Denver Parks is beginning a project to replace two bridges leading from the golf course to the restaurant and make improvements to the channel under them.

Jeff Green, Denver Parks spokesman, said the golf course should be open by April 1, along with the restaurant.

B.C. Evergreen was not reached for comment.

 

Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com or call 303-350-1042.