Denver seeking operator for Evergreen Golf Course, restaurant

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By Sandy Barnes

The Denver Department of Parks and Recreation has issued a request for proposals to operate the Evergreen Golf Course and Keys on the Green restaurant.

A mandatory pre-proposal meeting for anyone interested is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 17, at the golf course concession facility on Upper Bear Creek Road. The deadline for sealed proposals is 2 p.m. Jan. 31.

Keys on the Green restaurant and golf shop at the Evergreen Golf Course has been closed since early November 2012, when former manager Ron Reif of RLR Inc. terminated his contract six months early.

Denver Parks and Recreation spokesman Jeff Green said that initially RLR had asked to have its contract to operate Keys on the Green and the golf shop extended for five years beyond the end date, which was April 30, 2013.

Denver Parks initially refused to grant the extension, Green said, because of performance issues.

RLR filed documentation to have Denver Parks reconsider its denial, which Denver Parks officials reviewed, Green said.

On Oct. 29, 2012, Denver Parks received a letter from RLR that it was shutting down operations effective almost immediately.

Green said the golf course and the golf shop normally are closed for the winter beginning Nov. 1. The restaurant would also remain shuttered for the winter.

The restaurant and pro shop are situated at the first and 10th tees of the Evergreen Golf Course on Upper Bear Creek Road. Built in 1927, the historic, octagonal-shaped log structure is part of Denver Mountain Parks and is owned by the city of Denver.

Copies of the RFP are available from the Denver Parks and Recreation Permits Department, 201 W. Colfax Ave., on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. RFP copies also are available at  http://denvergov.org/parksandrecreation/PublicmeetingsNoticesRFPs/tabid/....

For questions, call Linda Kay Nedved, Denver Parks and Recreation, at 720-913-0730 or e-mail Linda.Nedved@envergov.org.


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