Bergen Meadow Elementary was built in 1969 with a giant, flat gravel patch for a backyard. The 115,000-square-foot gravel patch was a perfect rectangle, already graded, and in a central location in our community. School administrators, park and rec personnel, sports clubs, and parents all recognized the great potential of the field. But for 39 years, Evergreen kids played recess games and sports in the dirt.
This year, thanks to the generosity of the community and leadership of the Evergreen Park & Rec District, Bergen Meadow now has a soft, grass backyard the size of one and a half football fields. Schoolkids are already playing on the green grass at recess, and young soccer players are practicing on the field after school.
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