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Evergreen Lake getting new boardwalk

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By Sandy Barnes

While kids play in a grassy field by Evergreen Lake, workers saw and place planks of wood for a new boardwalk at the park.

“This time around, we're replacing the entire boardwalk,” said Scott Robson, executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

“We're removing it completely down to the foundation,” he added.

Although the flooding last fall did some minor damage to the structure, its 20-year age and the wear and tear on the walkway made the replacement necessary, Robson said.

Local contractor Bear Excavating was selected for the project through an open bidding process. The park district is sharing the $173,000 cost of the boardwalk replacement with Jefferson County Parks and Open Space, which is contributing 40 percent of the total amount.

During the project, park users may take a detour around the closed boardwalk onto a path along Bear Creek. The new boardwalk should be completed by mid-July, said Robson.

In addition to creating a smooth path for hikers, new seating will be added, and handrails will be replaced on the footbridge portion of the boardwalk.

The wildlife observation platform near the Evergreen Nature Center also will be enhanced as part of the project.

“We'll be moving a large set of binoculars to the wildlife watching area,” Robson said.

The park district also has worked with the Nature Center to install interpretive signage to educate the public about local wildlife and our surrounding environment, he added.

“The boardwalk is yet another piece of our overall Evergreen Lake Park improvements,” Robson remarked.

Another long-awaited project at Evergreen Lake, the connector trail from downtown Evergreen, also is getting under way this summer, said Robson.

EPRD expected to receive bids on the project this week, with the goal of completion by October. In order to receive funds from Great Outdoors Colorado for the trail project, the project needs to be completed by that time, said Robson.

The connector trail project has been met with delays because of approvals needed from the city of Denver and the Colorado Department of Transportation, Robson said.

Building a trail on steep terrain along Highway 74 also has presented challenges, he said.

The trail design was modified to minimize environmental impacts in the area, Robson said. The redesigned trail will be elevated and will touch the ground in only two places. Elevating the trail also reduced costs of excavation work, Robson noted.

A $250,000 GOCO grant and in-kind donations of services and materials are funding the trail project.

When the project is completed, walkers will be able to take a gently sloped path from the downtown district to Evergreen Lake Park instead of negotiating the steep metal stairs.

The Evergreen Park and Recreation District serves the communities of Evergreen, Bergen Park, Indian Hills, Kittredge and Marshdale. EPRD serves approximately 22,000 people residing within its boundaries, and also offers recreational options to non-district residents.

For more information, visit www.evergreenrecreation.com.

 

Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com.