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Lindquist brings financial management experience to park district board

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By Sandy Barnes

Editor's note: This story is part of a series on candidates for the board of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District in May's election.

Evergreen resident Peter Lindquist says he’s seeking re-election to the board of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District so that he may continue making a contribution to his community.

“How can we be most relevant and provide the most service to the community?” is a key question for EPRD board members, Lindquist says. “My overall charge as a director is to look at what do we want: fields, recreational facilities, certain activities — all the diverse things the community wants.”

Building relationships with organizations that serve as partners with the park district also is an important role for the EPRD board, Lindquist says.

Working effectively with the Downtown Evergreen Economic District, with the city of Denver, which owns many of the area parks, and with area schools is critical, he says.

Facilitating construction of the trail connecting downtown Evergreen to the Lake Park involves relationships with DEED, the Evergreen Metropolitan District, and the Colorado Department of Transportation, Lindquist says.

“All are involved in the path.”

“We have complex issues,” Lindquist says of Evergreen Lake Park. “It’s a Denver Mountain Parks property. We manage it, but they own it.”

The Lake Park — which some Evergreen residents say is overused — is a public space, Lindquist said.

“If it’s 110 degrees in Denver and 5,000 people want to come up here to get some relief, we can’t stop it,” he said

The other question regarding the Lake Park is whether too many events are held there, Lindquist said

“We have heard that loud and clear this past year. We take that feedback seriously,” he said. “When we have community members saying ‘too much use,’ we have to take a step back.”

The summer concert series at the Lake Park, which draws between 500 and 1,000 people to each performance, is easily absorbed, Lindquist said. Larger events such as the Big Chili Cook-off, which attracts thousands, can create parking and other issues, he said.

While looking at the role of the park board, Lindquist said that he and other members have a fiduciary responsibility to the district.

“It’s a challenge because we have to manage the financial aspect (of the district),” he says. “We take that very seriously.”

As a career banker who currently serves as a principal with PL2 Inc., Lindquist says he focuses on the park district’s budget and expenditures.

“It’s an interesting obligation,” he remarked. “You don’t think about what’s involved in administering those dollars.

“Overall, I think we’ve done a good job. I want to continue having that level of consistency and consideration in how we administer those assets for the community’s benefit.”

Lindquist also pointed out that EPRD is one of the major employers in Evergreen, bringing $3.5 million to the community on an annual basis. And he applauds one of the park district’s newest hires, part-time district ranger Jason Garner. Although Garner does not have law enforcement authority, he does have the ability to educate park users about rules and regulations, Lindquist said.

Lindquist has served on the park district board since 2011, when he was appointed to fill a vacancy. He is one of five candidates seeking three open seats on the board in the May 6 election.

Lindquist also has a law degree and is immediate past president of the Legal Canter for People with Disabilities and Older People. He also is a trustee at United Methodist Church of Evergreen and a coach for the mountain bike team of the EPRD.

Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com.