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Linn brings experience with Forest Service, EPA to park board candidacy

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By Sandy Barnes

During the years she spent with the Environmental Protection Agency, Evergreen resident Peg Linn worked with people living near Superfund sites to resolve issues around them.

"Having worked with the community to reach agreements, I feel like it will help make me a good park board candidate," Linn said. 

While employed at the regional office of the EPA in Denver, Linn traveled to areas in Clear Creek and Summit counties where there were abandoned mines generating hazardous waste.

“I listened to both sides,” she said, referring to how she addressed concerns about Superfund sites.

Linn also says that her work with the U.S. Forest Service has given her a background that can be beneficial to the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

"I spent a lot of time in campgrounds and on back roads, and have a lot of experience managing park lands," she said.

Linn also served as an environmental educator for the Forest Service while working in Colorado and Utah.

As one of five candidates vying for three open seats on the park board, Linn recently has been focusing on the Evergreen park district and potential issues within it.

“I think they're doing a good job of managing the parks,” she said. “I think they're open to listening to what people have to say.”

For Linn, community involvement is an important component of being a park board member.

“I want to hear from the community and see that our parks are managed in an environmentally friendly way,” she said.

Linn is concerned about the impact of heavy use on Evergreen Lake, one of the most popular parks in the district.

The lake attracts many people from Denver and other nearby areas who come to boat and paddleboard, she said.

“There are also people who like to have a pleasant walk and to fish,” she said. “You have to have a balance.”

“I think we have to be very careful how much we advertise and promote,” she added. “I think it's very important to work with the community who lives up here.”

In the early 1900s, then-Denver Mayor Robert Speer envisioned Evergreen as a peaceful place to be in the mountains, and promoted park development here, Linn said.

“For me, getting into the mountains as a child was an inexpensive way for our family to do things,” said Linn, a Colorado native who grew up in Rifle.

Along with crowds at Evergreen Lake Park, there are also issues with limited parking, said Linn. 

“We have limited space to build parking lots,” she added. “These are complex issues to be worked out.”

As a park board member, Linn said, she would also focus on management of the district budget.

“We need to be fiscally responsible with taxpayers' money,” she said.

Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com.