Masters swimmers can train at Evergreen Lake

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By Sandy Barnes

Masters swimmers can train in Evergreen Lake


The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is expanding its Masters Swimming program to include open-water swimming in Evergreen Lake this summer.

Beginning June 18 and continuing through mid-September, the park district will permit swimming in the lake for registered members of the Colorado Masters Swimming Association during designated open swim times on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

The new open-water swim program gives local triathletes the opportunity to train for two triathlons being held in Evergreen this summer, Triathlon Evergreen on June 29 and the Evergreen Sprint Triathlon on July 28. Both events begin with a swim in Evergreen Lake.  

Open-water swimmers must bring their U.S. Masters swimming cards for check-in; a copy will be kept on file for future swims. All participants must wear a wetsuit and sign a liability waiver. The Evergreen Metropolitan District will test water quality on an ongoing basis.

Interested swimmers may visit the COMSA website to obtain information about joining. Membership in COMSA also allows participants to swim in other open-water activities, such as the Gravel Pond at Chatfield State Park.

A summer pass is required to participate in the Evergreen Lake open-water swims. The cost is $35 for Evergreen district residents and $44 for out-of-district. Passes are available at Wulf or Buchanan rec centers, or at www.evergreenrecreation.com.

Those participating in EPRD's Masters program pay a discounted rate of $25 for in-district residents and $31 for non-district residents.

Buchanan Pond may be used as a substitute open-water swimming venue. All other swimming in Evergreen Lake is prohibited.

For more details, contact Becky Browne, EPRD's aquatics manager, at 3720-880-1117, or e-mail her at bbrowne@eprd.co.