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  • Park district seeks $200,000 grant to redesign Lake Trail

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District has applied for a $200,000 federal grant to design and engineer a solution for the closed portion of the Evergreen Lake Trail.

    The trail on the north side of the lake has been closed since April between the dam and Upper Bear Creek Road because of instability caused by drainage and erosion issues.

    EPRD submitted the application for the Transportation Alternatives Grant on Aug. 1, and should know by November if it wins approval.

  • Ambary Gardens in Kittredge enjoying rapid growth

    Kittredge’s Ambary Gardens has made great strides in the past 18 months, expanding from a single greenhouse into a full-scale retail operation with plans for further collaboration and expansion.

    The business has been selling various hemp-based products, such as salves and tinctures, that are high in cannabidiol and have little to no tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Users of such high-CBD products have ailments ranging from migraines and asthma to rheumatism and glaucoma.

  • Locals catch up at lake concert

    For Evergreen visitors, the lawn in front of the Lake House on the night of Aug. 10 was full of strangers. But for locals, it was a field of familiar faces — friends, neighbors, acquaintances from church and the gym, fellow PTA parents, clients and classmates.

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District’s Summer Concert Series, as organizers and concert-goers agreed, allows the community to come together to enjoy a free, fun Wednesday night outside.

  • Hiwan Kids features art, history, games

    The Hiwan Homestead Museum offered children a mixture of art, history, education and the great outdoors for a portion of the summer.

    In late July and early August, the museum has hosted its Hiwan Kids program, offering youngsters a chance to play outdoor pioneer games, make sand paintings and clay figures, and learn about local plants and wildlife on a nature tour, and experience Native American beadwork designs firsthand.

  • Bike race participants greeted by threatening graffiti

    Bicyclists who participated in Saturday’s Red Rocks Gran Fondo race saw a mix of encouraging and threatening graffiti on Brook Forest Road in Evergreen.

    According to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, vandals painted messages on the road surface in multiple locations and on rocks near 9000 Black Mountain Drive sometime before the race started Saturday morning.

  • Relay for Life set Aug. 12-13 at Evergreen High

    Twenty-plus teams. Twelve hours. One sleepless night.

    This year's Relay For Life of the Mountain Area will start at 6 p.m. Aug. 12 at Evergreen High School, and the relay already has doubled in size from last year, with 21 teams and counting. Participants in the all-night event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, form teams and walk around the track for 12 hours to raise funds to fight cancer.

  • Teens have laser-like focus during tag competition at library

    Four boys ducked into a niche with computers and other office equipment — an effective hiding spot. After a few minutes, they decided it was time to make a run for it. One of them pushed a chair in front of him as a shield. Another yelled, “For the rebellion!” A library staff member reminded them to keep their laser guns visible — otherwise they’d be cheating.

  • Teen workers repair trails at Elk Meadow Park

    About 90 teenagers were working to repair trails at Elk Meadow Park throughout the day on Aug. 2.

    Jeffco Open Space’s Trail Stewardship Team, which is a paid summer job for 14- to 18-year-olds, works on trail maintenance projects Tuesdays through Thursdays for eight weeks in the summer.

  • DriveSmart expanding experienced-driver program

    A 20-minute safety check before driving can help prevent accidents, or lessen the chance of injury if an accident occurs.

    Drive Smart Evergreen/Conifer hosts an experienced-driver program, and the nonprofit held a training for “car fit” technicians on July 25.

  • Replacement of bridge at Lake Park is delayed

    The project to replace the bridge over Bear Creek at the entrance to Evergreen Lake Park has been delayed until next year.

    Ellen O’Connor, executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, confirmed that the city of Denver, which is in charge of the project, contacted EPRD and said work would be delayed until sometime in 2017. The project originally had been scheduled for this fall.