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Bergen Park Church holds open house

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Two-day event showcases new building

By Beth Potter

Congregation members and the community now have had a chance to see the new Bergen Park Church at 31919 Rocky Village Drive in Evergreen.

A two-day open house on Saturday and Sunday included refreshments, crafts for the kids, chances to win entertainment tickets, and tours.

"It's a pretty big deal for us," said Pastor Jim Demolar.

The new 11,000-square-foot church cost almost $2.8 million to build. The congregation pledged about two-thirds of the building cost; a bank loan covered the rest.

The 2.6-acre parcel of land at County Road 65 and Evergreen Parkway was $565,000 of the total.

In the future, the evangelical church wants to open its doors to community groups looking to hold events and seminars, Demolar said. The church's sanctuary holds about 300 people, and the lobby can hold 200 to 290 people. Classrooms in the church have room for 60 to 80 people for conferences and the like, Demolar said.

With 143 community nonprofits in Evergreen, it makes sense that some might be looking for space, said Steve Sumner, director of Center for the Arts Evergreen. The nonprofit arts group serves as a hub for other area arts groups, and is in the middle of its own capital campaign.

The Evergreen Chamber Orchestra is one group that might be looking for an additional home, said Julia Barrett, president of the group’s board of directors. The 40-person orchestra currently plays two concerts per year at Genesis Presbyterian Church in Littleton and two at Church of the Hills in Evergreen. The group also holds recitals at private homes that could benefit from larger audiences.

“We have an audience that is starting to grow and a new music director this year, so we’re looking for larger venues that hold more audience,” Barrett said.

The orchestra is sponsored by state funding entities such as the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and Colorado Creative Industries and by Wells Fargo Bank and other business entities.

Lee Architects Interior Designers PC designed the church. The general contractor was Himmelman Construction Inc.

Contact Beth Potter at 303-350-1043 or beth@evergreenco.com.