EPRD briefs

Deb Hurley Brobst
Posted 6/1/21

Detour discussions duringtrail construction The detour around Evergreen Lake while the new north trail is built starting later this year will likely be in place for four months. One lane of traffic …

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EPRD briefs


Detour discussions during
trail construction

The detour around Evergreen Lake while the new north trail is built starting later this year will likely be in place for four months.

One lane of traffic will be blocked, and the detour still is expected to take northbound traffic through downtown Evergreen and onto Meadow Drive to get to Evergreen Parkway, while southbound traffic will drive on the remaining open lane next to the lake.

Chris Vogelsang with OV Consulting, the project engineer, said in a report to the Evergreen Park & Recreation Board that total closure of the road would not significantly shorten the amount of time the road would need to be closed. Board members had wondered whether a total closure might be a quicker way to get Evergreen traffic flowing normally.

In addition, CDOT has asked for an enhanced traffic analysis to provide more detailed evaluation of how much the detour will delay traffic and whether something can be done to move traffic through Evergreen, the report said.

Vogelsang also said in his report that additional signage would be placed on Douglas Park Road both in downtown Evergreen and where it intersects with Meadow Drive to keep local traffic only there. A resident had spoken at the April board meeting about drivers using the road, which is narrow and steep, when there are traffic jams in downtown Evergreen.

station opens in June

The watercraft-washing station being erected in the Evergreen Lake parking lot will be operational the week of June 7, Evergreen Park & Recreation District Executive Director Ellen O’Connor told the board. on May 25.

The Evergreen Metro District, which is responsible for water quality, has erected the station to help keep invasive aquatic species that attach themselves to private boats from entering the lake and hurting the water supply. In 2019, for example, EMD closed the lake to private watercraft in early August to prevent the invasive species from getting into the water.

Trained EPRD workers inspect all private watercraft before they enter the lake, and in the past, the owners of dirty or questionable watercraft were asked to go to a car wash. The new washing station will be more convenient for private boaters and paddleboarders.

Discussions continue
for local direct lake access

Evergreen Park & Recreation District officials will meet again with the Evergreen Metro District to see if a solution can be found for the residents living on the south shore of Evergreen Lake who want to access the lake from their properties.

Board members at the May 25 meeting generally liked the idea, but Executive Director Ellen O’Connor said EMD was concerned that allowing property owners lake access would open the floodgates to others who would like special access, leaving the water vulnerable to the invasive species.

“The board is generally in favor of the idea,” board President Monty Estis said, “and we know there are a lot of details to work out. Let’s see if we can work out a solution.”

Catalytic converters stolen

The catalytic converters on three Evergreen Park & Recreation District vans were stolen recently.

One van had been parked at the Wulf Recreation Center, while the other two were parked in the Buchanan Fields parking lot, Park Operations Manager Heart Cameron told the EPRD board on May 25.

The district was able to find replacements, and going forward, the vans will be parked either in locked areas or in areas with surveillance cameras.

Patrons returning to
rec district facilities

The transition to more open Evergreen Park & Recreation District facilities is going smoothly, Executive Director Ellen O’Connor told the board at its meeting on May 25.

“Participation levels are coming right along,” she said, noting that a Silver Sneakers class, for example, recently had 30 in-person participants.

The district has hired 90 employees, most of them seasonal, to work at Evergreen Lake, on the grounds crew and more. O’Connor said the rec centers were not bursting at the seams, but patrons are returning at a comfortable rate.

Emergency personnel
available when lake is open

In the wake of a paddleboarder drowning at Bear Creek Lake in Lakewood, Evergreen Park & Recreation District officials want the public to know that a park ranger with a motorboat — the only one allowed on the lake — is available to assist in case of an emergency only when the lake is open to the public.

The boat has been used to help stranded boaters and paddleboarders, Executive Director Ellen O’Connor told the board.


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