Evergreen Park & Recreation District briefs

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 11/16/22

Zamboni ready for ice, Historic warming hut to be used and more

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Evergreen Park & Recreation District briefs

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Zamboni ready for ice

Winter in the foothills usually is heralded in by the first snowfall, Evergreen’s Holiday Walk and the Conifer Christmas Parade.

This year, there’s a new sign of winter: the Zamboni parade of sorts from Buchanan Park to Evergreen Lake.

Heart Cameron, the Evergreen Park & Recreation District’s parks operations manager, recently drove the Zamboni — it doesn’t go more than 5 mph — along the back roads to get to the Lake House, ready to groom the ice for ice skating season on the lake.

The Zamboni usually is housed in a garage at the lake, but the garage was needed for boat storage over the summer, so Cameron drove the Zamboni to the district’s administration offices in March. He’s hard to miss as he drives down the road with his dog Sir Harmon Pickles on his lap.

 

Historic warming hut to be used

As EPRD waits for ice to thicken at Evergreen Lake, it is announcing that things are changing for ice skaters.

The Evergreen Lake House will no longer be used for ice skating. Instead, skate rental and sharpening, plus a warming area will be in the former warming hut south of the lake that now is used for the Evergreen Nature Center in warmer months.

Instead of going into the Lake House, skaters with their own ice skates will check in at a shack to pay to skate, so they can get on the ice faster.

Executive Director Cory Vander Veen said the district has been working with the city of Denver, which owns the warming-hut building, to use it for skating. A food vendor will be available and fire pits will be outside to help skaters warm up without losing much skate time.

“We’re bringing history back to the warming hut,” he said. “We’ll be having different options and switching it up.”

North trail project out for bid

Plans to build the Evergreen Lake North Trail are moving forward despite a hiccup over the summer when the Evergreen Park & Recreation District only received one bid for the $4.5 million project.

The district has requested bids from contractors, which are due on Dec. 9. Fourteen vendors attended the first pre-bid meeting, Executive Director Cory Vander Veen told the EPRD board on Nov. 15, which is a good sign.

WSP, the consultant EPRD hired to shepherd the project, attended the pre-bid meeting with several suggestions to make the process smoother, Liz Cohen, the district’s grants and development coordinator, said.

District officials know residents are interested in the project, how long it will take and the detours associated with it. Vander Veen said the best way for people to stay up to date on the project is to visit evergreenrecreation.com.

Once a contractor is selected, the district will have a webpage that will be updated regularly with information, and it will send fliers to district residents directing them to the webpage.

“We want to drive people to one website page for maps, updates, road closures and contact information,” Vander Veen said. “People will be able to sign up for alerts, so they are informed about the project.”

The project will put a trail along Evergreen Parkway and one along the lakeshore. It will take about eight months to complete with a detour on Evergreen Parkway in place for about four months.

Strategic plan moves forward

The Evergreen Park & Recreation District board has hired Barry Dunn to help it with a strategic plan.

The district will pay up to $100,000 to the consultant to help design, implement and analyze a survey of district residents about their priorities, plus the company can help with the projected costs of new projects. The board wants to have the strategic plan completed by next summer so it can decide if it wants to ask district voters for a property tax increase in November.

Liz Cohen, the district’s grants and development coordinator, is laying out a timeline for work to be completed, including community engagement.

The board plans to meet on Dec. 6 to talk about the strategic plan with the consultants.

Board members want to be heavily involved in writing questions for the community survey to make sure they get solid information about district residents’ priorities.

Evergreen Park & Recreation District, EPRD, Evergreen Lake North Trail, Zamboni, Evergreen Lake, ice skating, warming hut

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