Letter: EPRD needs to embrace dog-park proposal

Posted 7/12/22

In response to the Canyon Courier story about a proposed dog park in Evergreen:

Ahem. Attention all dog lovers. A response to EPRD and FEDP and their decidedly downbeat assessment.

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Letter: EPRD needs to embrace dog-park proposal

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In response to the Canyon Courier story about a proposed dog park in Evergreen:

Ahem. Attention all dog lovers. A response to EPRD and FEDP and their decidedly downbeat assessment.

Jeffco offered money to fund the project because instead of being intractable and strident as FEDP was, I asked them nicely with a video for a dog park — any dog park — as I was tired of waiting after five years. How do I know this? 

Well, the Jeffco commissioners watched the video and complimented me on its charm and appeal, and then I was invited to take part in the meeting this April where the offer of $1.2million from Jeffco was made, with the condition that EPRD accept the responsibility for the project in total. All three Jeffco reps at the meeting stated emphatically that I was a catalyst for the deal. 

Why am I tooting my own horn? It’s because FEDP may have driven the truck to the station, but they couldn’t turn the corner to go in. Too many decision makers were turned off by their approach.

Now that the veritable cash-filled can has been kicked over to EPRD with FEDP consulting, and with agreement on the site — two of the biggest hurdles accomplished — I find myself alarmed by their cascade of ifs and buts and hedging. I understand that this project will take time to bear fruit, but they can placate their constituents by providing a list of actions to take and dates to the public. Instead, they’re “exploring the idea” in a subcommittee, which might be code for death by committee.

Maybe you ask yourself, “Why isn’t Geof being charming to these guys?” Sorry, my charm bag is empty.

So, if you’re reading this and you like the idea of having an off-leash dog park in Evergreen, conveniently located, south facing, with some great views, then help me put some pressure on the EPRD board, some of whom recently ran for office with the promise of transparency and accountability.

Don Rosenthal, president, term expires: May 2023; drosenthal@eprd.co

Monty Estis, first vice president, term expires: May 2023; mestis@eprd.co

Betsy Hays, second vice president, term expires: May 2025; bhays@eprd.co

Peter Eggers, secretary, term expires: May 2025; peggers@eprd.co

Mary McGhee, treasurer, term expires: May 2025; mmcghee@eprd.coGeofErdahl

Geof Erdahl, Evergreen

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