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Now that Evergreen Lake is open for boating, the residents living along the south shore hope the Evergreen Park & Recreation District will give them access to the lake near their homes, while …
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Now that Evergreen Lake is open for boating, the residents living along the south shore hope the Evergreen Park & Recreation District will give them access to the lake near their homes, while they, in turn, act as ambassadors at the lake.
Thomas Cox, who spoke to the board on April 27 representing the residents on Blue Spruce Road, proposed a public/private collaboration. He said the homeowners are willing to pay a fee for lake usage, to train to inspect their own watercraft for invasive species and to sign affidavits that their watercraft would not be used in other bodies of water.
The Evergreen Metropolitan District has been concerned that invasive species could be introduced into Evergreen Lake, which provides water to the area and to locations down the hill. The district closed the lake early in 2019, and curtailed boating last summer because of the pandemic.
EMD will have a watercraft washing station operational by the end of May.
“We would create a group — maybe called the Evergreen Lake Ambassadors — to work with the Evergreen Park & Recreation District to be eyes on the lake,” Cox said. “We hope to give back more than we receive.”
Cox said in the past, homeowners along the lake have received access from their properties, and he proposed that their watercraft have stickers denoting their lake access.
“We want to be the front end of engaging EPRD on how the local community can assist and … access the lake,” he said.
EPRD Executive Director Ellen O’Connor said she was concerned that others who don’t live along the lake would take advantage of other launch locations, adding to invasive-species fears. Monitoring watercraft to ensure invasive species don’t get into the drinking water is imperative, she added.
Board members said they were interested in exploring the idea, noting that fewer parking spaces would be used at Evergreen Lake if neighbors were putting their boats in at their homes rather than driving to the Lake House.
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