Off-leash dog park in the offing?

Open Space renews discussions with EPRD about park’s potential

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 8/3/21

An off-leash dog park may be coming to Evergreen — but there are many hoops to jump through before it can happen. Jefferson County Open Space has initiated discussions with the Evergreen Park & …

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Off-leash dog park in the offing?

Open Space renews discussions with EPRD about park’s potential

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An off-leash dog park may be coming to Evergreen — but there are many hoops to jump through before it can happen.

Jefferson County Open Space has initiated discussions with the Evergreen Park & Recreation District and Friends of Evergreen Dog Park to figure out how a dog park could operate and to find a suitable location. JCOS officials hope EPRD will partner with them to make it happen, according to JCOS spokesman Matt Robbins.

“We want to know if they are still interested, to see if there is a location and if they are willing to partner to help us facilitate a dog park in the Evergreen area,” Robbins said, noting that JCOS officials asked EPRD to determine whether it would consider managing a JCOS dog park.

EPRD board President Monty Estis said in an email that the board is tentatively scheduled to meet on Aug. 9 because Jefferson County Open Space asked EPRD what its requirements might be if it were to enter into an agreement with JCOS to manage a dog park.

Robbins said JCOS officials were eager to see EPRD’s criteria for getting involved.

Robbins said JCOS officials want to keep the conversation going — especially after closing the 107-acre off-leash dog park on the south side of Stagecoach Boulevard in April 2017, citing overcrowding, parking issues, animal waste and erosion as reasons for its closure. The closure caused an uproar in Evergreen.

In 2019, Friends of Evergreen Dog Park worked with several government agencies and Ron Lewis to turn part of Lewis’ Marshdale property into a dog park. Teh Friends proposed fencing in a 0.6-mile walking trail plus 1.2-acre of off-leash dog play area with a shelter. A parking lot for 44 vehicles was also planned.

According to its website, Friends of Evergreen Dog Park has been looking for 30 acres of private land in the Evergreen area, and in 2020, the group evaluated multiple sites.

The former off-leash dog park property has been significantly restored, and JCOS expects it to reopen late next year, Robbins said.

Additional trails are being construction that go to Jenkins Peak, which has been closed to hikers for many years. Dogs will be allowed while on leashes, he added.

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