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A multiuse trail is coming to fruition at Stagecoach Park.
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The soft-surface trail, which will start near the Bob the Dinosaur sculpture and will be in a loop in the north part of the park, should be ready in a few weeks. The park is located along Evergreen Parkway near Stagecoach Boulevard.
The work is being done by the Evergreen Park & Recreation District grounds crew. The eighth-mile trail will be good for young families, those wanting to take short walks or youngsters riding their bikes.
“We have listened to the community, and they have been vocal about this,” said EPRD Executive Director Cory Vander Veen. “This is a really easy extension of the park. It’s a nice benefit to the park and adds amenities.”
The original plan for the park was a full bike pump track, but EPRD learned it would be expensive to build, and Jefferson County likely would require an additional parking lot. Grant money wasn’t available to help pay for the work.
Heart Cameron, EPRD’s park operations manager, said since the work was being done in-house, the cost is nominal. He hopes the scaled-down track could be used for classes and community time.
The trail will have some sloping hills, and Cameron hopes the trail will help keep people from wandering and trampling the areas among the trees. The crew is also making sure the area has proper drainage.
The park already has a turf athletic field, a baseball field, playground and Rotary Music Park. Evergreen Rotary this week installed a bench in honor of the late Anne Field, a club member who was a therapist in Evergreen and worked with Resilience1220.
Rotary earns a bench from NexTrex by collecting 500 pounds of plastic bags to be recycled. The club’s Community Service Committee decided that every time the group earns a bench, it will place the bench somewhere in memory of a deceased Rotarian, according to Rita Carver, the committee’s co-chair.
Carver said Rotary was able to work with EPRD to find a place for the bench near the Rotary Music Park. The next bench — once the group collects the requisite number of plastic bags — will be to honor David Rommelmann, a veteran who was involved in many service projects before he died.
“Because EPRD has been so wonderful to us, we have been helping with the weekly park cleanups,” she added.
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