This coming Tuesday 3/24/15 at 6:00 PM at the Bergen fire station, Jefferson County is hosting a working session for the Downtown Evergreen Activity Center as a part of their rewrite of the Evergreen Area Master Plan. They update the master plan roughly every 10 years and it is informed directly by this public process. This is a rare and critical opportunity to have our voices heard and we should try to encourage as many people as possible who have a vested interest in downtown to attend and participate in this important public process. I have attended other activity center working sessions and they are well attended, but not necessarily representative of the full spectrum of needs in our comnunity. We need to make sure we have representation so we can make our interests known. Issues that we specifically have to face in downtown is CDOT right-of-way issues, problematic building setbacks, and an overall zoning that is inconsistent with the size and shape of parcels that we have downtown (which have existed long before the Jefferson County planning and zoning department existed). Encouraging better vehicular and pedestrian access (sidewalks) and parking are obviously significant objectives. This process does not create a plan to construct anything per se but it does create a guideline that heavily influences all future development applications in the area. It would be great if we could have as many folks from downtown attend as possible. Please help spread this information to the downtown community so they can attend and participate. The workshop is well organized and you don’t need to be an expert, or even vaguely knowledgeable in planning or development to participate. Jeffco has outlined the objectives for these workshops such that the average citizen can provide meaningful input to the Master Plan. Thanks!!
Work Session For Mountain Area Master Plan Update (Revised 3/24/15) at 6:00 at Bergen Fire Station March 14, 2015
Lake Trail to Begin in April! March 10, 2015
|Evergreen Lake Loop Construction to Begin in April
2-Week Project to Create Road Closures, Detours
|Construction on the connector trail at the Evergreen Lake Dam, which will create an accessible path between Evergreen Lake Park and downtown Evergreen, is scheduled to begin April 12, and residents should expect to be inconvenienced by road closings for two weeks.
The 200-foot trail connection, a collaborative effort between Evergreen Park & Recreation District (EPRD) and the Downtown Evergreen Economic District (DEED), will provide an alternative to the steep metal stairs on the north side of the dam.
GoodLand Construction Inc. of Golden, the contractor, is planning to begin earth-moving work the evening of April 12, weather permitting. Over the following days, workers will install H-piles into bedrock along with concrete, and the concrete trail will be installed the week of April 20.
After GoodLand has completed its work, DEED will use Legacy Fund money to pay for materials and labor for the construction of railings, expected to be completed over the next two weeks.The trail should be ready for use by mid-May, barring weather complications.
Road Closings and Detours
The connector project will create closings at various times along Route 74 between the Upper Bear Creek and Highway 73 intersections with the Evergreen Parkway from April 12 through 23, weather permitting. Some closings will be one lane only, but sometimes the entire road will need to be closed.
To avoid traffic delays, the public is urged to detour onto Meadow Drive to go from Route 74 to Route 73. Residents living west of the construction area are urged to use Stagecoach Blvd. instead of Upper Bear Creek during closing hours.
The fishing access parking lot on the northeast side of the Evergreen Parkway at Upper Bear Creek will also be closed during construction.
Project updates and a detour map will be available on the Evergreen Park & Recreation District (EPRD) website at www.evergreenrecreation.com.
For more information, contact the Downtown Evergreen Economic District at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Evergreen Park & Recreation District
Evergreen Park and Recreation District (EPRD) was formed in 1969 to serve the park and recreation needs of the communities of Evergreen, Bergen Park, Indian Hills, Kittredge and Marshdale. The citizens of the EPRD area place high value in their parks, recreation facilities and programs as an enhancement to the community’s quality of life. This commitment is embodied in the District’s strong parks and recreation system, with its unique facilities such as Buchanan Park, Buchanan Park Recreation Center, Evergreen Lake House, and Wulf Recreation Center.
EPRD serves approximately 22,000 people residing within its boundaries, and offers affordable recreational options to non-district residents. Learn more at www.evergreenrecreation.com.
A reminder that the Trails Master Plan Presentation is Wednesday, December 10th at 5:30 pm at Wulf Rec Center. We hope you can make it!
Greater Downtown Evergreen Trails Master Plan Progress November 16, 2014
Most everyone in Evergreen knows by now about the Greater Downtown Evergreen Trails Master Plan by virtue of our Open Houses, direct public outreach with presentations to major community groups and numerous articles in the Canyon Courier over the past several months. Our Consultant, OV Consulting, has compiled all of the great community feedback and is completing the Master Plan this month for presentation to the Technical Working Group for review and final approval.
Below are the boards representing the four key areas of focus. If you have any additional feedback on these, even if it’s simply “great job – I love it”, please comment here or email Chris Vogelsang directly at email@example.com. All feedback is valuable to the process. Thanks!
A chronology of the Open House Presentations and all of the images accompanying the process and the plan can be found at http://www.trails4evergreen.org.
With permits in hand, we are thrilled to have finally scheduled the construction for the Lake trail connector to Downtown Evergreen! The full article, written by Sandy Barnes in last week’s Canyon Courier explains in more detail. The copy of that article is below and the article itself can be found here: http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/connector-trail-project-dam-scheduled-spring
By Sandy Barnes
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 1:40 pm
The Colorado Department of Transportation has granted the permit for the connector trail at the Evergreen Lake dam, and the project is now scheduled for spring 2015, said Dean Dalvit of the Downtown Evergreen Economic District.
“We reached out to the downtown merchants over the last few weeks,” Dalvit said, adding that the timing is designed to avoid the merchants’ busy season.
The overwhelming majority of business owners said they would like to see the project done in April, rather than in December, to keep from interfering with holiday shopping. During the project, several road closures will be necessary.
Goodland Construction, the Golden contractor selected for the project, has rearranged its schedule to accommodate the wishes of downtown Evergreen businesses, Dalvit said. The work could not be done January through March because of cold weather, he noted.
“This isn’t really considered a delay at this point because we could have taken the December window; but rather, it’s a matter of scheduling the construction for the best interests of our downtown Evergreen,” said Dalvit.
The construction will require one to three days of daytime full-road closures between the stoplight and Upper Bear Creek Road in the first week. The following week, there will be one to three nights of nighttime road closures. Some one-lane closures during the construction period will also be necessary.
Part of the traffic control plan includes signage in multiple locations, which will alert the community up to two weeks before the closures.
“Everyone will have plenty of advance notice to plan ahead for their commutes during those periods,” said Dalvit.
The 200-foot trail connection will provide an alternative to the steep metal stairs leading from the base of the dam to the lake trail.
The trail link construction is being funded with a $250,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant and a $30,000 contribution from the Downtown Evergreen Economic District. In-kind donations, which include a design contributed by Dalvit, an architect with EV Studios, have made the long-awaited project possible.
The project has faced delays because of legal issues with the city of Denver, which owns the Lake Park property.
Before work on the trail could begin, the project design required approval from Denver. Also, Denver city attorneys requested a new agreement with EPRD to replace the existing one defining responsibilities and management of the Lake Park.
Other delays have been created by right-of-way issues, which have been resolved with CDOT. An additional complication was that the bid for the trail connection project came in at $257,000, higher than expected.
The original design has been modified to minimize environmental impacts on the area. When completed, the trail will touch the ground in only two places. Elevating the trail also reduced the cost of construction by minimizing the amount of excavation needed.
After Goodland Construction finishes the trail, handrails will be added along the sides for safety at an additional cost of approximately $10,000.
Contact Sandy Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trails Master Plan Open House #2 August 26, 2014
The second Open House for the Trails Master Plan was more of a working session, going through the feedback from the first Open House and developing those initial concepts further. Additionally, introducing concept characteristics for wayfinding signage and a finer look into which projects are easier to complete sooner had entered the conversation. Below is the information that was presented in the meeting. Whether or not you were able to make it to the meeting, please feel free to add your feedback in the comment box below and it will be included in the Master Planning process:
We had an excellent turnout to the first Open House for the Trails Master Plan. Below is the information that was presented in the meeting. Whether or not you were able to make it to the meeting, please feel free to add your feedback in the comment box below and it will be included in the Master Planning process: