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Lake Trail Progress Update 4/24/15 April 24, 2015

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The blog has been quiet the last couple of weeks as we’ve been pouring our resources into the construction efforts on the Lake Trail Project. For anyone who reads the Canyon Courier, there was an excellent article outlining the events of the past two weeks, the road closure, and the construction events that can be viewed at this link:

Additionally, real time updates on the progress and the road closure have been available on the EPRD website:

We have been at the site daily since construction began on 4/13, and we’re happy to report that all of the foundation H-piles have been set and half of the concrete foundation has been poured. There was a temporary setback that required the installation of micro-piles for slope stabilization, along with the biggest snowstorm of the season and probably the wettest two weeks since the 2013 floods, but despite those hindrances, we are poised to finish the concrete work next week and set the precast components of the trail during a night closure the following week. Here are some photos:



Lake Trail to Begin in April! March 10, 2015

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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.
The project was funded by a $250,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and a $30,000 contribution from the Evergreen Legacy Fund, plus in-kind donations of services and material. The Legacy Fund is derived from a voluntary 1 percent donation on sales of products and services at businesses to support infrastructure.

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.

  • April 12-13 (7 PM April 12 to 5AM April 13) – One lane closure
  • April 13-15 (8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) – Full road closure
  • April 16 (8:30 AM to 2:30 PM) – One-lane closure
  • April 20-22 (Full night-time closures for three nights, 7 PM to 5 AM) – Full closure
  • April 23 (8:30 AM to 2:30 PM) – One-lane closure

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

More Info

For more information, contact the Downtown Evergreen Economic District at

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


Connector trail project at dam scheduled for spring November 16, 2014

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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:

Rendering with Wood Railings

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