By Chris Vogelsang, PE – OV Consulting
There is a new plan being developed in Evergreen that is focused on improving pedestrian and bicycle connections in the area near Downtown Evergreen and Evergreen Lake. The project goal is to look at critical missing connections in the study area and to work through the challenges of implementing them. The outcome of the plan will be the identification of important and constructable projects with enough detail developed about them so that funding can be obtained and they can be built in the near future. The Study Area surrounds Downtown Evergreen and Evergreen Lake and includes Safeway, the Hiwan Homestead Museum, Downtown Evergreen, Evergreen Lake and the Lake House, Evergreen High School, The Wulf Recreation Center, Wilmot Elementary School, and the Evergreen Library.
The plan kicked off in May of 2013 and will be completed by the end of this year. It is a partnership between the Downtown Evergreen Economic District and Jefferson County Transportation and Engineering while funding for the plan is being provided by the Great Outdoors Colorado grant program with Jefferson County, the Downtown Evergreen Economic District, and the Evergreen Parks and Recreation District providing “in-kind” contributions of staff time and the use of meeting facilities. The first public open house for the Plan was held on May 20, 2013 at the Evergreen Lake House. Over fifty people attended and provided excellent input on local conditions, trail and sidewalk gaps, conflict areas, and needed connections. There will be a total of four public open houses during the project with the next public open house to be held in late July.
You can get project information, updates, maps, and presentations as well as provide comments to the project team through the www.trails4evergreen.org website or by contacting the consultant project manager, Chris Vogelsang with OV Consulting, at 303-898-8042 or email Chris here.