Evergreen Lake North Trail Update
Evergreen Park & Recreation District has been awarded a $100,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to support completing an engineering analysis, feasibility study and planning process to create an accessible trail on the north side of Evergreen Lake.
A portion of the Evergreen Lake Trail between Upper Bear Creek Road and Evergreen Dam has been closed since spring 2016 due to unstable conditions. The solution requires the securing of funds and coordination of a number of local and state organizations and agencies.
EPRD and other stakeholders involved are looking at the possible creation of a multimodal system to accommodate the growing number of trail users, with an ADA-compliant pedestrian boardwalk along the water's edge featuring push-outs for fishing and wildlife viewing, and a paved bicycle segment alongside Highway 74 on the north side of Evergreen Lake.
"The Evergreen North Lake Trail Planning Project provides vital infrastructure to local residents and the thousands of people who visit Evergreen each year. Whether they are strolling, hiking, riding a bike, pushing a stroller or propelling a wheelchair, this trail is a crucial link in the heart of our mountain community," says EPRD Executive Director Ellen O'Connor. "We are grateful to GOCO for investing in EPRD efforts to repair, and in fact enhance the north trail."
The grant was part of GOCO's new Connect Initiative trail planning grant program, which provides funding for trail projects for design engineering and master planning to help them get shovel-ready for construction grants also offered through the Connect Initiative.
Over the last four months, EPRD has amassed more than $400,000 to use toward both short- and long-term solutions to improve the North Lake Trail, including EPRD matching funds. The first step, which is already underway, will be to assess current conditions and develop feasible repairs that could allow the trail to be reopened as soon as possible.
The GOCO funds will be added to previous awards EPRD has secured:
• $25,000 from the Colorado Division of Local Affairs (DOLA) to assist in the geotechnical, civil, geometric, drainage and structural engineering analysis to recommend short-term solutions to stabilize the site and long-term solutions for a multimodal transportation system
• $12,500 from Evergreen Metropolitan District for the preliminary engineering study
• $199,500 from the Colorado Department of Transportation's Transportation Alternatives
Program for final design and engineering of a multi-modal transportation system that will
improve the damaged portion and improve the trail to better accommodate both cyclists and walkers.
The preliminary engineering study will include geotechnical, civil, geometric, drainage and structural engineering analysis to assess existing conditions. It will then make recommendations for short-term repair alternatives to stabilize the site and long-term improvement alternatives to provide a multimodal transportation system. The study will also make initial planning and design recommendations for the new trail. The TAP grant funds will then be used to complete design and ascertain construction specifications.
The GOCO grant will ensure EPRD can move forward with this highly-demanded but complex, multi-jurisdictional project between Denver Mountain Parks, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Evergreen Metropolitan District, Jefferson County and EPRD. The District aims to complete the planning process by early 2018.
January 2017 Update:
EPRD has selected Muller Engineering Company to conduct the preliminary engineering study and the contract will be executed in the next week or two. This study will be partially funded by a $25,000 grant from the Department of Local Affairs, along with contributions from EPRD and Evergreen Metropolitan District, and we anticipate its completion in May 2017.
The next step will be a Trail Planning Project to Preliminary Design for the pedestrian element of the recommended multimodal system. The Planning Project will be funded by a $100,000 trail planning grant from GOCO, and leverages the preliminary engineering study discussed above, funded by DOLA, EPRD and Evergreen Metropolitan District. The planning process is anticipated to begin in May 2017 and to be completed in late fall 2017.
Once a long-term multimodal system is preliminarily designed and planned, the last step will be to move forward to final design and engineering for the long-term, multimodal system for the North Lake Trail. This Final Design & Engineering project is planned to begin in CDOT’s FY2018.
Project updates are provided to the EPRD Board of Directors during the monthly board meetings. Click here to see schedule of meetings and meeting minutes.