getting a trail (including street lights, sig-
nage, etc.) through downtown along Bear
Creek. “If one part of Evergreen succeeds, it
all succeeds,” said Jachimek.
To better promote Evergreen, Evergreen
Downtown Business Association, Evergreen Chamber, Evergreen Park & Recreation District, and Evergreen Arts & Cultural Alliance purchased a collective Lariat
Loop Legacy Membership. The Lariat Loop®
Byway ( www.lariatloop.org) is an historic
40-mile journey through 1.7 billion years of
time — from dinosaurs to lattes.
Evergreen Downtown Business Association
“The successful partnership between The
Evergreen Chamber and Evergreen Park &
Recreation District (EPRD) was the big-
gest collaboration of 2011,” said Evergreen
Chamber’s Events and Membership Man-
ager Kris Grimshaw. “When Lin first came
on board, she asked lots of questions about
Evergreen’s functionality and was told that
EPRD was more or less the ‘unofficial cen-
ter of the town.’”
Consequently, because Grimshaw taught
indoor cycling classes at EPRD for six years,
she called EPRD Manager Ellen O’Connor
to arrange a meeting with Browning.
“Cycling is big in Evergreen and the U.S.
Hand Cycling Federation is based in town,”
said Grimshaw. “Although Team Evergreen
is the only local cycling group, EPRD’s Scott
Robson is working to put a youth cycling
group together. Evergreen Chamber would
love to partner with these groups for future
community cycling events.”
EPRD, through its many opportunities for kids and adults, works hard to
keep Evergreen families recreationally
active in their own “backyard.” Likewise, Grimshaw indicated that the family
connection fostered EACC’s partnership
with EPRD and others (e.g. Center for the
Arts Evergreen, JeffCo Schools). Further,
since Browning came on board in January 2011, the Chamber’s focus has been
to tweak annual events to get new people
involved. New experiences with greater
mass-appeal have been added (the fam-ily-oriented Youth and Sports Expo, and
large team events like the Kickball Classic), and for board-game lovers there is
now Evergreenopoly — available for sale
at the Evergreen Chamber office.
“If bread is the ;rst necessity
of life, recreation is a close
— E;;;;; B;;;;;;
The Evergreen Park & Recreation District
(formerly Evergreen Metropolitan Recre-
ation & Park District) won the vote of the
residents on the January 1969 ballot.
“In January 1970 construction began for
Wulf Recreation Center, which opened February 1, 1973, followed by The Evergreen
Lake House (1993), and the Buchanan Recreation Center (2003),” said Ellen O’Connor,
a 33-year park and recreation veteran.
O’Connor manages the District’s Recreation
Division, which includes Buchanan and
Wulf Recreation Centers.
EPRD’s mission is to serve the community and enhance Evergreen’s mountain
character. Its goal is accomplished through
high-quality programs such as: workplace
wellness workout (for businesses and their
employees); activities for infants, children,
adults and seniors; sports (volleyball, soccer,
softball, baseball, tennis); athletics (
gymnastics, aquatics) and general recreation.
With its nonprofit partners/business
sponsors (including Evergreen Chamber of
Commerce, Center for the Arts, and Arts
for the Mountain Community, among others), EPRD promotes a healthy economic
climate through summer concerts and programs at The Lake House (also popular for
photo shoots, walks and visits to Evergreen
Audubon’s Nature Center).
Eric Maul (l) and Sam Smith with ‘Bob the Dinosaur’
“Collaborations reflect a positive experience for anyone living and/or visiting our
mountain area. If people are enjoying their
time here, they will come back — and also
tell others,” said O’Connor.
Evergreen Park and Recreation (EPRD)
Echoing inquiries from members,
Browning raised the question of establishing multi-chamber discounts to executives
from the Chambers of Golden, Arvada, West
and Conifer. The Conifer Area Chamber,
also located in unincorporated JeffCo, was
receptive. Now both Chambers offer a 10
percent discount for dual membership at all
The Evergreen and Conifer Area Chambers each serve as a visitor center for their
communities, lead tourism efforts, provide
members and local businesses with educa-tion/resources and interactive opportunities,
and offer legislative representation at local,
state and national levels. The Conifer Chamber also organizes its community’s annual
“Lin and I, both former school teachers, are very supportive of each other,”
explained Dawn Smith, executive director
of the Conifer Chamber, which was established in 1979.