surprised if she beckons you to play outside! “As a child my mom would send me
outdoors and tell me to find something
to keep busy,” says Andrew McWilliams
of RE/MAX Alliance Foothills Offices.
“That’s easy to do in Evergreen because
we have a multitude of open space parks,
trails, the lake, creeks, rivers and streams.
We live in a year-round playground.”
Fit for Life
Although Evergreen truly offers something for everyone—even in the dead of
winter, there are plenty of indoor options
to keep its residents (and visitors!) healthy.
The Evergreen Park & Recreation District
( www.evergreenrecreation.com) rivals any
its size in terms of opportunities to get fit,
stay fit and just have fun.
Located in North Evergreen, Buchanan
Park Recreation Center boasts one of the
state’s largest climbing pinnacles. At
41 feet, it pulls climbers from outside
the town who are looking to practice
until the weather breaks enough for an
The Natural Environment
When you look at the healthiest towns
across America, the residents all have
expansive outdoor lives. They spend
time walking, hiking, biking and play-ing sports in some form or fashion year
round. It’s not about warm weather—
Colorado frequently makes the top three—
it’s about staying active in ways that feel
like fun, not exercise.
In Evergreen, the town is set up to
incorporate the beauty of nature—from
wildlife and views to water sources and
Open Space—into the design, not as
an aside. Evergreen Lake, golf courses
( www.keysonthegreen.net and http://
hiwan.com), Hiwan Homestead (jeffco.
us/open-space/parks/hiwan-homestead-museum), Evergreen Nature Center
( www.evergreenaudubon.org) and countless parks all highlight the best of the
outdoors that existed before Evergreen
was ever on the map.
When you live in Evergreen, you’re
a child of Mother Nature, so don’t be
al fresco ascent. The center also features
a 3,200-square-foot weight room and
Residents and nonresidents can also
enjoy the leisure pool, two-story water
slide, dry sauna, two 25-yard lap lanes,
hot tub and other amenities, including a
drop-in childcare center for children five
weeks to six years old.
Buchanan Park Recreation Center’s sister facility, Wulf Recreation Center, lies in
the heart of Evergreen. It features a six-lane, 25-yard lap pool, a fitness room and
1,600-square-foot cardio/weight room, a
dance studio, basketball/volleyball gym
and a state-of-the-art gymnastics area.
Half-day and full-day childcare is available and military, youth and senior discounts are available.
The Park & Rec District runs a program
called “Experience Colorado,” which
offers snowshoeing, cross country skiing
and outdoor adventure hikes around the
Rocky Mountain Region.
The District also hosts the Evergreen
Trail Racing Series, a five-race series of
EVERGREEN RESIDENTS’ TO-DO lists tend to look
a little different than other parts of the country:
1. Get snowshoes restrung.
2. Register for organic cooking class.
3. Sign up to volunteer at concert series.
4. Bring new neighbors local honey.
5. Climb another fourteener.
It’s not that moving to 7,220 feet suddenly makes
you more friendly and motivated, but rather, living
in Evergreen just naturally makes for a happier
and healthier lifestyle.
Here are a few examples of how locals find it so
easy to keep physically, mentally and emotionally
well with small-town, mountain living.
Five Ways Evergreen Makes It Easy