AS EARLY AS 1956, a group of Evergreen neighbors formed an association to discuss area recreation. In January 1969, things got more formal with the local residents voting to authorize
the Evergreen Metropolitan Recreation and Park
District. It wasn't until 1992 that the name was
changed to what we now know as the Evergreen
Park and Recreation District (EPRD).
After entering into a land lease agreement with
Jefferson County Schools, and passing a bond,
the first recreation center, including a swimming
pool, was built. By 1972, the District served about 4,000 people.
Dick Wulf, the District’s first official employee, worked passionately
for the District for 40 years. His extraordinarily successful achieve-
ments live on. Today, the EPRD, one of the largest recreation dis-
tricts in the state, covers 78 square miles and serves 22,000 people.
From 75 acres of parkland on 15 different land parcels, the District manages numerous multipurpose and ball fields, picnic and
playgrounds and six tennis courts. At both the Wulf and Buchanan
Recreation Centers, there are swimming pools, gyms, weight rooms
and classrooms. Throughout the community 230 miles of district
hiking and biking trails are available.
FUN FOR ALL AGES
The District offers a wide variety of programs for children, young
people, adults, seniors and those with special needs. Preschool and
kindergarten programs, including school break camps, are available
for children aged three to six. Before and after-school enrichment
programs, teaching everything from dance, to chess,
to cooking and drawing are offered to grade-school-
ers and child care is available at The Playschool for
children five weeks to six years of age.
Diane Levien, a mother and former preschool
teacher says, “The Rec Center’s before- and after-school care are a blessing to parents and teachers.”
Both centers host all levels of swim lessons, water
exercise classes, lifeguard training and competitive
swim teams for all ages. The two-story waterslide
is a favorite at Buchanan Pool, which is a popular
location for both birthday parties and everyday fun. The gymnastics program includes learning and competitive opportunities for
preschoolers to teenagers. Grandmother Hannah Hayes takes her
grandson for Tumblebugs. “Kai so enjoys all the fun gymnastics
equipment,” she says.
Also popular are these martial arts: jujitsu, karate and tai chi.
Specialized programs are offered for tweens and teens and climb-
ing classes for ages 4 to 19 are available at the Buchanan Center’s
41-foot climbing pinnacle. For dancers aged 2 to 18, jazz, ballet and
tap classes are taught at the Evergreen Dance Center.
There are opportunities for young boys and girls to learn 10 different types of ball sports and play on a wide variety of teams,
even cheerleading. Outdoors, Denver Archery teaches all levels of
archery and both skateboarders and observers enjoy the skateboard
park. The centers host private parties after hours, which include
gymnasium, pool and climbing wall rentals. They even offer rooms
for overnight sleepovers.
BUCHANAN RECREATION CEN TER
DA COMMUNITY CREATION By Jane DeJonghe