Adult fitness enthusiasts experience Strength Camp, Zumba,
Body Shredding, conditioning and core workouts. For those seeking a mind/body class, a variety of yoga and Pilates classes are
taught, as is Therapeutic Tai Chi. For the bold and beautiful, try
women’s belly dancing classes. Hand and racquetball courts, car-dio/weight rooms and circuit training with the latest equipment
are available. At the pools, aquatic fans take Water Walking, Vor-texercise and Aqua Zumba classes.
For those eager to be outdoors, an adventure program shuttles
adult groups to a variety of hiking trails throughout the state,
crossing terrains ranging from easy to difficult. On snowy months,
cross-country skiing excursions are offered. Mountain biking programs, outdoor climbing classes and nature-themed hikes are also
available. For the competitive athlete, Evergreen Trail Races are
a special mountain experience, or attend the unique after-hours
Family 5K Glow Run with glow-in-the-dark necklaces, a campfire
and s’mores. There are even several dog-training classes for you
and your pooch.
The SilverSneakers program helps seniors stay fit with a variety of courses including the unique Evergreen Pickleball and Ping
Pong. “Pickleball makes me laugh,” says Cherie Peterson. “It brings
fit and upbeat people into my life [through] competitive, friendly
play.” Private personal training sessions and massage therapy with
skilled and certified staff are also available.
Cultural excursions for adults wanting to explore favorite local
areas such as the Butterfly Pavilion, Colorado History Museum and
Ameristar Casino in Black Hawk are offered. New area resident
Kari Miller says, “The outings are very accommodating for seniors.
We liked exploring Chautauqua Dining Hall in Boulder and visiting
Old Town Littleton was fun.”
For those with special needs, there’s bowling, dancing, stretch-
ing, fun games and numerous outings. Participants enjoy visits to
Go Paint, a paint-it-yourself pottery studio, food and entertainment
at Casa Bonita and special holiday theater outings.
In an agreement with Denver Mountain Parks, the District offers
numerous activities and events at the glorious Evergreen Lake.
Summer paddle boarders explore the lake, as do boaters in variety
of rental or personal boats. Sailing lessons are offered and sun-
rise to sunset fishing is accessible from shores, boats and decks,
and from a handicapped pier. Many brides and grooms find the
Evergreen Lake House and deck an ideal setting for their wedding
and reception. Come winter, the lakeside Audubon Nature Center
becomes the warming hut and lake ice-skating and pond hockey
are enjoyed. Everyone from school groups to private parties skate
on the lake. Hardy fishermen drill holes for ice fishing and cel-
ebrators welcome the holidays with the Evergreen Downtown
Business Association’s Holiday Walk and Tree Lighting and Drive
Smart’s Skate the Lake New Year’s Eve and Day skating, fireworks
and Lake Plunge events.
The collaborative efforts of current and previous Rec District staff
with multiple entities to mutually manage and maintain a wide
range of properties and programs are impressive. In addition to
organizations already mentioned, the District works with Evergreen Metropolitan District, Jeffco Open Space and Downtown
Evergreen Economic District (DEED). With Center for the Arts
Evergreen it hosts the popular Summerfest fine arts and crafts festival at Buchanan Park. Those who attend enjoy a weekend with
100 artists, live music and the popular Palette of the Brews tasting
event. Evergreen Audubon celebrates one of the most popular
Earth Day events in Colorado with a District-sponsored Earth Day
Fair, and the Rec District supports six mountain-area fire departments at the popular Big Chili Cook-Off, an annual chili-tasting,
live music and firefighter obstacle course event.
Also popular is the Chamber’s Community Appreciation Party.
Marketing Manager Lisa Hamm-Greenawalt says, “We do everything we can to help.” They also host the favorite Summer Concert Series. These free concerts convene every other Wednesday
at Evergreen Lake House Park where all ages enjoy a wide variety
of music and the opportunity to picnic in a beautiful mountain
setting. EAS+Y helps with Zero Waste at these and many other
In September 2016, Leadership Evergreen and numerous other
local organizations hosted a “longest picnic table ever” event at
Buchanan Park, breaking the Guinness Book of World Record’s pre-
Colorado Lottery fund support parks, open space and recreation
projects and the Evergreen Recreation & Park Foundation fund-
raises for the District.
The EPRD provides endless ways to enjoy yourself because there
truly is something for everyone.
Jane DeJonghe is a freelance writer focusing on nature, mountain living and haiku.
Her haiku have been included in the anthologies Lifting the Sky, Southwestern
Haiku and Haiga and Oh Sister, My Sister, An Anthology of Sisterhood. Contact
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