Skate the Lake

Skate the Lake December 31, 2017


In 1996 DRIVE SMART’s co-founder and executive director Cheryl Ladd along with several volunteers, produced the first alcohol-free family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, titled Skate the Lake.  Since then, DRIVE SMART has proudly provided this annual signature event to the community as a safe way to celebrate the new year.  In that time, we have not experienced a single alcohol related fatality in our communities on this notoriously dangerous night for driving.

Over the years many families have made a tradition of gathering at the Evergreen Lakehouse to skate, roast marshmallows, play pick up hockey, enjoy the music, the community, and the fireworks shows, while cheering in the New Year.

DRIVE SMART is committed to our mission of preventing transportation related fatalities, injuries and crashes, and will be using our critical resources to explore opportunities for increasing our scope and impact in ways which speak directly to this important work.  As we increase our focus on making our life saving programs more robust than ever, the administrative staff and board of directors recently decided to suspend our stewardship of Skate the Lake.

The good news is, the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce has agreed to produce Skate the Lake this year and into the future, providing a portion of the proceeds to DRIVE SMART’s programs.  We are thrilled to see this iconic event in our community continue under the auspices of the Chamber, and are confident it will be a huge success!

We thank you for your steadfast support of DRIVE SMART and our mission.  Together we will continue to ensure safe driving within Evergreen and throughout Colorado.  This is our enduring commitment to the communities in which we live, work and play.

For information regarding this year’s Skate the Lake please visit the link below.



Slide show




New Year’s Eve Fireworks – Boston has nothing on Evergreen when it comes to fireworks!



Spend your New Year’s Eve on Evergreen Lake, one of CNN’s Top 10 most beautiful ice skating rinks.




As a resident of the Upper Bear Creek area, I would like to congratulate Drive Smart, EPRD, and the Jeffco Sheriff Dept. on having an outstandingly successful event at the Lakehouse on New Year’s Eve. … as spectacular as one could get. Record attendance, winter break, winter driving conditions, fireworks, New Year’s Eve drivers and celebrators, and a totally successful parking solution with the cooperation and coordination of the above mentioned parties. THANK YOU so much! What a lovely evening! And how pleasant it was for those of us whose main ingress and egress is driving by the Lakehouse. …DRIVE SMART has taught us all how these large events can also include a PARK SAFE solution.  –  S.S.


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