Kate Mondragon has not only been a resident of the community for more than 35 years, but she's helped to define community. For years she's been a mover and shaker in the Kittredge area -- with parks, recreation, signage and building a sense of community. She's been active on the board of the Kittredge Civic Association and participates in the annual events such as Canyonfest, the Easter Egg Hunt, holiday hayrides, and neighborhood cleanups.
The existence of Kittredge Park is due to her initiating discussions with Dick Wulf at the Evergreen Park and Recreation District about what might be done with a tiny vacant lot. Discussions with Jefferson County Open Space ensued, and playground equipment is in place because she pressed for it to be installed. It's since become a popular gathering place for youngsters and their parents -- a place to swing on swings, a flat piece of ground with a paved path for learning to ride a bike, or a sunny spot to have picnics and birthday parties.
In part because of Kate, a small building in the neighborhood has become a sort of community center -- a gathering place for board meetings and even small social events; it is owned by the Kittredge Civic Association.
Signs greeting motorists headed up Bear Creek from Morrison – "Welcome to the Heart of Bear Creek Canyon" -- are there because of Kate's drive and determination. She's one of those people who sees a need and sets out to find a way to address that need.
Professionally, Kate has been a Realtor for more than 30 years and hangs her shingle with ReMax Alliance. And her website expresses her feelings about her long-term plans: EvergreenForLife.com !