Apex PRD receives Arvada Chamber “Behind the Scenes” award

Apex PRD Board of Directors

Apex PRD Board of Directors and Kami Welch, Arvada Chamber President.

The Apex Park and Recreation District received the Arvada Chamber’s “Behind the Scenes Award” at their annual dinner last Friday.  I and my fellow Board members Tommy Skul, Kristen Larington, and Lee Humrich were glad to accept this award on behalf of the District staff that have worked so hard “behind the scenes” to make Arvada and the Apex District the best Recreation provider possible.   It is through the work ethic and leadership of Director Mike Miles, his management team, and staff that our District continues to provide what I feel is fantastic and comprehensive recreational options to our District.

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2015 Colorado SDA Legistlators guide

jim-whitfield-for-apex-board-of-directors - CopyThe following document provides and excellent overview of who, what, and how Colorado Special Districts serve the citizens of our great State !!

Legislators Guide Updated Jan 2015

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Public meetings announcement to gather public input

apex-park-and-recreation-district-board-of-directorsApex Park and Recreation District is hosting a series of public meetings to gather public input on elements of the district’s community recreation master plan. Also on the table for discussion is a possible strategy to finance these projects by extending the district’s current $25 million revenue bond, approved by voters in 1998 to finance the Apex Center and several other projects. The bond is set to expire in 2017. If voters chose to extend it, the action would not incur any new taxes.

The first of three meetings is scheduled for 6:30 pm on Thursday, January 29 at the Apex Center, 13150 W. 72nd Avenue, Arvada, CO.

The 2nd on Thursday, February 26 – Apex Field House (5720 Oak St.), 6:30 pm

The 3rd on Thursday, March 26 – Community Recreation Center (6842 Wadsworth Blvd), 6:30 pm

These meetings are an important step in an extensive information-gathering process that began several years ago. Vision 2020, a volunteer citizen panel, studied the district’s facilities and current community recreation needs, and in 2012, recommended new priorities for improving current facilities and building others. In 2013, more community outreach took place when Greenplay, LLC, an independent organization specializing in parks and recreation planning, compiled community feedback using a number of methods, including a survey, to determine the public’s community recreation needs and preferences. At the three public meetings, citizens are invited to learn about and comment on the master plan elements and finance strategy, and discuss their own priorities for quality, affordable and accessible community recreation. Citizen input is a vital component of quality community recreation throughout the planning process – please bring all your ideas and feedback! There will be ample time for discussion and individual input.

If the January 29 date doesn’t fit your schedule, the next two meetings are 6:30 pm Thursday, February 26 at the Apex Field House, 5724 Oak Street, Arvada, CO, and 6:30 pm Thursday, March 26 at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada, CO. For more information on the master plan, or the information gathering process up to this point, contact Luann Levine, luannl@apexprd.org or 303-403-2518.

 

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January 6, 2014 Apex / City of Arvada Study Session material.

jim-whitfield-for-apex-board-of-directors - CopyDear citizens of Apex. The link to the presentation material for our joint study session can be found here: 2014 Jan 6th Study Session Packet.    The material reviews our existing facilities and their coverage area footprint along with the priorities that were identified in 2005 and 2012 by the Vision 2020 steering committee along with the extensive District wide survey performed by GreenPlay.

We will be holding three public input sessions in the coming months to obtain your input on what you would like to see the Apex Park and Recreation provide on the premise that the bonds that built the Apex Center are renewed.     Please check this site or www.apexprd.org for more information on the meetings.

The primary conclusions I gathered from out study session are as follows:

1) There is support from City Council for the District to go forward with a Bond renewal election.   All parties realize that there are resource and timing constraints (as usual)  but all are dedicated to providing the best solution for the entire City and District.

2) There was a general consensus that East Arvada (Northeast and Southeast)  is under served at present.

3) It is possible that a November 2015 bond election may be the best opportunity although spring and fall of 2016 were also discussed.

4) Meyers pool is a priority for Arvada and Apex and a replacement option (location and funding) needs to be finalized in the next 5 to 10 year time period.    The Apex Center, Stenger/Lutz, and Long Lake ranch were discussed as possible locations for the new 50 meter facility.  Council member Bob Fifer mentioned the new connection under Kipling that will connect to the Stenger Lutz complex and Apex Field House.

5) The Ralston Creek/Arvada Plaza areas are not a viable locations for any Apex recreational facilities at present.

6) Secrest, the existing Meyers pool location, the Pomona Parcel, and the property just east of Indian Tree golf course were all discussed as vaiable options for an East Arvada recreational facility if the District’s constituents feel one is a priority.    A solution for Meyers pool needs to be determined.   Ensuring that all existing and new locations are folded into any future mass transit equations so as to make all facilities as accessible as possible to citizens of the City and District.

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APEX – December 4th Study Session Material

jim-whitfield-for-apex-board-of-directors - CopyWe started our planning for some sort of an election to “renew” the bond issue that built the Apex Center.    Just on the odd chance you wanted to attend our session but had a scheduling conflict I am providing you the presentation material we reviewed.   Please contact Director Miles and any of us on the board if you have any questions or input.Apex-Dec-2014-study-session

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Arvada Youth Sports Volunteer Appreciation Celebration

Untitled-1Yesterday evening was one of my favorite evenings of the entire year.   It was both a blessing and opportunity for us to acknowledge the volunteer efforts of the many citizens within Arvada and the Apex PRD district boundary that help with our many youth sports organizations.   It was privilege to meet with all of the honored volunteers and the Apex staff that are involved in helping organize or provide support to our local youth sports organizations.

Research has shown that in addition to improved physical health, sport plays a primary (positive) role in youth development, including improved academic achievement, higher self-esteem, fewer behavioral problems, and better psychosocial disposition. The essence of sport revolves around the five “C’s”—competence, confidence, connections, character, and caring—which are considered critical components of positive youth development. It has long been thought that the many facets of playing sport—the discipline of training, learning teamwork, following the leadership of coaches and captains, learning to win and lose with dignity—provide lifelong skills that are used on and off the playing field.

Studies have shown that children and youth participating in sport, when compared to peers who do not play sport, exhibit:

  • higher grades, expectations, and attainment;
  • greater personal confidence and self-esteem;
  • greater connections with organizations (i.e. school) and support networks;
  • stronger peer relationships;
  • more academically oriented friends;
  • greater family attachment and more frequent interactions with parents;
  • more restraint in avoiding risky behavior; and
  • greater involvement in volunteer work.

My days as a youth sports dad are dwindling.   Having been involved intensely with youth sports now for nearly 15 years my appreciation has only grown for the volunteers and staff as well as my support for just how important youth sport is for physical, social, and psychological development.

 

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Calling all CSU Alumni and Waterfowl Hunters………..

Please join CSU’s chapter of Ducks Unlimited for their annual Waterfowl Hunter’s Party on Saturday, December 6th.  They will have waterfowl firearms, 30+ Dozen Decoys, a 4 man 1-day Guided Goose Hunt, K2 Coolers, and many other hunting essentials!  Signature Colorado State Ducks Unlimited drinking glasses will be available for $10.  This family friendly event will be one you will not want to miss! Ticket prices increase December 4th so get your tickets now!

CLICK HERE for the best deal on raffle-packages too! (But don’t wait, packages must be purchased by 12/1/14).

Wear Camo in the door and be automatically entered to win a Savage .17 Rifle!

http://www.ducks.org/colorado/events/36055/csu-waterfowl-hunters-party

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CDoT summit to focus on supporting a robust transportation network in Colorado

Agenda: To focus on the nexus between business and transportation and their mutual interest in supporting a robust transportation network in Colorado

This Summit will underscore and strengthen the ties  between the business and transportation communities while demonstrating their common interest in strengthening the economy and effectively moving people and goods.

When:Thursday, November 20th,  2014.

Where: Denver Westin Hotel – Downtown

What: A half day forum beginning with a lunch and keynote speaker followed by a series of breakout sessions.  Following the educational sessions there will be a  exciting networking event in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly networking  after-hours Net90.

Who: The Colorado Department of Transportation, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Competitive Council (C3), Move CO, Colorado Contractors Association (CCA), American Council  of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and many more.

http://www.coloradodot.info/summit

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WSJ – Youth Participation Weakens in Basketball, Football, Baseball, Soccer

jim-whitfield-for-apex-board-of-directors - CopyThis is an alarming development as waning participation will erode the overall physical and mental health of our youth……  It will be vital for our youth organizations to modify their programs and for us to also embrace those programs with increasing participation.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303519404579350892629229918

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Thank you voters……

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The preliminary votes are in.   I have been re-elected !  Thank you to all of you that voted in the Apex Board election and to all of those that provided support to my efforts toward getting re-elected and serve our community and District for another 4 year term.  I am here to serve and listen.

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