The first renderings for what the bathrooms will look like at Long Lake Ranch Regional Park are out. What a tremendous benefit this will be to all of those that visit the site. Our efforts toward collaborating and completing this project date back to 2010.
I have been associated with the Apex Park and Recreation District board now for 8 years and I see storm clouds looming on the horizon with regard to youth sports facilities in our area. I feel we have become complacent and are overlooking some needs and priorities with regard to youth sports facilities. My real concern here is my premise that youth sports is a tremendous growing and teaching experience for youth and the failure to provide adequate facilities will erode this experience.
Here are three concerns:
1) Our 50 meter pool (Meyers Pool) has sustained significant structural water damage this last year and estimates are that 10 years are all that we can expect to obtain from it. Unfortunately this 10 year window sits right in the middle of our district bond “cycle” assuming the bonds that built the Apex center are renewed. Although our facility is a 50 meter pool it does not come with all of the current amenities like an acceptable diving depth at both ends and a warm-up & warm-down pool for competitive swimming. A good example of a new facility can be seen at 136th and Holly St. in Thornton Colorado (http://www.adams12.org/athletics_vmac).
Adams County Veterans Memorial Aquatics Facility
It is my current position that a replacement needs to be considered to prevent a severe disruption to this youth sport in our community and the current location may not have enough acreage to accommodate a replacement.
2) The youth baseball indoor batting and training facility is going away. Given the popularity of the sport in our area and state and the value that this youth sport has ingrained in our society (“America’s past time”) I feel that a new training facility for important youth sport should be in the planning stages. The Apex PRD district is prevented by statute from building and operating a batting cage but an indoor training facility could be adjacent to one.
3) Although midget football and American football in general is a part of our weekends we do not have an artificial turf field for youth to play on in case of inclement weather. There are full size turf fields around at our local high schools that are utilized but none exist for those that play on smaller sized fields. I feel that this is also a gap with regard to how important this youth sport is to our community.
These three concerns obviously need to be measured against the other priorities of our district and what may be available in the private sector. There are a number of for-profit workout and recreation facilities so a good balance must always be obtained.
Colorado celebrates its 137 birthday today. Congrats. Curious to know about Colorado’s journey to statehood…..read more
…..there is an internet domain and website asking residents not to vote for you when you haven’t even announced your running for office………….. (www.jimwhitfield.com)
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The Arvada splash pad plans are out. Here is an architectural overhead view of the Arvada Splash Pad:
The following features will be a part of our splashpad: Bollard Activator, Water Jelly, Rooster Tail, Spray Loops, Ground Geyser, Ground Gusher, Cattail, Water Loop, Water Leaf, Fumbling Five, Waterbug, Aqualien Flower Power, Bullfrog, and two Watergarden Frogs. More about these fantastic features can be found at http://www.vortex-intl.com/en/splashpad-products.htm
I can’t wait to see them here in our Park.Jim
This is how government should work at all levels
For you moderates out there here is a link to a 2005 free report to the public on the health risks to the public at the Rocky Flats Site (REFTS). They provide a good history and background report. Not too long. Not too short. Some very nice tables and figures. The conclusions start on page 76 if you want to jump ahead.
Congratulations to Mullen Hockey for earning their first ever winning CHSAA season record and for earning a place in the CHSAA state hockey playoffs.
Last night we previewed the first draft programming and layout plans for the proposed recreation center that would primarily serve the Eastern portion of Arvada from its South to North border. The site plan was very impressive and offers aquatics (lap and recreational), a gymnasium, a running track, fitness area, and potentially a sky diving training feature that could possibly be funded and operated by a private for-profit entity.
The architecture would be very similar to the Arvada Center campus to the North and offers a very nice connecting pathway between the two sites and the planned outside sculpture garden. Director Mike Miles described an optional running track with banked corners and one end of the track would be all glass with gorgeous views of the Denver skyline.
All of the programming elements and any other recreational items for a possible 2014 bond election to “renew” the bonds that built the Apex center will be coming out to the public soon so please keep an eye out for the announcement. Truly exciting times for Apex and Arvada !
I see some very encouraging signs with regard to our getting the C-470 beltway completed. I feel that a collaborative environment is brewing amongst all of the stake-holders in the project. Why ?
1) The recent study (Jeffco takes wide view Golden Transcript 12-13-2012)initiated by the Jefferson County Commissioners is a great venue for incorporating and re-justifying the need for the Jefferson Parkway to be completed. Just like urban renewal investments I see this study and the parkway as an investment for job growth and the economic viability for the future of our region.
2) CDOT have announced an accounting change that will enable them to utilize nearly 1.5 Billion in unallocated capital for transportation improvements. This may include private / public partnerships and investment capital to help get projects started. The construction of the parkway will create 1,000′s of jobs.
3) The rhetoric has softened from all sides and I see an improving climate for this project to get accomplished to the benefit of nearly all of the stake holders. The future economic development from the parkway infrastructure will create 10,000+ permanent jobs for our region.