by John Kiljan
Dear CLRC members and friends,
We’re waiting for your vote. What would you like to see included in a new recreation center built to serve the neighborhoods that were once served by the old Fisher Pool and the adjacent ice rink and sports facility? Read on to find out how you and your neighbors can tell the City what would best serve the central Ralston Road neighborhoods.
At least 50 people attended the first recreation center ‘Listening Meeting’ held in City Hall on May 7th. That open house was held not only to ask about preferences, but it was also a chance for participants to put questions to City staff about local recreational development and to leave comments to be included in a report to the City Council later this summer.
HOW DO YOU GET A SAY IF YOU MISSED THE KICK-OFF MEETING?
There are two ways to have a say in the future of your neighborhood. The first is to fill out an online survey using your home computer. Essentially it is the survey that was used at the May 7th open house. It’s simple to do and should take up about four minutes of your time. Here’ s a click-on link to let you do that:
Or cut-and-paste this link:
The second way is to fill out a paper survey form and return it to the City. This should be helpful in getting your neighbors who might not have computer access to respond. We’ll be distributing a number of these surveys door-to-door, but our resources are limited and you can also print out a copy (or as many copies as you have neighbors) by going to this link:
and then clicking on the “Recreation Center Survey” link on that page.
Or, you can download the file directly into your Adobe Reader by clicking on this link:
Instructions for returning the form are printed at its top.
The surveys will close on June 14th. We can take comments after that. And we can take comments at a wrap-up meeting that we are planning to hold at the Arvada Community Food Bank (the old library) on Wednesday, July 24th, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The food bank’s address is 8555 W 57th Avenue.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTERWARD?
We expect the survey results to be given to the Arvada City Council sometime in late July or early September. But we’re not stopping there. If the City does go through with
the creation of a recreation center, additional public feedback will be needed. We’re hoping to set up a community advisory board to help with that. There’s a place on our survey to indicate if you are interested in providing more input in the future.
WHY IS THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION AND THE CITY DOING ALL THIS?
A new recreation center is starting to look increasingly likely as City planners look for ways of drawing new users into the run-down shopping centers collectively known as the Triangle. Over the last few years the City has invested millions of dollars in redoing the drainage along Ralston Creek to take those shopping centers out of the flood plain and to rebuild the park at Garrison Street and Ralston Road.
As a side benefit, the new flood control work means that scores of private homes near the park will no longer be in danger of flooding. That makes those homes more affordable to live in because of lower insurance costs. Similarly, few commercial developers were willing to build in the old flood plain.
Getting people to come to a redeveloped Triangle will be an essential part of its economic viability — and retail and new housing alone may not be able to do that. That’s why the City is increasingly looking at a recreation center as an investment in the redevelopment of the neighborhood that could be nearly as important as all that flood control work we’ve seen along Ralston Creek and the Van Bibber Creek.
In mid-2012 the City set aside $3.1 million for its 2013/2014 budget to build a recreation center. That money’s availability is contingent upon other development in the Triangle.
Reasonably enough, the City wants to know what should be included in a new recreation center to draw visitors to the Triangle. That’s where we come in. The old Fisher Pool and adjacent sports facility are estimated to have served between 7000 and 9000 homes. The more surveys that are completed and returned to the City, the more support we show for our neighborhoods. And, the more surveys we able to complete, the more accurate an idea the City will have to determine what features to include in a new recreation center.
The Listening Meeting photos are courtesy of Radian Resources.
WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
Have a look at our previous article on the rec center listening meetings at
It has a list of commonly asked questions about the surveys.
The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community regularly posts information on its website at http://www.ralstoncommunity.org/ as it becomes available. Or you can friend us on Facebook. Our Facebook name is “CLRC Arvada”.
John Kiljan, CLRC Notes: 303-423-9875 or email@example.com
May 14, 2013