April 6, 2011
by John Kiljan
The City of Arvada is hosting an open-house meeting tonight for input on what recreational facilities should go into the new Arvada K-8 Park to be located on the unused track field at Ralston Road and Carr Street.
A series of three “We Need to Hear From You!” meetings — each intended to build on the other — begins tonight at 6:30 pm in the adjacent Arvada K-8 School auditorium.
Despite many requests by local residents, City Staff has flatly rejected rebuilding the Fisher Pool at its old Garrison Street location saying that there is no longer enough space above the floodplain to locate a pool there.
When asked if a replacement Fisher Pool is on the table for the new Arvada K-8 Park, District 3 Arvada City Council member Shelley Cook responded with an enthusiastic “Yes!” saying that it largely depended upon the public input received at these meetings.
Other concepts for the new K-8 Park have been proposed by local residents: They include an expansion the Arvada community gardens into the new space using the City’s ditchwater rights, dedicating the east half of the “horseshoe” that goes around the Arvada Community Food Bank (the old library) to increase the park’s available space, and including an outdoor ice skating/hockey rink in the new space to replace the one removed from the Garrison Street park when the Apex Center was built by North Jeffco farther to the west.
WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
The City does not yet have a website set up for the park’s development issues. However, a discussion by the City Council that include budget and ownership issues associated with the new park can be found at the Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community (CLRC’s) website by clicking on this link:
Or, residents may call Mike Lee, the point person for the City of Arvada on this project, at 720-898-7390 for more information.
John Kiljan, CLRC News: 303-423-9875 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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