by John Kiljan
Dear CLRC members and friends,
What recreational facilities will be available to the central Ralston Road neighborhoods in the next eight years? A clue to that will come at tomorrow’s (June 21st) meeting of the Apex Board of Directors. That’s when Apex’s Vision 2020 Committee makes its much-anticipated district-wide recommendations to the Apex Board.
The meeting will be held in the Randall Room of the Apex Center at 6:30 pm on Thursday night. Attendees should be able to find out what is (and is not) being planned for our neighborhoods by the park and recreation district. This will be the committee’s first presentation. Rumors are that the 2020 plan will prominently feature a new Eastside Recreation Center adjacent to the Arvada Center that will serve the neighborhoods east of Wadsworth Boulevard and that no replacement will be recommended for the razed Fisher Pool in the proposal.
The Board is not obligated to accept the plan as presented, but several board members have said they will give considerable weight to the committee’s recommendations. The plan is not expected to have implementation funding. However, when approved, the plan should form the basis for a bond and mill-levy ballot issue coming before the voters — possibly as soon as a year or two from now.
The success of the ballot issue may depend upon the support the new plan finds in neighborhoods along the central Ralston Road corridor. When the Apex put up single-issue bond measures to replace the Fisher Pool in 2003 and 2006, they enjoyed wide local support but failed citywide. Few other regions of district wanted to pay for a community pool they were unlikely to use.
The concept of bringing back a community pool still enjoys widespread support along the central Ralston Road corridor. If the Board accepts a plan that does not meet local recreational needs, that situation may be reversed and there may be limited support for the bond issue in the area.
The 20-plus member Vision 2020 Committee is a holdover from a committee that met seven years ago to make recommendations for a 15-year development plan for the district. Much of those recommendations were later changed to accommodate the reconstruction of the park at Garrison Street. Our neighborhoods’ single representative on the Vision 2020 Committee was Arvada City Council member Shelley Cook who was actually representing the City along with Councilor Rachel Zenzinger.
Thursday’s Board meeting is open to the public who may sign up to speak at the beginning of the meeting. There is a five-minute limit.
WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
If you miss this meeting and are still interested in Apex’ s plans, you may want to attend Rachel Zenzinger’s Councilor on Your Corner meeting on Tuesday, July 10th, at the Indian Tree Golf Club at 6:30 pm. It is primarily intended for Council District 1 (Lake Arbor) residents, but the meeting is open to all. The meeting will feature an update on the Vision 2020 Plan by Apex Executive Director Mike Miles.
Also, the Arvada City Council is expected to review the Vision 2020 Plan at a Council workshop scheduled for Monday August 13th. The workshop is open to the public; however, the Council does not normally accept public comment at its workshop meetings.
The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community regularly posts information on its website at http://www.ralstoncommunity.org/ when it becomes available. Or you can friend us on Facebook. Our name is ‘Ralston Arvada.’
John Kiljan, CLRC Notes: 303-423-9875 or firstname.lastname@example.org