by: Kristine Hanson Farley
The Apex Board of Directors meets in the evening of June 21, 2012, to conduct their regular business meeting, and to hear the recommendations of the Vision 2020 Committee.
Randy Greenwood presented the Vision 2020 Committee Report, is a report of recommendations gathered by 28 Arvada citizens, charged with determining the best way to map out the how to best meet our cities recreation needs over the next 8 years. These folks volunteered 162 hours over four months for the purpose of giving Arvada tax payers
the biggest bang for their buck. Here’s what they determined:
The committee feels that these projects are the best bets to serve Arvada’s needs:
Wadsworth Recreation Center – Using the vacant property at 68th & Wadsworth near the Arvada Center, a “multi-generational” recreation center is proposed as a collaborative effort with the City of Arvada
Apex Center Upgrades to the aquatics & indoor playground areas.
Long Lake Ranch Phase II – additional sports fields, restrooms & concessions
Lutz Field Reconfiguration – reconfigure into 2 four field complexes with restrooms & concessions
The committee also recommends
Continue discussion of eventual replacement of Meyers Pool in the next 10 years.
Other projects (Tennis Center, Apex Expansion to include additional ice rink & field house, Apex Outdoor Aquatic Center) should be held over for future consideration “when the timing is appropriate.”
Lastly, the committee recommends that the following projects be “dropped:”
South Area Outdoor Pool Proposal (HOA concept, 50 person capacity)
South Arvada Recreation Center
East Side Recreation Center – replacing Secrest Site
North Table Mountain – Apple Meadows Park Renovation
What this all boils down to is – no outdoor pool is being considered for the southern portion of Arvada in the foreseeable future. Many Ralston corridor residents will be disappointed to hear this news, and call out a resounding, “WHY did you take our pool, and have no plans to replace it?!”
The short answer, according to the committee, is that outdoor summer pools cannot be maintained and operated and break even. The pool this committee considered is a small neighborhood style pool, and would only accommodate 50 people at a time. Even this small pool could only be open 3 months a year at the longest with Colorado’s climate,
and in order to stay in the black, fees for residents for use would be too exorbitant. Furthermore, the committee was trying to provide project recommendations that would benefit all Arvada residents, not just those in a specific neighborhood.
Many people might wonder, “If small pools are so costly, how do so many neighborhood developments have neighborhood pools?” The answer is that neighborhood developments have HOAs and their fees pay for amenities such as a pool. They also only allow residents of that neighborhood to use the pool, not the general public.