Wednesday Ralston Road Recreation Center Meeting

by John Kiljan

Dear CLRC members and friends, 

Rec Center Survey Box

Rec Center Survey Box

Curious about the results of the recreation center survey that was circulated in May and June?  You can find out what those survey results were by attending an open-house meeting on Wednesday evening at the food bank.

The survey was sparked by the Arvada City Council setting aside $3.1 million in its 2013/2014 budget for a recreation facility near the Garrison Street park.  The recreation center, if it is built, is intended to serve the neighborhoods that were once served by the Fisher pool and the adjacent recreation facility that used to house an ice skating rink.

During the five-week survey period approximately 300 surveys were collected and turned over to our consultant for tabulation.  And it’s those results that should be available on Wednesday night.  The meeting will have an open-house format, but there may also be some short presentations. 

The meeting will also be a chance to put questions to City staff and to fill out comment cards on what you believe are our neighborhood’s most important recreational needs. 

The gathering will be held at the Arvada Community Food Bank at 8555 W 57th Avenue on Wednesday, July 24th at 6:00 pm.  All are welcome and you can bring your children with you.  We’ll be meeting in the food donation sorting area, so we do ask that you supervise your children while you are there.


Rec Cemter Survey Form

Rec Cemter Survey Form — click to enlarge

 WHERE TO FIND OUT MORETo find out more about the importance of the survey in a question-and-answer format, have a look at our earlier CLRC article at

The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community regularly posts information on its website at 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

July 21, 2013

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2 Responses to Wednesday Ralston Road Recreation Center Meeting

  1. Cindi Kreutzer says:

    Fascinating Kiljan. Any idea why nobody with a survey ever came to my house s few blocks away? I am home virtually 24/7. Or was the survey done other than a door to door format? Is this a project of CLRC or the City of Arvada?

  2. You wrote:
    “Fascinating Kiljan. Any idea why nobody with a survey ever came to my house s few blocks away? I am home virtually 24/7. Or was the survey done other than a door to door format? Is this a project of CLRC or the City of Arvada?”


    In answer to your question I would like to give you some background. CLRC has been working several years on the return of recreation to the area we all know as the triangle. This effort truly started to take hold once Mark Deven became the city manager. You may know that his background is as a parks and rec director. At our annual meeting two years ago Mr Deven heard loud and clear that recreation must return to the triangle. At the meeting he committed to doing his best to make that happen. Through many meetings and lobbying of our city council, CLRC along with Shelley Cook and Mark Deven, were able to convince our city council to devote over 3 million dollars in the 2012 budget workshops to recreation in the triangle. That money was contingent on redevelopment occurring and a redevelopment project being accepted by the council.

    To be clear about this money, it is from the general fund and is from last year’s budget. The money already exists and is not waiting for some future tax to be collected or a new tax to be implemented. This is also separate from APEX PRD.

    This brings us to the needs survey.

    With the impending application of a redevelopment project John Kiljan and I, along with the CLRC steering committee thought that we should better understand what the recreational needs of the community were. We contacted a company called Radian ( to see if they would be interested in our project. They specialize in community outreach as well as helping to find funding for these types of projects. We approached them with a rough idea of what we needed done and they have executed a plan that they proposed. We applied to the city for a grant to cover the costs of that needs assessment and Mr Deven agreed to cover the costs with CLRC making in kind contribution in terms of work that John and I along with our steering committee have been able to do.

    The survey was conducted both on paper and online. Radian hired a local resident named Warren Miller to distribute about 1000 surveys. These were delivered to homes close to Ralston Road and also around the triangle area. I am sorry if your home did not receive one, however, it is costly to have these hand delivered so we had to keep the number of delivered surveys relatively low. We also had “Take One” boxes at both Wolff Park and on the Brooks Drive side of Ralston Central Park. There were numerous postings on our website and We also made postings to our facebook page and the Growing up in Arvada page. We mailed our private readership as well. We think we made a solid effort at reaching as many members of our community as we possibly could given the budget and time constraints we had to work with.

    This is a CLRC initiated project that has been a long time in the making. We are committed to the principal of returning recreation to the triangle. We would certainly welcome you on Wednesday night and invite you to share your thoughts regarding a new triangle rec center.

    T.O. Owens

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