Providing Input on Public Recreation Needs

by John Kiljan

Dear neighbors,

If you attended the open house held by the City of Arvada and the Apex Park & Recreation District at Fitzmorris on the 26th, you and about 140 other people have already had an opportunity to fill out survey forms and talk with those who will actually be designing the pool and recreational facility at the Fitzmorris park and school. But what if you weren’t able to attend, or if you are still thinking about what features you’d like to see included in the design? Or, if you have neighbors with their own ideas about what the needs at Fitzmorris are? Or, if you have even more thoughts about the merits of the five other recreational facilities being planned across Arvada as a part of the same bond renewal proposal in May?

It’s not too late to provide input, but it’s a good idea to act promptly – by Monday if you can – as the two public agencies are now tabulating their survey results. Here’s a picture of a sample completed Fitzmorris survey form:

Sample completed form

Sample completed form

Sample Fitz park, pool, rec center comment card

Sample Fitz park, pool, rec center comment card

But your own thoughts might be much different than this respondent’s. So, if you want to have your own thoughts considered, here is a link to a Fitzmorris Center survey form that you can fill out online.

Or, you can go this City link and click on the “Take the Survey” icon.

Or, if you have a friend or relative who is not internet connected, here is a link to a PDF file that you can print out and mail to either public agency – or just carry it down to City Hall and leave it at the at the City Manager’s desk on the third floor.


The place to mail a marked-up City of Arvada Fitzmorris SURVEY & COMMENT CARD is to

Sarah Washburn
Senior Landscape Architect
c/o City of Arvada
P.O. Box 8101
Arvada, CO 80001-8101

Or, you can wait till Monday and just call and ask to talk with Ms Washburn. Her number is 720-898-7391.

But are more ways to provide recreation input in the coming month. Apex also has an online survey for all six of its proposed recreational projects scattered across the city. But you probably won’t want to comment on those until you’ve at least looked at their concept plans. You can see a complete list of the proposed Apex projects, with lots of illustrations, by clicking on this link:

That web page has other useful links including this one to their online survey that polls your overall support for the proposed recreational projects:

Again, if you know someone who does not have internet access, you can print out the Apex six-project survey form for them and then mail the marked-up form to Apex at this address.

Lauri Dannemiller
Executive Director
c/o Apex PRD
13150 W 72nd Avenue
Arvada, CO 80005

And here’s the link to print out the actual Apex six-project survey form:

Apex Bond Issue Public Input Survey

We’re not done. There are still more ways to let the City and Apex know about what you’d like to see in these facilities. On February 8th, the Apex Board of Directors will be making a presentation to the Arvada City Council at an evening workshop in the Council Chambers at Arvada City Hall. These kinds of workshops usually start at 6:00 pm, and normally do not include an opportunity for public input, but you can be sure the Council members will be interested in hearing your thoughts on Apex’s presentation, either before or afterward. You can contact any City Council member by using the contact information found on the second page of any recent Arvada Report mailed to City residents.

And there is even more opportunity for input. On February 18th, the full Apex Board of Directors will meet to decide on the language that goes on the May ballot.   That’s important because it could be very definitive about what kind of features these facilities will have. Also, the Apex board will be allowing public comment on what the actual bond language should look like at that meeting. This meeting hasn’t been formally announced yet, but normally Apex meetings are held in the Randal Room of the Apex Center at 13150 W 72nd Avenue at 6:30 pm.

The Citizens for a Livable Ralston Community is an independent neighborhood association representing the neighborhoods adjacent to Ralston Road from the Wadsworth Bypass to the Kipling Parkway.

LogoYou can read all of our articles on our main website at or you can read even more posts on our Facebook page at “CLRC – Citizens for a Liveable Ralston Community”. You can write to us, call us or email us at


c/o John Kiljan, Secretary
6185 Field Street
Arvada, CO 80004


January 30, 2016


This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s