Apex Park and Recreation District is a special district founded in 1956, not part of the City of Arvada or Jefferson County. It is a separate agency with its own taxing authority and with no connection to any other government agency.
Special districts are created by state law to serve specific community needs-recreation, fire protection, water, etc.
With a few exceptions, Sheridan Boulevard on the east, Clear Creek and 52nd Avenue on the south, Highway 93 on the west and the Boulder county line on the north.
Apex PRD is managed by an executive director and a five-member elected Board of Directors. Directors serve four-year terms with elections held every two years in May.
Approximately 30% of the district’s budget comes from property taxes. 70% comes from program and facility fees, grants, and proceeds from Apex Park and Recreation District Foundation fundraising efforts.
Areas of Responsibility
Apex PRD and the City of Arvada share resources and define responsibilities to save taxpayers money. In general, Apex PRD handles “active” recreation such as youth and adult sports, fitness, swimming, golf, ice skating, etc., while the City of Arvada handles “passive” recreation-parks and trails.
- In 1956, after several drownings in the area a group of concerned citizens founded North Jeffco Park and Recreation District so citizens would have a safe place to swim. The first facility, the North Jeffco Pool (later Fisher Pool) opened in 1958. Here are a few more highlights of the district’s history:
- 1959-1960: The Garrison Street Center is built.
- 1964-A bond issue was passed providing ballfields, Secrest Center & Pool, (opened 1966) and Ralston Center & Pool (dedicated in 1967).
- 1968-A bond issue was passed for construction of Indian Tree Golf Course, the Ice Arena, and for the acquisition of park land.
- 1970-1976-Lake Arbor Center & Pool was acquired; a horse arena was built; the Foundation was formed and plans were made for a sports complex and tennis center.
- 1979-George J. Meyers Pool opened February 12, 1979 named in memory of a former supervisor of North Jeffco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District’s summer swimming pool activities
- 1980s-The Harold Lutz Sports Complex was dedicated and Youth Memorial Complex was built. The Senior Recreation Center opened.
- 1990-The Racquetball and Fitness Center building was purchased, renovated and opened.
- 1997-Secrest Youth Park and Teen Center opened.
- 1998-A $25 million bond issue was passed for construction of the Apex Center, which opened in 2000, as well as Long Lake Ranch and Lutz Sports Complex renovation (Phase I).
- 2001-The Garrison Street Sports Center and Soccer Complex was dedicated.
- 2002-The redesigned and expanded Secrest Pool opened in May. Play begins on new football/soccer fields at Long Lake Ranch.
- 2006-Voters pass a mill levy increase, 50% of which is earmarked for annual capital improvements.
- 2008-District name change to Apex Park and Recreation District.
- 2011-The district begins offering classes at the Apex Simms Street Center. The Apex Field House opened December 12.
National Recreation and Park Association Gold Medal winner, 1967 and 1985
Starburst Awards for excellence in use of Colorado Lottery proceeds in 1997 for Secrest Youth Center and Park; 1998 for Pioneer Park; 1999 for the Indian Tree Golf Course Clubhouse; 2002 for Secrest Outdoor Pool; and 2004 for the Bright and Brown Trail. 2011 Colorado Special District Association’s Annual Collaboration Award