Apex Simms Street Center Ribbon Cutting was Followed by Active Fun

On Saturday, November 19, about 150 community members attended a ribbon cutting and sampled the activities at the Apex Simms Street Center, the new home of the APRD gymnastics, dance, cheerleading and pottery programs at 11706 W. 82nd Ave.

It was a delightful array of fun, with highlights like the bouncy trampoline track and the foam-filled tumbling pit, where kids jumped, landed and “swam” through soft blue blocks. This new addition enhances safety and helps students relax and feel confident as they learn tumbling skills.

Meanwhile, other gymnasts practiced flips and jumps using a special harness that helps students safely practice midair movements. Cheerleaders practiced cheers and stunts, and younger gymnasts just had fun exploring the amenities. The colorful equipment and joy of movement captivated the parents, families, friends and siblings watching from the bleachers.

The new dance studio features lots of light, more room to move and room to watch. Tap, ballet and jazz dance students filled the space and danced to the music throughout the event.

Down the hall, the pottery students and instructors hosted demos and answered questions in the new Jan Eckhardt Pottery Studio, named for 32-year APRD board member Janice G. Eckhardt.

Participants in the 11 am ribbon cutting ceremony were Apex PRD board members Jim Whitfield, Ken Harrell, Bob Loveridge and Jeff Glenn; Councilmember At-Large Bob Fifer, and Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem Rachel Zenzinger. Throughout the event, everyone enjoyed cake, soft drinks and conversation about the facility’s amenities and activities.

The Center is located on the western side of Christ Community Covenant Church, on 82nd Avenue just west of Simms Street. Check out all of the class offerings at the Apex Simms Street Center online.