Apex Park and Recreation District Board of Directors votes unanimously to authorize May 3 bond election
At its regular meeting on Thursday, February 18, the Apex Park and Recreation District Board of Directors voted 5-0 on a resolution to authorize a ballot question that will appear on ballots mailed to active registered voters in the district. The election date is May 3, 2016. Here are the details of the ballot question:
Eligible voters in Apex Park and Recreation District will soon have the chance to vote in a mail ballot election on a bond issue proposing the renovation/expansion/construction of six facilities in various locations around the district. Identifying and developing these six projects was a collaborative effort involving citizens, the Apex PRD board of directors and staff, and City of Arvada elected officials and staff. Download the Bond Questions.
Beginning in the second week of April, ballots will be mailed automatically to all active registered voters in Apex PRD. This is an all mail ballot election. The election date is May 3. Here is a description of the issue:
The bond that built the Apex Center in 1998 will be paid off in 2017. Based on extensive public input and professional assessments of community needs, the Apex PRD Board of Directors has approved a ballot issue to extend the existing $25 million bond for 20 years. The current bond payment is about $11 per year for every $100,000 in home value. That payment would continue with a successful election and fund the following projects:
Secrest Center (6820 W. 66th Ave.): $7,442,806
Construct 21,521+ sq. ft. replacement recreation center to include small weight room, community/aerobics area teen center, small gym, locker rooms, warm water therapy pool. Swimming pool and inline hockey rink will remain.
Fitzmorris Site Center/Pool (Independence St. and W. 62nd Pl.): $4,895,931
Construct 8,500+ sq. ft. recreation center, six lane pool to include small weight room, community/aerobics area.
Arvada Tennis Center (6430 Miller Street): $5,760,810
Renovate eight outdoor courts with post tension surfaces, new lights, fences. Addition of facility with four new indoor courts and controlled access to all areas of the tennis complex.
Lutz Sports Complex Improvements (10664 W. 58th Ave.): $4,310,000
Construct a new four-field baseball/softball pod complex with lighting, parking, restroom/concession.
Apex Center (13150 W. 72nd Ave.) – Renovation, Splash Pad Addition: $1,553,895
Construct 7,800 sq. ft. outdoor splash pad, renovate aquatics area center pool, renovate indoor playground.
Long Lake Ranch Regional Park Improvements (17850 W. 64th Ave.): $4,285,000
Construct two new baseball/softball fields, including backstops, to complete the first five-field complex, lighting for all five baseball/softball fields; construct a restroom/concession building. Construct two new synthetic multi-sport turf fields (lacrosse/rugby/football), with parking and lights.
Total estimated project budget: $28,248,442
Amount from Apex PRD General Fund: -$148,442
Bond amount: -$25,000,000
Amount the City of Arvada will contribute towards an outdoor pool/rec center: -$3,100,000
On the same ballot, voters may choose two board members for four-year terms. The two current board members whose seats are up for election in May are Jeff Glenn and Lee Humrich. The candidates for the two four-year board positions are Jeff Glenn and Vicki Pyne. Since they were the only two candidates to turn in the self-nomination forms by the deadline, this is an uncontested race.
The May 3 election will be conducted by mail ballot. All active registered voters in Apex PRD should receive their ballot around mid-April. If you have feedback, questions or for more information on getting a ballot mailed to you, determining active voter status (check your voter status at http://jeffco.us/elections/my-voter-information/ or http://www.sos.state.co.us), ballot drop-off sites, official ballot language and more, please email email@example.com.
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As of today, the engineers have told us that the expected life span of Meyers Pool is 8-9 years. While that seems like a long time away, we know that planning to replace such a major asset takes a long time.
The primary issue is that replacement a 50 meter pool will cost approximately $28-$30 million in 2016 dollars. Additionally, complicating the issue is that the pool is actually owned by the City of Arvada, so it is their asset to plan for and replace. Apex PRD simply operates the pool under an agreement with the City.
Nonetheless, the City and Apex PRD, along with JeffCo schools (they are a stakeholder as many of their high school swim teams use the pool for practice and competition) are already in conversations about how a three-way partnership can get this pool replaced.
The good news is that there is a shared coordinating committee made up of representatives from the City and Apex PRD that meets quarterly to brainstorm ideas about how to meet this funding need and all parties are trying to be creative to find a solution to replace the pool.
About Apex Park and Recreation District
Apex Park and Recreation District (Apex PRD) is located in Jefferson County, with boundaries roughly corresponding to the City of Arvada. It is a special district with no connection to other government agencies. However, Apex PRD and the City of Arvada share resources and define responsibilities to save taxpayers money. The district generally handles “active” recreation such as sports, fitness, swimming, etc., while the City of Arvada handles “passive” recreation such as parks and trails.
District residents receive a discount on fees, but its facilities and activities are open to the public. About 45% of the district’s budget comes from property taxes. The remaining 55% comes from program and facility fees, grants, and proceeds from Apex PRD Foundation fundraising efforts.
Apex PRD operates 16 facilities within a 60-square-mile area. From pools to gymnastics to athletic fields, the district offers a wide variety of activities, special events, fitness classes and athletics to more than 118,000 residents. The flagship 168,000 square foot Apex Center sees more than one million visitors per year and is self-supporting in its operating costs. Athletic fields within the community, such as Long Lake Ranch, Harold D. Lutz Sports Complex and Stenger Soccer Complex, provide home fields to more than a dozen youth sports organizations with thousands of local and regional youth competing each year.