Community turns out for Secrest groundbreaking, community picnic

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On Tuesday, August 22, more than 100 community members and friends attended a neighborhood event to commemorate the official groundbreaking of the new Secrest Recreation Center, 6820 W. 66th Ave., Arvada. This multi-purpose center, scheduled for completion in summer 2018, is the most substantial of a group of six bond projects approved by voters in May 2016.

“We are thrilled to mark this transition from a long-cherished community vision to the dynamic new reality of a neighborhood recreation center,” said Apex PRD Executive Director Lauri Dannemiller. “As with the other bond projects, Secrest Recreation Center is a unique and effective collaboration of resources, inspired and guided by the community it serves.”

The groundbreaking celebration featured a festive community picnic and fun games for families. Thanks to Apex PRD community partner Adolfson & Peterson, families, neighbors and friends shared a meal and chatted with staff about the exciting new center to come.

The new Secrest Recreation Center will be a 21,521+ sq. ft. replacement recreation center to include a small weight room, a community/aerobics area, a teen center, a small gym, locker rooms and a warm water wellness pool. The current Secrest outdoor pool and inline hockey rink will remain, with activities there continuing as usual during construction. For updates on programs in the existing Secrest Youth and Teen Center, visit