Fitzmorris Recreation Center launches with a splash and a flourish

On Saturday, June 23, Apex Park and Recreation District’s new Fitzmorris Recreation Center officially opened to the public. Following welcoming remarks from representatives of Apex PRD, the City of Arvada, Jeffco Public Schools and community/neighborhood organizations, a ribbon cutting and group cannonball launched the opening-day party.

Guests toured the facility, took part in free fitness demos, personal training evaluations and health assessments, swam in the pool, enjoyed refreshments and breakfast, headed outside for park activities, all to celebrate the long-awaited result of a unique community collaboration.

The 8,500 square-foot recreation center and pool, located at 6340 Independence Street adjacent to Fitzmorris Elementary School, represents a long-term partnership of three entities: Apex PRD, the City of Arvada, and Jeffco Public Schools.

Apex Park and Recreation District placed the Fitzmorris project on the May 2016 ballot, and voters approved a bond issue to build this facility and accomplish five other projects. The City of Arvada contributed over $3 million towards the facility, and Jeffco Public Schools shared the land to become an integral part of the Fitzmorris Elementary School campus.

Before that partnership came into being, the community provided the initial spark of energy, enthusiasm and devotion to the neighborhood. “We thank the community and the voters for their dedication, support and sustained effort to make Fitzmorris a reality,” said Vicki Pyne, Vice President of the Apex Park and Recreation District Board of Directors.

Operating hours at the Fitzmorris Recreation Center are 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday. Open swim hours at the pool are noon to 6:00 p.m. daily, weather permitting. For more information on the facility, visit ApexPRD.org or email Brad Logar, BradL@ApexPRD.org.