Background: The Apex Special Project Team (SPT) launched the conception of this project back in early 2018, with two goals in mind; community outreach to co-design a replacement park for the Secrest parcel and to undergo the process of applying to multiple funding sources to offset the cost to the district. The SPT secured some financial help from the Apex Foundation, and City of Arvada, but ultimately fell short of full grant funding from larger agencies like Great Outdoors Colorado, Jefferson County Open Space and Colorado Health Foundation. The full design of Secrest Park at the time of submission was nearing a $1 million dollars.
In reaction to limited funding, the strategy became to continue the mission to deliver a phase of the park to the Secrest Neighborhood, who lost their playground at the site due to the construction of the new building. The SPT worked with DHM (design firm) to create a phased approach and design to wrap part of this park close to the Secrest recreation center and create a concrete walking path from 66th to Pierce, including a plaza, picnic shelter, outdoor classroom, landscaping, and all-abilities playground.
Description: Phase one of Secrest Park includes landscaping, an all-abilities playground, walking path, a shelter and path lighting. This contract includes the concrete pathway, the lighting, piping sections of the drainage swale, grading for the playground, general site grading, and landscaping to include trees.
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