Apex board votes to approve Meyers Pool project

First of three parties needed to greenlight new Arvada natatorium

Ryan Dunn
rdunn@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 10/12/21

At the Oct. 7 meeting of the Apex Parks and Recreation District Board of Directors, the board voted to unanimously approve a proposal for an intergovernmental agreement that would work towards …

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Apex board votes to approve Meyers Pool project

First of three parties needed to greenlight new Arvada natatorium

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At the Oct. 7 meeting of the Apex Parks and Recreation District Board of Directors, the board voted to unanimously approve a proposal for an intergovernmental agreement that would work towards constructing a new pool building to replace Meyers Pool, located at 7900 Carr Street.

The project would involve Apex, the City of Arvada and Jefferson County School District, the latter two of which still need to vote to approve the proposal. Under the agreement, Apex would operate the pool, Jeffco Public Schools would be the facility's primary tenant, and the City of Arvada would own the facility.

Apex Board of Directors President Vicki Pyne shared details on the proposal at the meeting.

“The goal is to have this document signed by all involved parties by the end of October,” said Pyne. “The city and the school district are the capital financers, 50% split. Right now, we're looking at about a $35-36 million building, so about $17 million (each). They'll finance it for 20 years; they're using private financing. It'll be in the neighborhood of about $800,000 per year.

“In return the school district asked for free lane use for the high school girls and boys swim meets in season … We were able to limit it to the amount of lanes that they used in 2019. If they increase, then the pay a per-lane charge for that,” Pyne continued. “The City of Arvada is the other 50%. They would be the owner of the facility. The school district basically said they don't want ownership … The city would have ownership much like they do now.”

Apex Board Vice President Ken Harrell expressed a desire to have the other two parties vote before November elections, which could usher in change to the school board and city council.

“I think we've got to get this to the school board before the board changes,” said Harrell. “And the city council Changes in November — get it done.”

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