Four indoor tennis courts will be added to the Apex Tennis Center as part of its renovations this year.
A groundbreaking was held May 12 for the project, which also includes renovations of the eight outdoor tennis courts already located at 6430 Miller St. in Arvada.
The tennis center improvements are one of six projects approved by Apex Park and Recreation District voters in a May 2016 bond election. The passing of the $25 million bond will also help fund the replacement of the Secrest Center, construction of the Fitzmorris Site Center/Pool, Lutz Sports Complex improvements, renovation of the Apex Center and a splash pad addition, and Long Lake Ranch Regional Park improvements.
“Todays milestone is one that we pause to celebrate as it’s tangible and it’s a sign to our taxpayers that these projects are actually going to happen,” said Lauri Dannemiller, executive director of the Apex Park and Recreation District, at the groundbreaking.
Dannemiller said the $6 million tennis facility fills a gap in the Apex portfolio.
“We’re adding an amenity to our portfolio that is desperately needed in this region and one that will help our citizens stay active in a lifetime sport,” she said, adding that tennis is a sport that can be enjoyed by children and seniors alike.
In addition to court renovations, shade sails will also be installed above the courts. The shade is being paid for in $30,000 of fundraising money from the Apex Parks and Recreation Foundation.
The idea is that the new facility and shade will not only draw more local players, but also offer a nicer facility for tournament play, said Katie Groke Ellis spokesperson for the Apex Park and Recreation District.
For Vilura Haas, who has played tennis at the Apex Tennis Center for more than 20 years, the improvements to the facility mean growth of the North Jeffco Tennis Club and continued support of recreational tennis in Arvada.
“To be a part of a community like this is wonderful,” Haas said. “You have to be part of your community and when you participate, this is the result.”
The North Jeffco Tennis Club is the largest public tennis club in Colorado with almost 400 members. The Apex Tennis Center is the club’s home court and last year the club produced 109 USTA teams.
P.J. Traven, president of the club, said this year they are on track for the same number of teams and hope that number grows once the renovations to the center are done.
During the construction process, the Arvada Tennis Center outdoor courts are closed but the on-site building remains open during business hours for stringing, pro shop sales and general info.
The outdoor courts are expected to be reopened by Labor Day and the indoor building is expected to be completed in early 2018.