Simms Street Rec Center completes transformation

Multi-use recreation center grand opening Aug. 26

Posted 8/29/17

The final stages of the Apex Simms Street Recreation Center are complete and open to the community.

The transformation of the multi-use magnet facility has been years in the making, and the latest improvements are the last of four separate …

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Simms Street Rec Center completes transformation

Multi-use recreation center grand opening Aug. 26

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The final stages of the Apex Simms Street Recreation Center are complete and open to the community.

The transformation of the multi-use magnet facility has been years in the making, and the latest improvements are the last of four separate upgrades.

“We’re so excited that were able to offer this new amenity to the community,” said Katie Groke Ellis, spokesperson for the Apex Park and Recreation District.

The long-term vision for the Simms Street Recreation Center was years in the making. The four improvement phases began in 2001 and included relocation of the art, gymnastics, dance and cheerleading programs; addition of 24 pickleball courts; party room; tot gymnastics room; improved dance studio and lobby space. The most recent upgrades include the gym, art/craft room and health/fitness room.

The gym, Groke Ellis said is an important part of the addition because it allows Apex to stop renting gym space from the school district.

“Gym space in Arvada is at a premium,” she said. “So we’re excited to have a gym where we can offer our programming instead of using the school gyms.”

Another key element is the variety of multi-generational activities offered. Groke Ellis suggested that a parent can drop a daughter off at dance, a son off at basketball and then she herself can take an exercise class in the same time frame.

For new Arvada resident Kelly Ruberg the gymnastics space is a family favorite. Her three-year-old twins — a boy and a girl — love to explore new activities in that area.

“It’s amazing,” Ruberg said of the center. “It’s a great place for children to come and expel some energy, be free and be active.”

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