The newly renovated Apex Tennis Center, 6430 Miller St., Arvada is now open for play with a four-court indoor facility.
This long-awaited upgrade was approved by voters in a 2016 bond election and broke ground in May 2017. It’s the first of six bond projects set to be completed in 2018.
“We are thrilled to see this long-cherished vision become a reality,” said Apex PRD Executive Director Lauri Dannemiller. “It’s a significant community asset, and the direct outcome of our citizens and communities working together.”
Dannemiller also sees the center as a way to bring the community together.
“This morning I was looking through my Facebook feed and we all know there’s a lot of things going on in our community right now that are challenging,” Dannemiller said at the Feb. 17 grand opening event. “But as I scrolled through, I saw a lot of things about the Olympics. And I thought about how sport has that ability to bring our communities together. To bring our country together, to bring our city together.”
The Apex Tennis Center has been bringing people together for decades and most recently became the home to the North Jeffco Tennis Club, the largest public tennis club in Colorado with 350 members.
“This is the biggest moment in in the history of the NTTC, having this as a home facility for us,” said P.J. Travin, President North Jeffco Tennis Club.
Travin hopes that the new facility will bump them up to number one in club participation for the state.
For Arvada resident Mark Elola, the hope is that what has been a seasonal sport for him and his children can new become a year-round activity.
“It’s really great to see my tax dollars being put to good use,” Elola said. “I only wish it was twice the size. I think it’s great for kids, especially during the colder winter months for them to have something to do. I’m thrilled.”
The $6 million Apex Tennis Center project also included renovating eight outdoor courts with post tension surfaces, new lights and fencing which will be open this summer.
The Apex Foundation raised funds for the shade sails on the midway between the outdoor courts.
“The tennis community, the neighborhood, the district and the City can all be proud of this facility and the part they each played to bring it to completion,” said Apex PRD Board President Jim Whitfield. “This will be a well-loved facility.”