Save the Date: Two neighborhood meetings will be held at Fitzmorris Elementary School to discuss the grant initiative and how to connect youth to the outdoors through opportunities at Fitzmorris Park. Meeting (1) April 18, 2017 Topic: Programming & Pathway Opportunities. Meeting (2) April 26, 2017 Topic: Park amenities, Barriers to Access & Prioritization. Download Meeting Flyer PDF
Let's get outside! The Fitzmorris Neighborhood Pool & Recreation Center project and a separate grant-funded program to strengthen connections to the outdoors has resulted in an exciting new opportunity for the Fitzmorris neighborhood.
Fitzmorris Park & Elementary Schoolyard were selected by the “Be Wild, Jeffco” Coalition to participate in a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) “Inspire” Initiative planning grant. The grant seeks to inspire Colorado youth and families to enjoy, appreciate, and protect Colorado's great outdoors. The grant has allowed the City and Fitzmorris community to continue working together to find meaningful ways to connect to the outdoors. This project is separate from the Pool & Rec Center project.
After Pool and Rec Center outreach in early 2016, additional park designs reflecting public comments were created to illustrate the park and schoolyard’s potential as a place to recreate, learn, explore, and grow. These designs were the basis for gathering Jeffco Public Schools and Be Wild, Jeffco support to participate in the GOCO grant. Although the designs will assist in brainstorming with the community, they are not intended to represent a final design.
In the first half of 2017, Fitzmorris will be the center of a design and prioritization process led by you - the community - to help youth, families, and all residents get outdoors and experience more personal connections to nature. Strong community involvement and youth investment must be evident in this phase for us all to move on to the next step.
After planning, we will apply for permanent upgrades and programs through a competitive implementation grant application in July 2017. There is no guarantee we will receive this next grant to construct our shared vision. Therefore, the City of Arvada encourages widespread resident, educator, and student participation in the planning phase and looks forward to 2017 as a great year to imagine the possibilities as we “Dream Big” together.
- January - June 2017: Community engagement, Public outreach, Outdoor Youth Leadership events. Compile results, develop programs, master plan and costs for the Implementation Grant.
- July 2017: GOCO Implementation Grant due
- October 2017: Grant awards
If implementation grant is awarded:
- October 2020: Implementation complete
Attend a Public Event:
Topic: Programs & Pathway Opportunities. Meeting is 6:00pm Tuesday April 18, 2017 at Fitzmorris Elementary Cafeteria.
Topic: Park Amenities, Barriers to Access, & Prioritization. April 26, 2017 at Fitzmorris Elementary Cafeteria.
Be a Community Connector: Talk to your neighbors, spread the message, recruit others to become involved, and foster excitement.
- Elementary, Middle, and High School Students are already participating in the Outdoor Leadership Program.
City of Arvada Parks, Golf and Hospitality: 720-898-7400