In 2001, the City completed a park, trail and open space master plan. This study included significant community input and compiled an inventory of existing park acreage and recreation facilities and compared this inventory to similar target communities throughout the country. One of the identified high priorities was the acquisition and development of additional community park land. This resulted in the acquisition of approximately 100 acres between Ward Road and Indiana Street surrounding the 13.6-acre site purchased by the Apex Park and Recreation District and ultimately developed into the Apex Recreation Center.
The Gibbs West Park Master Plan
In 2004, the City completed the community park master plan for the newly named Gibbs West Community Park. This process included extensive public involvement and input by the Apex Park and Recreation Board, City Council members and city and Apex staff. In addition, an intercept survey was conducted soliciting citizen input from various locations throughout the community. A mail-in survey was also conducted and three public workshops resulted in the final master plan for Gibbs West Community Park.
The Skate Park
The Arvada Skate Park is considered the first phase of the development of the Gibbs West Community Park and follows directly the approved community park master plan. The development and planning of the skate park has involved considerable public input. The skate park development committee has worked for almost five years to complete the vision for the development of the skate park. Through the tireless fundraising efforts of the skate park committee and grants from the Colorado Lottery , Great Outdoors Colorado, Jefferson County Open Space, the Tony Hawk Foundation and other donors, the funding is now in place for the 2.1 million dollar skate park facility. The project will be funded with approximately 93% in grant and lottery funds and 7% city general fund monies.
The design for the skate park was completed by DHM Design Corporation, a local Landscape Architecture firm, and Team Pain Enterprises, a Florida company that specializes in the design and construction of skate parks. These firms have worked closely with city staff, skate park committee members, local skaters and Apex Park and Recreation District staff. Three public meetings resulted in the design for the skate park including landscaping, irrigation, lighting, site furniture, shade structures, decorative paving, walkways, and an entry road and small parking lot with the potential parking lot expansion.