North Jeffco Metropolitan Recreation

Address9101 Ralston Rd., Arvada, 80002
QuadArvada, 1965 (1980)
SectionS10, T3S, R69W
SourceNorth Jeffco Files; Interview, James Fisher, Director; Arvada City Parks Supt.; Interview, Gene Williamson; North Jeffco twenty-fifth Anniversary Report.
Initialdate1994-05-02 00:00:00-06
Latestdate1994-08-11 00:00:00-06
HistoryNorth Jeffco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District was initiated by a group of interested people in 1955 at 7510 Grant Place, the office of Attorney Harold Lutz. Unlike a city park department, North Jeffco was organized in 1956 as a Special District, governed by State Statutes with an elected board which provides recreation and park needs for the community. Revenues to support the District are provided by a mill levy, user fees, Arvada City Ordinance requiring all annexations and developments to dedicate six per cent of net land for development of parks, Supreme Court Statutes which require that a certain per cent of the lottery money be allotted to various recreation districts, and six bond issues approved by voters in the District for specific park and recreation facilities. Several cooperative agreements have been formed over the years between this District, Jefferson County R-1 School District, City of Arvada, and Jefferson County Open Space funds to save lands for parks and recreation. Currently, the name has been changed to North Jeffco Parks and Recreation District. In the beginning, North Jeffco had a budget of $15,000: four parks, McIlvoy, Melmon, Hoskinson and Wadsworth, which were transferred to North Jeffco by the City of Arvada; and, with the approval of the 1957 bond referendum, built Arvada's first swimming pool, named North Jeffco Pool for the newly formed District. Thirty-years later, North Jeffco is alive and well and still growing! The overall increases by 1994 were: A budget of $7.1 million; mill levy 3.633;