Since ”Pickleball Ken” Marquardt brought pickleball to the Apex Center in 2011, it has quickly grown into a popular sport with more than 800 players having picked up a paddle.
This year, the sport is going to get its own courts. In summer 2012, Marquardt and Apex Park and Recreation District Executive Director Mike Miles put forth a plan to build the state’s first outdoor pickleball courts near the Apex Simms Street Center, 11706 W. 82nd Ave.
The Apex board of directors approved the plans in September 2012.
Pickleball players raised $5,300 for the project, which was matched by the Apex Foundation.
In January 2013, the Jefferson County Open Space Advisory Committee designated $158,720 to build the courts. Groundbreaking is expected to be this spring and the courts will open this fall.
The project includes eight courts and spectator seating.
Pickleball drop-in times at the Apex Center, 13150 W. 72nd Ave., are 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and 1-4 p.m. Fridays.
Skills and Drills drop-in classes are from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 1-4 p.m. Thursdays.
DRCOG People’s Choice award
Olde Town Arvada has been selected as a finalist for the 2013 Live Work Play People’s Choice award. The Denver Regional Council of Governments gives out the award to celebrate what the metro area has to offer and to recognize projects and places that support the Metro Vision, DRCOG’s long-term plan for making the region better for all residents.
Online voting is open and will run through noon Wednesday, April 24. Residents can vote for Olde Town at www3.drcog.org/liveworkplay.
The People’s Choice winner will be announced during a ceremony at 6 p.m. April 24 in Denver.
Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp hosts monthly community coffee events to hear from constituents about their interests and concerns.
The next Community Coffee is from 7-8 a.m. Thursday, March 28, at La Dolce Vita, 5756 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.