Who We Are

Partners in Community Service Since 1973

Who We Are and What We Do…

The Apex Park and Recreation District Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose purpose is to support Apex Park and Recreation District’s efforts to deliver quality community recreation.

This is achieved through the efforts of a 16-member volunteer board—civic and business leaders with diverse backgrounds and a strong tradition of community service.


  • Tom Melander (Joined 2009)

Vice President:

  • Cindy McCall (2020)


  • Nancy Ryan (2020)


  • Alan Robinson (1995)


  • Ruth Carter (2008)
  • Mike Griffith (2021)
  • Bob Groke (2021)
  • Don Hagen (2003)
  • Amy Latvala (2021)
  • Jessica Mangold (2021)
  • Eric Roemersberger (2021)
  • Dave Roon (2017)
  • Betty Shuster (1995)
  • Dana Waters (2016)

Apex Board Representative

  • Rich Garrimone

Apex Staff Representative

  • Katie Groke

Associate Members

  • Bobby McCall - Event Photographer
  • Russ Rizzo

Honorary Member:

  • Bonnie Souder

Throughout its history, Foundation members and friends have dedicated their time, talent and resources to help Apex Park and Recreation District expand and improve its facilities and programs.

Over the years, the Foundation has completed a wide range of projects—building park pavilions and playgrounds, purchasing equipment for programs, helping meet transportation needs for youth and seniors, renovating facilities, starting a memorial tree program, and much more.

Our Funding Philosophy…Lasting Benefits For The Local Community

The Foundation’s spectrum of projects is broad, but there is one important common theme: providing a significant and lasting benefit to the local community. Board members carefully evaluate each project for its potential to improve programs today and for years to come.

Sponsor Benefits

  • Your contribution stays in the community, helps the community and is seen by community members.
  • Your efforts are recognized in a variety of Apex Park and Recreation District and Apex PRD Foundation publications, on banners, dasher boards, programs, press releases and more.
  • The Foundation focuses on a wide range of improvements to community recreation facilities and programs.
  • You benefit from the positive impact of a well-run, popular event.
  • Your contribution helps make recreation affordable for low and middle-income community members through the Foundation’s scholarship program.

Major Events

Golf Tournament

Since 1981, this late-summer classic has been one of the Foundation’s major annual fund-raisers. It’s a true community event, offering excellent visibility for sponsors and donors. A classy and well-run event, it consistently performs well year after year.

Father’s Day Car Show

This event is a perfect package for fathers and families—cars, food, music! Free to the community, proceeds from the entries go to benefit the Foundation. It’s grown steadily since its inception in 2005.

Spring Pickleball Tournament

Come join us for a great tournament at the pickleball courts and the Simms Street Recreation Center.  2018 was the first year for this fun event and it was a great success and will get even better.  Besides watching some good pickleball, come out and see the Simms Street Recreation Center!

Trick or Trot 5K Run

2021 will be the first year of our Trick or Trot 5K Run.  Come join us Saturday, October 23rd.  The race will begin at the Apex Recreation Center and head west on the bike paths.  Following the run will be a Scavenger Hunt for the smaller kids.  It will be a lot of fun - Come join us!

Become a Partner in Community Recreation

There are so many ways to help! As you decide, keep two things in mind:

  • 100% of your contribution goes toward local youth and senior recreation programs and facility improvements. NO administrative costs.
  • The Apex PRD Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and contributions are tax-deductible.  Our Tax-ID is 23-7327222.

Support Apex PRD Foundation and Fund-Raising Events

Your sponsorship commitment is welcome and vitally important. You can support events through monetary contributions, in-kind donations and volunteerism. Here are the benefits of contributing to an Apex PRD Foundation event:

Donate to Current Foundation Events

Each year the Foundation selects one or more projects to support with the funds it raises. You can designate your donation for current projects, all of which go to support youth and senior recreation programs and facility improvements.

Donate Funds to Future Projects

The Foundation has established an endowment fund, setting aside monies with the eventual goal of a standing account with interest earned going toward additional projects. Your donations would support quality, affordable recreation for the future.

No matter what the amount, your help is deeply appreciated.

Projects Funded by the Foundation

The Apex Foundation has raised over $1,400,000 for improvements for Apex.

Some of those improvements include:

  • Youth Lacrosse Equipment – Field House
  • 12 Paddle Boards for Meyers Pool
  • Dugout Covers and Flooring – Youth Memorial
  • Community Heroes Park Project – Simms Street Center
  • Concert in the Park Sponsorship
  • 2 Sports Wheel Chairs
  • Aquatic Poly-Pipe Water Wheel Chair
  • Hurdles for Track Program
  • Simms Street Center Pottery Equipment
  • Community Information Boards
  • Gymnastics equipment for the new Apex Simms Street Center
  • Pioneer Park Playground and Shelter
  • Indian Tree Golf Club fountain, agitators, outdoor clock, par 3 announcement board, benches, concrete pads, fence, shelters
  • Apex Center tot swimming instruction dock and TV upgrades in fitness area
  • Arvada Tennis Center – tennis court renovation
  • Scoreboards at Lutz and Indian Tree Golf Club
  • Lutz field backstop covers
  • Youth gymnastics program equipment upgrades
  • Community Recreation Center restroom, computer lab remodel, McCormack Hall chairs
  • Handicapped-accessible van and conventional van
  • Handicapped player golf cart
  • Garrison Street Center renovation
  • Meadowbrook Park playground
  • Racquetball and Fitness Center
  • Ralston Recreation Center playground
  • Indian Tree Golf Club renovations
  • Gail Stout Playground
  • North Jeffco Park Plaza and playground
  • Audio/visual and transportation equipment
  • Community Recreation Center improvements
  • Allen House Pavilion
  • Pioneer Pavilion
  • Tennis Center Canopy
  • Boxing Equipment for Parkinson's Classes
  • Initial Investment in Outdoor Pickleball Courts
  • Stainless Steel Hot Table at Indian Tree Golf Course
  • Accessible Pool Lift