Thursday, May 2, 2019

City of Aurora Newsletter

Central Recreation Center opening, Aurora Fox announces new season, and more

May 2, 2019

It's here! Grand opening is May 9 for Central Recreation Center

People run up the stairs at Central Rec Center gym which features basketball courts and a running track

Click on image above to watch a video tour of the facility

The wait is over, Aurora. The new Central Recreation Center, 18150 E. Vassar Place near Tower Road, will officially open May 9 with a public event, and everyone is invited. 

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 9, join the opening celebration with cooking and fitness demonstrations, healthy snacks and shaved ice (both while supplies last), raffles and giveaways, tours of the center and, of course, access to the entire center including pool area, all for free. 

The 61,000-square-foot center provides programming for all ages, from fitness and fun to learning and doing. State-of-the-art amenities include a lap pool, an indoor wave pool, a lazy river, an interactive waterslide, an elevated indoor track, a gymnasium, top-of-the-line fitness equipment, group exercise studios, teaching kitchens, party rooms, incredible views and more. 

The interactive waterslide is be the first of its kind in North America. The inner tubing of the slide is manufactured with lights and sounds, giving the slider a truly unique experience of soaring through a lit tunnel into the pool below. Similar to the slide at the Moorhead Recreation Center, this slide will also protrude from the building.

This center was truly imagined by the community. An extensive public input process began in 2016 to see how Aurorans pictured their new recreation center. With three open houses and over 200 attendees at each, the outcome was an aquatics-focused center with fitness, an indoor running track and child care as well as the need for community rooms and places for people to connect.

The $34 million bonded project is being fully funded by city marijuana tax revenues. 

For more information, visit

Zoning Code Update - Final draft available for review

Aurora’s new zoning code is nearly complete after more than four years of work. A final draft is available online, and stakeholders can provide comments through May 31, or at an open house 4 to 6:30 p.m. May 21 at the Aurora Municipal Center.

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Aurora Fox announces 2019-20 season

The marquee at the Aurora Fox Arts Center is a tall vertical sign with the letters FOX
During the annual Aurora Fox Gala on April 27, Aurora Fox Arts Center Executive Producer Helen R. Murray announced the 35th season lineup, where all but one production are, once again, new to the Aurora-Denver area.

“With how diverse Aurora is, I want to give voice and representation to different parts of our city and to all the families who call Aurora home,” Murray said.

·    Sept. 20 to Oct. 13: “Miss You Like Hell.” A new musical about an undocumented woman facing deportation to Mexico who arrives in Philadelphia to persuade her estranged 16-year-old daughter to join her on a road trip to California. 
·    Nov. 29 to Dec. 22: The Second City's "Twist Your Dickens." After a successful run last year at the Aurora Fox, this twisted version of “A Christmas Carol” returns with brand-new comedic bits. 
·    Jan. 17 to Feb. 9, 2020: “The Squirrels.” An epic animal-kingdom soap opera with rebel armies, conspiracies and divided family loyalties explores classism, gentrification and racial tensions in America. 
·    Feb. 21 to March 15, 2020: “Secrets of the Universe and Other Songs.” This world premiere of a reworked musical play by Marc Acito is based on the real-life friendship between Albert Einstein and American singer Marian Anderson. 
·    March 13 to April 5, 2020: “For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday.” Fifty years after she played Peter Pan at her hometown children’s theater, Anne is casted back alongside her siblings. 
·    April 17 to May 10, 2020: Disney’s “Freaky Friday the Musical.” Contemporary update of the hit Disney film. 

The current season's final production, “Caroline, or Change,” ends May 5 and will be immediately followed by the Aurora Fox Cabaret Series, “This is Me,” starring Jalyn Courtenay Webb, May 10 and 11. For tickets and more information, visit


City Council Town Meetings
• Ward I (Crystal Murillo) - Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. to noon
New Nation Church, 2001 Jamaica St.
• Ward II (Nicole Johnston) - Budget town meeting - Thursday, May 23, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Beck Recreation Center, 800 Telluride St.
• Ward III (Marsha Berzins) - Wednesday, May 8, 6:30 to 8 p.m.,
Aurora Municipal Center City Cafe, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway (second floor)
Thursday, May 16, 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. (Mornings with Marsha)
Tin Cup Cafe, 50 S. Peoria St.
• Ward IV (Charlie Richardson) - Thursday, May 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Fire Station No. 11, 2291 S. Joliet St.
• Ward V (Bob Roth) - Budget town meeting - Tuesday, May 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Heather Gardens, 2888 S. Heather Gardens Way
• Ward VI (Fran├žoise Bergan) - Budget town meeting - Wednesday, May 15, 6 to 8 p.m.
City of Aurora Public Safety Training Center (CAPSTC), 25950 E. Quincy Ave.

City Council Meeting
Monday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.
Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora Room • Streamed live at

City of Aurora Career Fair
Thursday, May 2, 9 a.m. to noon
Learn more about job opportunities with the city of Aurora. Multiple city departments will be on hand to engage with prospective job seekers. No RSVP is necessary.
Aurora Municipal Center Lobby, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway

Spring Quilt Sale
May 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; May 3, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; May 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
All quilts are handmade by the wonderfully talented volunteers of the Aurora Center for Active Adults Quilt Bee. Special orders accepted.
Aurora Center for Active Adults, 30 Del Mar Circle

FAA Public Workshop
Thursday, May 2, 5 to 7:30 p.m.
The Federal Aviation Administration is holding a public meeting to discuss changes to flight paths and procedures within the metro area airspace. The FAA has proposed these changes to increase efficiency and access to the airport. These proposed changes may increase or decrease air traffic over Aurora neighborhoods.
Aurora Municipal Center Lobby, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway

Food Truck Rodeo
Friday, May 3, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Enjoy delectable treats from local food trucks every first Friday from May to November. Each Food Truck Rodeo has a different lineup of food trucks.
Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway

E-cycle Event
Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Most electronic items—desktop computers, laptops, cellphones, tablets, gaming equipment, consumer electronics and similar—will be accepted. A new fee of $5 will be charged per household dropping off. Additional fees will be charged for certain types of monitors, televisions and printers/copiers. Visit the website for complete details and a list of items that will not be accepted.
Tallyn's Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Road

Aurora Cinco de Mayo
Saturday, May 4, noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 5, noon to 6 p.m.
Celebrate in the Aurora Cultural Arts District with dance performances, live music, Chihuahua dog races, contests and delicious food from vendors and local brew in the beer garden.
Fletcher Plaza, 9898 E. Colfax Ave.

Aurora Police Fallen Officer Memorial
Thursday, May 9, noon to 1 p.m.
An annual ceremony recognizes our fallen heroes, including the Aurora Police Department Honor Guard presentation of the colors, and the singing of the national anthem. Limited seating is available. No RSVP necessary.
Aurora Police Headquarters courtyard, 15001 E. Alameda Parkway

“This is Me” starring Jalyn Courtenay Webb
Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m.
The Aurora Fox Cabaret Series presents “This is Me” starring Jalyn Courtenay Webb, recipient of the 2018 Henry Award for best leading actress in a musical.
Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave.

Aurora Mini-Con
Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Celebrate comics, cosplay and everything pop-culture. Join us for a family-friendly day of crafts, panels and activities with local organizations, artists and authors who love "nerd-culture" as much as we do. Don't forget to cosplay! 
Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Stanley Marketplace Walking Tours
Saturdays, through May 18, 10:30 a.m.
Don’t miss your opportunity to learn the unique and eccentric stories hidden in this community-focused marketplace and historic landmark. $5 per person 
Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St.
Tickets at

Waste-free Luncheon and Recycling Fair
Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Enjoy a light lunch and local libations with zero waste. Everything will be composted or recycled. At the same time, learn more about where to recycle electronics, light bulbs, household chemicals, appliances and more. Lunch is free; cash bar available. Bring a nonperishable food item or cash donation to benefit Colfax Community Network and Interfaith Community Services. 
The People's Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave.
RSVP required: 303.739.7137 or

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