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April 2017    

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Quick Updates
  • The Spring 2017 Activity Guide was mailed a few weeks back!  Did you miss it, not worries, it is Available Online Now by  clicking here !  This was mailed March 6th, with registration starting that day.  The Spring Guide has complete Community Rec. Center (CRC) information.  The summer guide will be mailed by May 1st.  The current guide is also always available at   
  • Scholarships for Youth in Need Now Apply to Facility Access!
      Thanks to effective fundraising by the MRF and a generous grant from the Anchutz Family Foundation, youth in need may now get a scholarship for a 20 punch pass!  We are also offering a new program, the Intro to Your CRC, a one month program that will teach youth how to best take advantage the CRC.  At the end, youth will earn a 20 punch pass.   All this for only $36 for youth eligible for free/reduced lunch.  That is $1.80 per visit plus the program! See p. 29 of the Spring activity guide.
  • Field House Construction is progressing!
      As a part of the CRC project, the old Aquatic Center is being converted into an indoor turf Field House.  It will also have three multipurpose rooms and the existing outdoor pool.  Contact Dana at to reserve these rooms.  Watch future newsletters for details on the opening of the outdoor pool.  Demolition of the old indoor pool is occurring right now.  The deck and gutters have been rem oved, and the entire pool has been filled in.  See the pictures below!  The project is slated to be complete by mid 2017.
  • Join the MRD team!  Among several part time job opportunities listed at the bottom of this newsletter, we are hiring for a full time Custodial Leader position.   This is a year round full time position that includes an excellent benefits package.  The application deadline is April 19th at 5pm. See the full posting at the bottom of this newsletter.
  • Program Highlights for more info., see corresponding program section below or the Spring Guide):
    1. Aqua Aerobics:
      Classes for every level from Twinges in the Hinges (Tues/Thur at 9am), to Aqua Aerobics (MWF at 8am), the Aerobic Zone (Tues/Thur at 8am), the Splash Aerobics (MWF at 11am) and the Deep (Tues/Thur at 11am).  Classes are included with admission. 
    2. Fit Zone: 42 classes per week included with admission!  All classes are now at the CRC. 
    3. Spanish for Adults: Registration Deadline of April 11.
    4. Intro to Pickleball: Deadline of April 17th.
    5. Youth Kayak Lessons: Registration Deadline of April 24.
    6. Adult Softball: Deadline of April 24.
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MRD News:
Note from MRD Board Member Mike Brown. 

Since the opening of the new CRC approximately 7 weeks ago the building has been very, VERY busy.  From early in the morning until closing, people all ages and interests have been using the building and its many programs and amenities. With this new facility we can better accomplish the mission of the MRD for the citizens of Montrose. The fitness classes in the Fitzone and in the pools have been well attended.

The pool is being used recreationally in amazing numbers. The other facilities: climbing wall, racquetball courts, game area, indoor track, fitness and aerobic machines, the gym, and the child watch area and party rooms are heavily utilized throughout the day. It has been an amazing beginning and a reflection of the community feeling that this was a needed addition to our city.
I can attest to this because I am in the building 5-7 days a week. Besides my morning workout I often return for an afternoon session of pickleball. My frequent attendance has opened my eyes to another extremely important but often overlooked benefit of the CRC. It has become a meeting place for the community, a place to see old friends and to make new ones. I have observed people greeting each other and often starting the conversation by saying how long it has been since they have seen each other.

Other folks have made it a part of their regular routine to get to the CRC at the same time daily in order to exercise and make contact with friends. As a retiree, I get regular AARP publications and hardly an issue goes by without the importance of regular social contact on the physical and mental well being of seniors being discussed in one or more articles. As I prepared to write this article I did some internet research on the benefits of socialization for all ages. A 2011 study, conducted by the University of Miami Global Business Forum said that "lifestyle and attitude are significantly more important than genes in determining the vitality of our golden years."

In a retirement magazine a number of studies were summarized and increased socialization has been
shown to improve mental health, nutrition and physical health. The Senior Center, located at the Pavilion, has been providing these opportunities for a number of years and now, with the opening of the CRC there is an even greater opportunity for senior members of our community to realize the many benefits of regular activity and exercise. These benefits are not limited to the senior segment of our community.

Parents, young adults and children all can benefit from a place to gather, connect and develop a sense of community. This wonderful building has become an important focus for all our community. During the weeks prior to our opening a number of Board members helped the staff at the CRC out by conducting tours. With the move to a new location (in the middle of winter), and all the new systems, procedures, and amenities to become familiar with, the staff was overloaded. The number of people that took tours was staggering, it was a nonstop process for 3 weeks. And it was a great opportunity for us, as Board members, to listen to what the citizens of Montrose had to say about our new facility. The tours were informative, fun and also gave me a chance to meet many new folks. Now, when I am in the building I see many of these same people using the CRC on a regular basis.

If you have not yet been in the building to see what we have to offer and to use any or all of the facilities, I invite you to do so. The Montrose community is very proud of the CRC and once you step in the door you will see why. I am looking forward to seeing you there. 
Thank you.
Photo Gallery

The Field House Construction is Progressing! 

This shows the New Hallway through the old women's locker room. 
This maximizes the length of the indoor turf field.

A view of the evolving indoor turf field from the new lifeguard room!

A view of the new hallway from the old pool lobby side.

The CRC site work is heating up with the warmer weather!  Below are pictures of the new irrigation pond, the only development on the south side of the canal.  This will not be publicly accessible, but it is a nice amenity for the outdoor track.  It also is sized big enough to irrigate the site at full build out. 

Photos from 50+ hiking and snowshoeing!

CRC Phase II is making progress!  Thank you to the Western Colorado Conservation Corp. and the Montrose High School Outdoor Club for helping with the perimeter trail and significant landscaping work the week March 20th!

MRD Fit Zone 
Group Personal Training

Do not forget that the Montrose Recreation District offers small group personal training. This is a great way for you to split the cost of a personal trainer with 1-3 other people. If you and a friend (or a few friends) are interested in working out together with a trainer, please give John Wagner, our Fitness Supervisor, a call at (970) 497-8565 . If you are interested in small group training but unable to work out with friends, please let us know. We will set you up in a small group with 1-3 other individuals who are looking to boost accountability, increase workout enjoyment, make friends, and reduce the cost of working with a trainer.

Costs for small group training for annual pass holders are $300 per person for 3 sessions each week for a month (12 sessions total) and $200 per person for 2 sessions each week for a month (8 sessions total). Non-members can work out in one of our small groups as well. Costs for non pass holders are $360 per person for 3 sessions each week for the month and $240 per person for 2 sessions each week for the month.

View the FitZone Calendar Here 
to view daily fitness class schedule.  These FitZone classes are all included with admission. 
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Youth Sports
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INTRO TO YOUR CRC - 204300  
Come learn everything you need to know about the brand new Montrose Community Recreation Center.  Each night we will spend in a different part of the facility trying out all it has to offer.  Kids will explore everything from the climbing wall to the game room to the FitZone.  The best part is that each participant will receive a free 20 punch pass to the Rec Center on the last day of the program.  Sign up ASAP as space is limited.  
  • Fee:  $72 or $36 for kids on Free & Reduced Lunch
  • Dates:  Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 18 thru May 11
  • Time:  7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Bonus:  Complete the program and receive a FREE 20 punch pass
  • Ages:  8 - 14 years old 
Intro to soccer for ages 3-4, is a great way to introduce your kids to the sport of soccer.  We have three 1-hour long practices where we will introduce the most basic skills in a fun, laid-back environment.  We will cover shooting, passing and dribbling.  Much of our equipment is modified specifically for this age group.  Program space fill sup quickly so sign up ASAP.  
  • Registration Deadline:  Monday, April 17
  • Location:  Holly Park
  • Fee:  $25
  • Time:  4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
  • Tuesdays:  April 25 - May 9
  • Wednesdays:  April 26 - May 10
  • Thursdays:  April 27 - May 11 

YOUTH BASEBALL & SOFTBALL - 3047001 & 3046004
Take part in America's favorite pastime!  The MRD summer ball programs do not conflict with the spring soccer program.  Kids will learn teamwork, eye-hand coordination and sportsmanship.  Games are played Monday through Thursday evenings.  Fee includes the cost of uniform shirts that all participants get to keep at season's end.  The MRD summer baseball & softball program are perfect for both firs timers and kids who have played before.  Leagues will be formed for the following age groups, with boys and girls competing separately.  Program scholarships are available to children who qualify.  
  • Registration Deadline:  Monday, May 23
  • Fee:  $38
  • Location:  McNeil Field
  • Days:  Monday - Thursday
  • Divisions
    • Coach Pitch (5 & 6 YO)
    • Machine Pitch (7 & 8 YO)
    • A Baseball & A Softball  (9-11 YO)
    • AA Baseball & AA Softball (12-14 YO)
  • Dates:  June 5 - July 20
  • Time:  5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Coaches meeting:  Wednesday, May 31

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Teams will play a 14 game round robin schedule with a post season tournament.  Men's & Women's leagues will play on Mondays & Wednesdays, Coed Leagues will play on Tuesdays & Thursdays.  Some teams may play on Fridays.  No Late Registrations!
  • Team Fees:  Can be paid in fully or pay a deposit of $200 to reserve your spot and pay the remainder before the first game.  Teams not paid in full before participation will be assessed a $25 fee for each game played without paying.  
  • League Schedules:  Will be available online at  Search MRD to find the 2017 Adult Softball Schedule.   
    • Fee:  $525
    • Time:  6:15 - 10:15 p.m.
    • Dates:  May 8 - August 10
    • Registration Deadline:  April 24 (No Late Registrations)  
Come play coed soccer with your fellow adults!  It's great exercise and fun.  Games are played both Monday & Wednesday nights.  Participants must be at least in high school.  Teams are divided and jerseys provided each night.  
  • Location:  McNeil Field
  • Days:  Monday & Wednesday
  • Fee:  FREE
  • Dates:  April 10 - May 10
  • Time:  6:45 - 9:00 p.m.
Umpiring is a great way to stay involved and in shape while earning money.  This essential training will prepare you to be an umpire in the MRD Adult Softball leagues.  If you are a new umpire for the MRD, please pre-register with Wade by calling 249-7705 ext. 270.
  • Dates:  Tuesday, April 18 & 25 
    • On field session:  Monday May 1 & Tuesday May 2
  • Time:  6:30 p.m.
  • Location:  McNeil Office

50+ Trips & Programs
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Boeing Boeing
Moss Performing Arts Center Robinson Theater - Grand Junction

A side-splitting farce that will have you rolling in the aisles!  It's the swinging sixties, and bachelor Bernard has a flat in Paris and three beautiful fiancees, all of whom are stewardesses, none of whom know the others exist.  Such is the riotous situation that sets off a chain of hilarious events when all three stewardesses are suddenly and unexpectedly in town at the same time.  Rated PG-13.  Eat lunch before you come - no lunch on this trip.  
  • Date:  Saturday, April 15
  • Time:  12:15 - Approx 6:00 p.m.
  • Fee:  $35 includes theater ticket

TOURS - 2501024
Get to know your local downtown businesses!  We will tour Precedence Music & Art Academy which is home to a group of Master Teachers dedicated to excellence in music and art education.  We will tour Proximity Space which is a membership based co-working environment with a communal setting.  Aqua Studio Interior Design offers all your interior design needs in one setting:  new and vintage furniture, lighting, accessorizes and gifts, remodeling and home staging.  
  • Date:  Thursday April, 6
  • Time:  10:00 a.m. - Approx 2:00 p.m.
  • Fee:  $15
  • Location:  Meet at the Senior Center at 9:30 a.m.
Silver Sneakers is on a mission to make fitness more fun and accessible to boomers and beyond by providing well designed fitness classes set to your favorite tunes.  Please note:  You do not have to be a Silver Sneakers member to participate in these classes. 
  • Silver Sneakers Classic:
    • Time:  10:30 a.m.
    • Date:  Tuesdays
    • Instructor:  Kira Hussong
  • Silver Sneakers Cardio Fit
    • Time:  10:30 a.m.
    • Date:  Thursdays
    • Instructor:  Tara WIlson
  • Silver Sneakers Yoga
    • Time:  9:30 a.m.
    • Date:  Fridays
    • Instructor:  Julie Christy 

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Aquatic Programs
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Click Here  to see the new party packages that will be offered at the new Montrose Community Recreation Center!  With so many amenities we are excited to invite you to customize your party package to fit your party needs.  

This swim clinic is designed for anyone 5 and older who is looking to improve their strokes.  It will cover all four strokes, body mechanics and techniques.
  • Dates:  April 3-6
  • Fee:  $40 or $12 drop-in free
  • Days:  Monday - Thursday
  • Time:
    • Ages 6-13:  5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    • Ages 14+:  6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
The CRC allows kayaks and scuba equipment into the pool for practice sessions.  Participants must make a reservation in advance.  Please pre-schedule times through the Aquatic Activities Coordinator at 249-7705 ext. 575.
  • Fee:  Regular admission + $5/boat or tank
  • Time:  Saturdays 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

The next round of Swim Lessons will be offered in the new Community Recreation Center starting in February.  Dates and and class information are available here.    

 Make a splash with water exercise! This is the perfect exercise for people just starting a routine, or those that want to diversify their workouts! Water aerobics offers a great cardiovascular workout that will tone the entire body. The buoyancy of the water also helps protect the joints and is perfect for participants at all levels. Please click here  to see specifics on classes offered and times classes meet.
  • 20-Use Punch Card (for use in any class)
    • Adult: $108
    • Senior:  $90
  • Drop-In Fee: Senior $5 Adult $6
  • Classes offered:
    • Aqua Aerobics
    • Splash Aerobics
    • Express Aerobics
    • The Aerobic Zone
    • Twinges in the Hinges
    • The Deep

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Recreation Activities
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Ages (15-70) This clinic will be full of techniques that allow the rider to "finesse" the bike on the trail.  You'll learn how to use body English and understand the dynamics of weight distribution and bike movement.  Participants start on grass, practicing balance, slow speed control, braking, riding like a cat and falling safely.  Then you will advance to nearby trails to apply your new techniques and skills.  Bring a bike and a snack, fluids, spare tube, pump, helmet, riding clothes and a jacket.  Bikes may be rented at Cascade Bicycles, Papa Wheelie's and Bicycle Outfitters.  
  • Women's Session:  Sunday, April 9 (Meet at Ute Park)
  • Coed Session:  Sunday, April 23 
  • Fee:  $45/person
  • Time:  9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Location:  McNeil Field
  • Instructor:  Laurie Brandt, a former professional mountain bike racer   

Learn how to keep your bike in great working condition and how to fix the typical mechanical problems.  Bring your won road or mountain bike and learn how to remove and re-attache wheels, fix flats, true a wheel, replace a chain, fix a dropped chain and much more.  Participants should bring a bike, rags, tire levers, spare tube, patch kit, spoke wrench, allen wrenches 4, 5, 6 MM and a small screwdriver.  This class will be outdoors, so dress for the weather.
  • Date:  Sunday, April 23 
  • Time:  1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location:  McNeil Field
  • Fee:  $25 


Learn new dances in 4 week sessions.  No partner is needed to participate.  
  • Days:  Wednesdays
  • Time:  2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
  • Session 2:  Country 3 step, April 19, 26, May 3 & 10
  • Fee:  $32 per 4 week session or $10 per class drop in
  • Location:  Montrose Senior Center Ballroom.    

Job Openings
CRC Custodial Leader
This full time position will be centrally responsible for ensuring the cleaning of the Community Recreation Center.  This brand new facility will be state of the art and the largest recreation center in Western C olorado. We are looking for the right motivated, hard-working and effective person to join our team and care for this latest piece of Montrose infrastructure. This person, including cleaning thoroughly themselves, will also hire, train, and manage part-time custodians and/or direct a cleaning service.  Compensation is consummate with experience and a generous benefits package is also offered.  Applications are due April 19th at 5pm.  Please submit full application packet to   Please email Coz a letter of interest, resume and completed application to the individual listed for more information. Applications may also be turned in at the MRD Community Recreation Center, 16350 Woodgate Road.  The application is found by going to 

Summer Enrichment Aides
 - This seasonal position a ssists with the supervision of 6-10 year olds particiapting in the Summer Adventure Program or 11-14 year olds in the club 1114 Program. Aides will be responsible for the leading of activities and direct supervision of children at all times. Activities include: outdoor recreation, sports and leisure activities, team sports, new games, performing arts, hobbies, nature projects, arts & crafts, learning experiences, and field trips For questions, contact Coz at 249.7705 or Must be 16 years old. Experience working with youth is strongly preferred
Child Watch Attendant   - This part time position will help operate the child watch area in the new CRC.  Child watch will be for children of patrons while parents/guardians are using the CRC.  Attendant will be responsible for supervising and entertaining children ages 3 months-10 years old.  Previous experience working with children is required. Attendant must be certified or must be willing to become CPR/First Aid Certified. Shifts are available in the mornings, evenings, weekends and in the summer, as well as anytime youth are out of school. For questions, contact Dana at 249.7705 or  Please submit a completed application (found at, a resume and a cover letter attention Dana Roesener. This can be emailed to or dropped off at the Montrose Community Recreation Center, 16350 Woodgate Rd., behind Wal-Mart. 
Custodial Attendant - This position is responsible for supporting the general operation of the new Montrose Community Recreation Center, specifically in our custodial department. Attendant will be responsible for overall cleanliness of facility. Shifts are available in the evenings, weekends and in the summer, as well as anytime youth are out of school.  For questions, contact Drew at 249.7705 or  Please submit a completed application (found at, a resume and a cover letter attention Drew Wilda. This can be emailed to or dropped off at the Montrose Community Recreation Center, 16350 Woodgate Rd., behind Wal-Mart.  Must be 18 years old with a high school diploma. 
Lifeguard - Responsibilities include the safe supervision of all pool and deck area, as well as basic pool maintenance. Consistent rule enforcement along with excellent customer service skills required. Candidates must have current American Red Cross Lifeguarding, CPR and First Aid Certifications. Please submit full application packet to   Please email Liz a letter of interest, resume and completed application to the individual listed for more information. Applications may also be turned in at the MRD CRC, 16350 Woodgate Road.  The application is found by going to  
Water Safety Instructors
This position is responsible for planning and implementing swim lessons according the American Red Cross standards. Instructors will be asked to provide both public and private swim lesson classes. Bilingual ability is strongly desired. Candidates must have a current American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors certification. Classes for this certification are held on an ongoing basis. Please submit full application packet to   Please email Melissa a letter of interest, resume and completed application to the individual listed for more information. Applications may also be turned in at the MRD CRC, 16350 Woodgate Road.  The application is found by going to  
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