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The Winter-Spring Activity Guide was mailed this week and it should be in your mailbox! It is also at www.montroserec.com. Registration begins Monday December 4th at 6am including online! The current activity guide is always available, 24/7 365/year, at
www.montroserec.com as well as online registration. The Winter and Spring seasons are combined into one guide, covering Dec.-March.
- Community Recreation Center Patron Survey. We are almost one year in since our Grand Opening! It has been a ton of fun. Thanks for being a patron. Please take a few minutes to complete the CRC patron survey by clicking here.
- Youth Track Times Begin 12/4 from 1pm to 5pm. See the full set of rules below.
- New Young Adult Annual Pass (ages 18-25) is Now Available. It is only $23 per month for residents and $26 per month for non-residents. See the CRC Customer Service Desk to sign up today! It is the perfect holiday gift!
- New for the Winter/Spring, Certified Climbers can borrow climbing equipment at the front desk during non-staffed hours. Just show your certification tag and provide collateral. See page 15 of the Winter/Spring guide.
- The First Parent's Night Out Happens on Dec. 15th! Don't miss the chance for a night out while your kiddos have a blast at the CRC. See the flyer below or page 22 of the winter/spring guide.
- Holiday Health Tips are Here! See the article below for helpful guidelines on how to help your holidays be filled with health along with the happiness.
- MRD Partners with Weehawken Creative Arts! Weehawken has 4 pages of cultural programming in the MRD Activity Guide. There are literally scores of quality programs and activities in the arts, mostly to be held at the Montrose Field House! See pages 30-34 in the Winter/Spring Guide for the complete list. Also, see below for the full article on this exciting new partnership.
Field House Grand Opening on Saturday December 2nd (see flyer below)! Please join us for the Field House Grand Opening on Saturday Dec. 2nd. The Field House is at 25 Colorado Ave, at the old pool. We'll start with an open house and game sign up at 10am, hold the dedication at 11am and begin free use by all of the Field House from 11:30am to 3pm. Then, head to Main Street that evening for the parade of lights! Although the Field House will officially be dedicated on Dec. 2nd, drop-in programs and
Youth/Adult leagues began Nov. 6. Updated information was recently mailed to all CRC Family Pass Holders and appears in the Winter/Spring Guide mailed 12/4. Family pass holders at the CRC received a 20 punch pass to the Field House/Outdoor Pool.
- The Connect Trail Project Recently Funded by Great Outdoors Colorado Through Funds From the Colorado Lottery Gains Steam! This $2M GOCO grant will be the main source of funds that builds two bike/ped underpasses under the two busiest roads in Montrose and adds 2.25 miles to the River Trail. A HUGE reason for the award was all the community support and excitement we demonstrated, including that from Black Hills Energy as well as that from our very own Montrose Recreation Foundation (MRF). The MRF is a group of great volunteers devoted to seeing Montrose improve. The MRF raised over $3000 at the Tap Night/Silent Auction on 10/10, money that will help make the Connect trail project happen! Thanks to all that attended, to the MRF Board Members for their wonderful and generous volunteerism and to the many who will be using the trail starting in 2019! Black Hills Energy also recently presented MRD and the City a check for $5000 to go towards this project. We are very glad to have Black Hills Energy as a part of our Community; thank you for the support!
eteran's Day Flag Dedication at the CRC AND Inaugural 5K and 1M Fun Run. In partnership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, the Welcome Home Montrose Alliance for Veterans and the San Juan Runners, the flagpole at the CRC was dedicated on
Saturday November 11th, 2017. Thanks to those that helped us honor our veterans and active duty men and women in uniform and their families! More than 60 people ran in the 5K race that raised funds for the Welcome Home Alliance for Veterans. Thank you for joining us. Please come join us next year as we want this to be an annual event.
- Montrose County Public Health Alert: The Importance of Avoiding Child Lead Poisoning. Please see flyer below.
Scholarships for youth in need now apply to facility access! Thanks to effective fundraising by the Montrose Recreation Foundation, generous grants from the Montrose Community Foundation, Alpine Bank, the City of Montrose and the Anschutz 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 of 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! Youth of free/reduced lunch may also obtain a 20 punch pass at any time for only $36. See the flyer shown below.
Program Highlights for more info., see corresponding program section below or the Summer Guide):
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.
Fit Zone: 42 classes per week included with admission!
Swim Lessons are ongoing, including private and semi
Hurry, classes fill quickly.
Thanks for being a patron and/or supporter! Happy Holidays!
-The MRD team
Youth Track Times
(A Trial Program for the winter 2017-18
Monday-Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
& Friday 1:00pm - 9:00pm
- Children 10 and older are allowed on the track with a guardian (as well as kids in strollers) during the specified times above.
- With each use, please notify the front desk that your child will be upstairs participating in Youth Track Times and sign the participation log.
- Guardians must be on the track and actively watching or participating with their children. Working out or taking Fit Zone classes is not permitted while your children use the track.
- Youth participating in Youth Track Times are not allowed in the fitness & weight area including on cardio machines. The restrooms may be used.
- Guardians are responsible for ensuring children follow track directions and follow proper etiquette at all times.
- Youth track participants must run/walk single-file and not take up multiple lanes on the track (slower patrons stay to the inside of the track).
- Youth track participants must return downstairs when finished using the track.
- Horseplay or inappropriate use of the track will not be permitted.
- Youth who do not follow the rules will no longer be able to participate in Youth Track Times.
This is a trial program for the winter 2017-18.
Continuation is contingent upon how this works for all patrons.
Field House construction is complete. Leagues and drop in play began on Monday November 6th and the Field House is brimming with activity! If you haven't been, it feels like the CRC. Come check it out! See the schedule below.
Grand Opening Celebration is December 2nd! Please come join us from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m for the festivities.
Pictures from the Veteran's Day Celebration Dedication of the Flagstone Monument at the Community Recreation Center. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us!
50+ Hike at Colorado National Monument Corkscrew Trail
50+ Overnight trip to Glenwood Springs. The group visited Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and the Iron Mountain Hot Springs
Life on the Wet Side: An Aquatics View of our Community Recreation Center by Liz Gracesun, Aquatics Coordinator
Montrose Recreation District staff often divide the new CRC into two distinct areas - The Dry side and the Wet side. For almost 10 years I have been the Aquatics Coordinator for the District, living on the wet side - and what I know is that there is more going on here than meets the eye.
Most mornings at 5 am, our Lead Lifeguard enters a very quiet, large, dark building. The quiet does not last for long. After checking the chemical levels and temperatures for all of the pools, the pool vacuum is removed, lap lanes are positioned, and within minutes all eleven lanes are filled with lap swimmers. The leisure pool also begins to fill with adults water walking against the current of the lazy river, therapy users in the wellness pool, and people on the water elliptical and water stationary bike. By 8 am, dozens of participants join the activities in one of 14 water aerobics classes that are offered throughout the week.
There are more lap swimmers, water walkers, people soaking, and toddlers in the zero depth pool. As the day goes on, we see more people using the pool for fun - going down the slides, floating in the lazy river and playing basketball. Afternoon and evening brings more lap swimmers, swim lesson participants, classes, swim team, and recreational users. The wet side is a very busy place from before sunrise to well after sunset.
Quietly sitting on the edge of the pool watching over all of these activities are our dedicated lifeguards. They range in age from 15 to 65, and are prepared to handle any type of emergency at a moment's notice. All Montrose Recreation District Lifeguards go through an intensive 30+ hour training and are certified by the American Red Cross in Lifeguarding, First Aid, AED and CPR for the professional. Training is on-going and does not ever end. MRD Lifeguards are required to complete weekly swims to maintain endurance. They attend monthly in-service meetings to practice CPR skills, rescue skills, back-boarding skills and communication. Weekly, they are asked to review materials including activating the emergency action plan, recognizing a drowning victim, handling sudden illnesses such as stroke, seizures and diabetic emergencies. Our Lifeguards also participate in "Red Flag" drills. These drills are a combination of a spot review evaluation as well as a simulated rescue. Without notice, the Lead Lifeguard tosses in a red flag. The lifeguard on stand must activate the emergency action plan, make the appropriate entry into the water, retrieve the red flag, and finally explain how they would extricate and treat a victim given the information that is received from the Lead Lifeguard.
MRD Lifeguards are also trained to recognize behaviors that could lead to serious injury, and to inform patrons of any unsafe behavior. In the last 10 months, our Lifeguards have responded to over 100 serious cuts or bloody noses, 8 head injuries, 5 bone injuries, 1 seizure, 1 choking, 2 heart attack/CPR incidents, and over 40 active drowning cases. The majority of active drowning cases involved young children who were not being properly supervised by an adult. The CPR incident resulted in the successful rescue of a heart attack victim. I am proud of our team and the work they do behind the scenes to be prepared for any type of emergency that may arise. There is more to their job than meets the eye. The pools are all about having fun and getting exercise, but while doing so, safety is paramount. So next time you hear that whistle, please remember that our guards are working to keep you safe. Thanks for using your CRC pools!
Holiday Fitness and Healthy Traveling Tips
The holiday season is upon us and many of us will be traveling to see friends and family. Travel often makes it difficult to maintain your workout routine and healthy eating habits. The following are some tips and strategies to sneak in physical activity and to make travel healthier.
1. Pack healthy road/airline snacks - Most roadside stops and airport eateries are full of tempting, but nutritionally empty food options. By bringing your own nutritionally balanced, pre-mixed snacks, you can better resist the temptation to purchase unhealthy foods while traveling and can better avoid blood sugar swings caused by sugary convenience store snacks. You will likely be surrounded by unhealthy food options over the holiday weeks, so make your travel options as healthy as you can.
2. Stay hydrated - It is easy to become dehydrated while traveling as we fear not passing a rest-area while on the road or we have to empty all liquids from our luggage at the airport. Plan rest-area breaks into your driving time so you can make frequent stops to stretch your legs and do not have to worry about consuming water. If traveling by air, remember to bring an empty water bottle that you can fill once you pass through security. Staying hydrated can go a long ways towards staying healthy while surrounded by other holiday travelers.
3. Move often - When you stop at rest-areas or for fuel, park as far away as possible so you can log some steps going from your car to the restroom. While your car is filling, make sure to stretch tight muscles and consider doing some air squats and jumping-jacks to get the blood moving. If traveling with others bring a ball or Frisbee and play a 5 minute game of catch. Any movement is better than no movement. If at the airport, avoid moving walkways and escalators. Opt for the stairs and stationary walkways instead. Resistance tubing and TRX
also great traveling exercise tools as they are light and take up very little room in a suitcase.
4. Carry those "carry-ons" - Luggage nowadays practically moves itself to your destination with little requirement for muscle activation. Forgo using the wheels on your luggage and carry your bags to the car, into your relative's house, or through an airport terminal. A few luggage farmer-carries are sure to get your heart pumping and challenge your strength.
5. Unwrap presents at floor level - Instead of pulling up a chair to unwrap presents, practice various floor sitting postures, wall squats, deep, flat-footed squats, or kneeling positions. Chairs are notorious for causing postural imbalances, muscle shortness, and muscle weakness. Attempting to sit/kneel/squat on the floor with proper posture can immediately highlight these imbalances and weaknesses and show you what you need to work on once you return to the Montrose CRC. For some basic sitting variations visit
6. Do not sweat the small things - Missing a week or two of workouts or eating nutritionally deficient meals and snacks over the holiday will not erase the fitness gains you have made. It will likely make it harder to get back on track and you might notice a slight regression, but the important thing is to have a solid plan to get moving and resume healthy eating again. Schedule your post-holiday workout sessions ahead of time and restock your fridge with healthy options. These strategies can help you get back on track and start 2018 on the right foot. Happy Holidays Everyone and Happy New Year.
Our youth basketball program is great for both first timers and kids who have played before. Our league focuses on fundamental development, sportsmanship and fun! All players get to play an equal amount of time each game regardless of skill level. Boys and girls will compete separately.
5th & 6th Grade Girls and Boys, 7th & 8th Grade Boys Leagues
- Fee: $38
- Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Dec. 26
- Practice Begins: January 9th
- Practices: Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday
- Games: Friday Evenings and Saturdays at the Rec. Center.
POWERDHORN SKI AND SNOWBOARD DAYS - 1302032
Let MRD do the driving and get a great rate on ski lessons at the same time! Never skied or boarded before? No problem. Full Day lessons and equipment rental are available for one low cost. Just bring your lunch, we will take care of the rest. There is no MCSD school on the dates below. You must register in person at the Rec. Center. Space is limited to sign up ASAP!
- Dates: Thursday, Dec. 28 or Monday, Feb. 19
- Times: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Ages: 8 years +
- $60 for full day lessons, lift tickets and rentals
- $55 for full day and lift ticket
- $36 for parent or volunteer life ticket (Parents must provide own transportation)
This is your chance to form your own team and play against other high schoolers. Practices are twice a week after school at the Rec. Center. Weekly skills competitions include; three point contest, knockout, HORSE and slam dunk contest.
- Fee: $30
- Registration Deadline: Monday, January 8th
- Games: Friday evenings and Saturdays at the Rec. Center
- Practice Begins: Monday, January 15th
- Last day of the season: March 3rd
- Practices: Mondays 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays 3:30 - 5:00 and Thursdays 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
(click activity number listed next to program to register online)
ADULT INDOOR SOCCER - 1401006
6 v 6 will be played at the NEW Field House. These leagues will fill up, so register early as space is limited. Leagues will be offered for Leisure (Those new to the sport or getting back into it) and competitive. Each league will play an 8 game season and the top 4 will advance to the playoffs. Players can play only in 1 men's league and 1 coed league. No Cleats, only turf shoes or tennis shoes.
ADULT BASKETBALL LEAGUE - 1401002
Full court 5 on 5 basketball leagues will be offered for adults beginning in January. Teams will have a minimum of 8 games and the top 4 in each league will advance to the playoffs.
BUBBLE SOCCER LEAGUE
- Team Fee: $500
- Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 2 ($200 due at registration full amount needs to be paid before play beings)
- Managers meeting: January 4 at 6:00 at the Rec. Center
- League Play: January 8 - March 8
- Competitive League: Mondays & Wednesdays
- Leisure League: Tuesdays & Thursdays
- Location: Community Recreation Center Gym
Come try one of the most fun and funniest games out there! You have seen it on Facebook so now is your chance to play. Teams will play 4 v. 4 soccer, no soccer skills required. This league is definitely not competitive and is open to guys and girls 15 and older. Lots of subs are encouraged.
- League Nights: Fridays
- Time: 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
- Team Fee: $200
- Dates: Jan. 12 - Feb. 16
- Registration Deadline: Jan. 8
MONTROSE VISUAL ARTS GROUP
Brighten your Monday mornings by joining a group of Montrose Visual Arts members who gather to create artwork and plan for the Annual Art Show. The paint sessions begin at 9 am and the fourth Monday of each month the business meeting/artist demonstration begins at 11:00 am in the all-purpose room of the Congregational United Church of Christ, 611 S. Hillcrest. Visitors are welcome. Visit the website
for more information or call 425-246-7166.
We will snowshoe on the following dates, weather permitting, and will reschedule if necessary. Dress in layers, wear sunscreen and bring a sack lunch. Must provide your own snowshoes. You can rent them through Cascade Bicycles. Contact Cindy at 252-4884 with questions. Locations are subject to change based on snow conditions.
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
- Fee: $18 (snowshoes provided by Black Canyon, Bring a lunch)
- Date: Thursday, Jan. 25
- Time: 9:15 a.m. - approx 1:30 p.m.
- Location: Meet at the Senior Center at 9:00 a.m.
- Arrowhead Near Cimarron
- Fee: $18 (bring money for a lunch or bring sack)
- Date: Tuesday, Feb. 20
- Time: 9:15 a.m. approx 3:00 p.m.
- Location: Meet at Senior Center at 9:00 a.m.
- Grand Mesa
- Fee: $18 (bring a sack lunch)
- Date: Tuesday, March 6
- Time: 8:45 a.m. - approx 3:30 p.m.
- Location: Meet at the Senior Center at 8:30 a.m.
Enjoy outdoor Colorado year round. Wear good walking shoes, sunscreen and bring water to drink. Dress in layers, walks will be rescheduled if there is adverse weather. Dress in layers and bring a sack lunch for all trips.
- Historic Grand Junction Walking Tour - Thursday, Dec. 7
- James M Robb State Park plus lunch in Grand Junction - Tuesday Jan. 9
- Colorado River Walk and bird watching - Tuesday, March 27
(click activity number listed next to program to register online)
3RD GRADE FREE LESSONS - 1101025
The Third Grade Learn to Swim Program is a drowning prevention program that we were able to get started thanks to the USA Swimming Make a Splash Grant and grant money from the Montrose Community Foundation. The purpose of the program is to reach out to children who may not be able to afford swim lessons or have not had the opportunity to be exposed to lessons due to various socio-economic factors. The program is two-fold. The first part is to get children in the water and teach basic skills. The second part is to award these children with scholarship money in order to further their swim skills with another eight sessions of public lessons. With the help of this grant in 2017 we were able to reach 135 children and teach them critical, life saving swim skills. Of the 135 children reached over 53% had never had any kind of swim lesson before. Each child we can reach brings us closer to the goal of no childhood drownings. We will continue this program in 2018 with hopes and expectations that we can reach more children.
AQUA AEROBICS CLASS SPOTLIGHT
Aqua Aerobics - A Full Body Workout
This class is designed to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, strength, coordination and flexibility. Various aqua equipment will be used to increase water resistance, thereby promoting higher fitness levels. Aqua shoes are recommended.
- Dates: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
- Instructors: Marianne Goforth/ Connie Pittenger
- Time: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
All swim courses and instructors are certified by the American Red Cross. Not all courses are available each lesson time. Please check the schedule for specific course sessions and times Class sizes are limited, so please register early! Dates and and class information are available
KAYAKS AND SCUBA
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.
Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art that can be taught as an Olympic Sport, for self-defense or for health and fitness. It helps develop self-confidence, balance, self-control and leadership. Hapkido is Korean martial art used for conditioning and self-defense. Students age 7 to adult. Veterans may take the class for free. Instructor Ed Ulibarri is a Master instructor with 30+ years of teaching experience. You may try one class for free to decide if it is right for you prior to registering.
- Session 1: Dec. 5 - 28
- Session 2: Jan. 2 - 30
- Session 3: Feb. 1 - 27
- Session 4: Mar. 1 - 29
- Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:45 - 6:00 p.m.
- Fee: $35 per session
- Instructor: Ed Ulibarri
- Location: Warrior Resource Center, 11 S. Park Ave.
Learn new dances or increase your current dancing skills. Bring water and your happy dancing feet. No partner needed to participate. Register early to prevent class cancellation! Drop-in fee for class is $10.
- Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
- Location: MRD Field House Summit Room (25 Colorado Ave.)
- Session 1: Electric Slide and Cupid Shuffle Line Dances
- Session 2: Basic East Coast Swing
- Date: December 11
- Fee: $9
- Session 3: Dance Mixer (Country 2 step, cowboy cha cha, waltz, polka, swing
- Date: December 18
- Fee: $9
- Session 4: Review and Beginning Country 2 step
- Date: January 15, 22 and 29
- Fee: $27 or $10 drop in per class
- Session 5: Intermediate Country 2 Step
- Date: February 5, 12, 19 and 26
- Fee: $35 or $10 drop in per class
- Session 6: Country Waltz
- Date: March 5, 12, 19 and 26
- Fee: $35 or $10 drop in per class
Youth Basketball Officials
This is a part-time seasonal position that provides a critical competent of running our youth sports programs. Our officials receive free training, uniforms, and whistles. Officials will ref basketball games that range from 3rd & 4th grade up to 7th and 8th grade games. Pay is based on the level of each game officiated. Opportunities to officiate other sports throughout the year are also available to officials interested in officiating other sports. Please email Kevin, Recreation leader at Kevin@montroserec.com if you are interested. Must be 14 years or older to apply.
Climbing Wall Staff Member
Responsibilities include the safe supervision of the Montrose CRC Climbing Wall. Climbing experience, a passion for climbing, and excellent customer service skills are required. Please submit full application packet to email@example.com. Please email Craig, Climbing Wall Supervisor, a letter of interest, resume and completed application. Applications may also be turned in at the MRD CRC, 16350 Woodgate Road. The application is found by going to www.montroserec.com.
Customer Service Representative
This part time position provides critical customer service to MRD patrons. Duties include, but are not limited to: completing program registration, computer and phone skills, and general multitasking. This is a part-time position and hours will vary with some weekends and holidays. With the right person, this position includes the possibility of a steady 25-35 hours per week. Bilingual ability is a plus. Please submit full application packet to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please email Tracie 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 Rec. Center, 16350 Woodgate Road.
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. For questions, contact Tanelle at 249.7705 or email@example.com. Please submit a completed application (found at montroserec.com), a resume and a cover letter attention Tanelle Cruz. This can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Water Safety Instructors
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 www.montroserec.com.
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 email@example.com. 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 www.montroserec.com.