The Winter-Spring Activity Guide HERE and it is Available Right Now! You can see the guide at
It is the best way to figure out how to get the most from MRD services. The current activity guide is always available on our website, 24/7, 365/year, as well as online registration. The Winter/Spring guide was mailed by Dec. 3rd, with registration beginning that day! Look for your copy in your mailbox.
Coz Sisneros, Recreation Programs and Operations Manager, retires at the of this month!
After 43 years of dedicated service to the MRD and the community we serve, Coz is set to retire at the end of this month. See page 5 of the new Winter-Spring guide for a heart-felt Reflections, Memories and Farewall from Coz. Coz promises to visit often and his fingerprints will always be upon the MRD. He will be sorely missed. Thank you Coz for your amazing contribution that has bettered the quality of life in Montrose!
The CRC Lap Pool has expanded offerings!
Kids, bring your suits on early release and non-school days and enjoy the Rec. Features in the Lap Pool: Fly off 3M and 1M Boards, shoot out the drop-slide, balance on the slack line and tip-toe across the wibit! These features were formerly only open on weekends! Now, they are open every Wednesday from 4-6pm and on non-school days!
- MRD, in partnership with the Montrose Recreation Foundation, furthers our focus on serving everyone in the community!
Thanks to a Colorado Health Foundation grant, in partnership with the City of Montrose, and to an Anschutz Family Foundation grant, MRD will be focusing on deepening our service to families in need. Families with youth eligible for free/reduced lunch or on Medicaid will receive a program scholarship and/or a reduced fee to the CRC.
The Holly Park and Riverbottom Drive project is evolving.
In addition to Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) grant, we are also pursuing a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Grant to enable the renovation of Holly Park and the widen Riverbottom Drive.
Grant decisions will be made by DOLA in December and grant decisions will be made by GOCO in March. Please look below in the photo gallery to see the site plan for a renovated Holly Park. The Montrose Rec. Foundation has committed to a $25K local fundraising goal, which we hope to leverage by bringing in the large grants described above. The MRF has currently raised $11K thus far! If you would like to contribute, you can contribute at the CRC front desk.
Thanks for being a patron and/or supporter!
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
-The MRD team
Adult Indoor Soccer Champions
Competitive League Champions (L) La Raza and Co-Ed League Champions (R) Norris-Snell
Pickle Ball Tournament Champions
Champions in the 3.0 division (upper right) 2nd-Jim Hicks, 1st-Alex Ganskow, 3rd- Mario Caparello.
3.5 Division (upper left) 3rd-Kent Davenport. 1st- Terri Hotz, 2nd-Randy Reyes.
3.5 Division (lower left) 3rd-Wanda Robertson, 2nd- Dan Burke, 1st - Mark Rolsing.
4.0 Division (lower right) 2nd-Ron Nichols, 1st-Gar Phillips, 3rd-Cindy Marino
Thanksgiving break at the Field House
McNeil Shop Upgrades
MRD Staff hard at work upgrading the insulation at the McNeil shop to improve efficiency and lighting.
Holly Park and Riverbottom Drive Site Plan
MRD and the City hope to build this plan in 2019, dependent on grant funding from the Department of Local Affairs, Great Outdoors Colorado and local fund-raising conducted by the Montrose Rec. Foundation
(click activity number listed next to program to register online if available)
for current pool hours.
Classes will be held twice a month on Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm. Class registration will happen through the Rec Center and space is limited to 10 per class! Classes we be held at the Rec Center's indoor pool facility, and we encourage participants to show up ready at the pool 10-minutes prior to class. SUP Yoga is for all skill levels and lessons will progress throughout the winter.
We will begin with learning the balance, getting acquainted with the SUP board, learning simple movement and yoga poses on the board. In later classes we will begin paddling on the board and end with yoga until the two are combined fluidly.
FEE: $25 per night
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Please wear comfortable clothes that are meant to get wet. Regular swim suits are acceptable attire. If you'd like to layer up, we suggest wearing a rash guard. We also suggest to bring a change of clothes for after class, and a towel. Paddle boards, and paddles are provided.
FREE 3rd Grade Lessons - Oak Grove Elem.
January 23- February 20th Registration forms were handed out at the school. If you have any questions please contact email@example.com for more information.
SWIM LESSONS- Next Session begins in January
All swim courses and instructors are certifed by the American Red Cross. Not all courses are available each lesson time. Please check the schedule for specifc course sessions and times. Class sizes are limited, so please register early! The best way to ensure your spot and
convenient class times is to register online at montroserec.com for NO additional charge. Please review course descriptions on page 25.
Fee: $46 per session
The purpose of this class is to help participants recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing, and first aid emergencies.
The courses in this program teach skills that participants need to know to give immediate care to a suddenly injured or ill person
until more advanced medical care arrives. These are blended learning courses. A majority of coursework is done on the computer,
and the hands-on skills are practiced in the classroom. This course offers a 2 year certification for both CPR and First Aid.
Session I: Thursday Jan. 24th (This is a Blended learning course)
- Register: By January 14th
- Time: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Fee: $65
- Location: CRC Party Rooms
- Instructor: American Red Cross Instructor
Please check out the new pool schedule on page 27 of the Winter/Spring Activity Guide - New CRC and Pool hours will start January 2nd
2019 MRD Commit to Live Fit New Year's Challenge
By mid-January, many of us will be finding it hard to stay committed to our New Year's Resolution to live an active and healthy lifestyle. MRD wants to help strengthen your resolve and help push you towards your goals. Beginning January 14th, MRD will be running a Commit to Live Fit New Year's Challenge to help you stay active throughout the winter and help you create positive lifestyle habits that will carry you through 2019.
-Entry is $20 per person. A minimum of 10 participants are required for the challenge to run.
-Participants must be 16 or older or a 14 or 15-year old youth who has taken a youth fitness orientation.
-Each time you enter the CRC between January 14th and March 31st, sign the participant log at the front desk to show that you were at the CRC exercising. Participants will receive 1 entry in the prize drawing per day they exercise at the CRC. Only 1 entry per day will be recognized.
-Participants can attend a free nutrition seminar hosted by Registered Dietitian Hannah Freese on Wednesday, January 16th from Noon-1pm in the CRC Party Rooms to help them dial in their nutrition in 2019.
-Winners will be drawn at random in April. Winning participants will receive one of the prizes listed below and will be featured in the MRD Newsletter. Please note the points required for each prize category below.
-Participants are only eligible to win 1 prize.
Too busy to be at the CRC 7 days a week? Additional entries will be awarded as follows:
-Attend a group fitness class (Aquatics or Fit Zone) - 1 additional entry per class - Be sure to ask the instructor for a ticket at the end of class - (Limit of 5 additional entries per week of the challenge).
-Bring a friend who is not a CRC pass holder - 1 additional entry per friend who is age 16+
-Run or Walk 3 miles on a treadmill, the track, an elliptical, or a FlexStrider elliptical - 2 additional entries - Be sure to take a photo of the console or use a step counter for proof - show photograph to the front desk staff, Fitness Leader, or the CRC Manager-on-Duty (can only be used once per week).
-"Ski" 5km (5,000m) on the Skierg - 2 additional entries - Be sure to take a photo of the console for proof (can only be used once per week).
-Hike 1,576 steps (distance of the Empire State Building Run-Up Event) on the PowerMill Climber - 2 additional entries - Be sure to take a photo of the console for proof (can only be used once per week).
-Bike 12 miles on one of the fitness bikes - 2 additional entries - Be sure to take a photo of the console for proof (can only be used once per week).
-Swim 400m - 2 additional entries - Be sure to ask a lead lifeguard to help keep an eye on your distances and give you a ticket (can only be used once per week).
-Complete 5 ascents of the climbing wall (climbing higher than the tallest building in Montrose) - 2 additional entries - Be sure to ask a climbing wall attendant to witness your climbs and give you a ticket (can only be used once per week).
-Register for and attend Registered Dietitian Hannah Freese's 3-Keys to Permanent Weight Control Program - 20 additional entries.
- Grand Prize - 4 Personal Training Sessions ($212 value) with your choice of Personal Trainer (contingent upon trainer's workload and availability). (Only participants with 40+ entries are eligible for this prize)
- Second Prize - A Polar GPS Running Watch with Wrist-Based Heart Rate Monitor ($150 value) (Only challenge participants with 30+ entries are eligible for this prize)
- Third Prize - Fitbit Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband ($130 value) (Only challenge participants with 15+ entries are eligible for this prize)
- Fourth Prize - 2 Sessions of Running Gait Analysis ($100 value) (all challenge participants are eligible)
- Fifth Prize - 10 Free Day Passes to the CRC ($65 value) (all challenge participants are eligible)
Three Youth Sports Myths,
By Justin Mashburn, Youth Recreation Coordinator
Parenting young athletes these days is tough. I am learning that first hand. I have had a front row seat to the youth sports scene for past 13 years as the youth sports coordinator, but only over the last 2 years have my own kids been involved. It's with this perspective I want to clear the air on some youth sports myths I just can't stand.
Competition results in poor sportsmanship.
This is probably the most misunderstood concept in sports at all levels. The assumption is that if you are doing everything within your power to win a game, you are also a poor sport. I can't blame you for believing this. We see it demonstrated regularly by professional athletes. But, nothing could be further from the truth. Competition in youth sports provides a way for kids to put out their maximum effort and test their abilities. Issues only arise when players, coaches, and even fans break the rules, make excuses, blame the refs, or taunt the opposing team. And unfortunately, this happens at all levels of competition. It can only be stopped by holding ourselves, our children, and our coaches accountable. In any competition, athletes should absolutely try as hard as possible to win while maintaining good sportsmanship. My absolute favorite thing to witness after a well-fought game is when opponents shake hands and show genuine appreciation for each other's efforts and skills, regardless of the outcome. At the Montrose Rec District, we encourage kids to compete. The games are more fun for players and the kids try harder and become better because of their opponents, not in spite of them. This is an idea as old as sport itself, but often gets forgotten.
My child will get a college scholarship.
The youth sports landscape has changed dramatically over the past 30 years. Kids no longer letter in multiple sports in high school. Instead, they specialize in just one sport with the mythical "college scholarship" looming in the back of their minds. And yes, parent, you're guilty of this too. Fact is, scholarships rarely pay for even half of the total cost to attend a four-year college. Millions of children will play a sport this year in America and only 150,000 collegiate athletic scholarships will be handed out. When we focus only on future possibilities, it is easy to forget that youth sports provide so much more: opportunities to stay healthy, a chance to try and learn something new, a place to learn about teamwork and hard work, and a place to experience failure and adversity and how to respond. And then there's just good ol' fashion fun.
We shouldn't keep score in youth sports.
For my money, there is no better place for kids to learn how to cope with winning and losing than youth sports. If we don't keep score, it is a missed opportunity. I understand the rationale behind not keeping score. We don't want kids to become discouraged if they lose. But if we don't teach them the right way to win and lose, who will? For example, a team practices hard all week leading up to a big game and is victorious. This is a great opportunity for coaches and parents remind the players why they won. It wasn't only what they did during the game, it was also the hard work they put in during practice. Conversely, a tough loss can teach children just as much. It is no time to sulk or place blame, but a great time to reflect on what players can do differently next time and weaknesses a team can work on before the next game. It's not a failure. It's a chance to learn. Resiliency is a must-have skill for the real world that is practiced over and over on the playing field.
Justin has been the Youth Recreation Coordinator with MRD for the past 13 years. He can be reached at 249.7705 and MRD programs may be found at www.montroserec.com.
The league will be geared towards intermediate and advanced athletes.
Players are guaranteed to play half the game. Space is limited to the
first 44 kids in each division so register early!
- Divisions: 3 & 4 Grade Boys, 3 & 4 Grade Girls, 7 & 8 Grade Boys
- Registration Deadline: Sunday, December 23
- Coaches Meeting: Wednesday, Jan. 2 @ 5:30 pm @ Field House
- Fee: $40 (jersey included)
- Practice & Games: Twice weekly Monday Tuesday or Wednesday between 5 & 7 pm
- Practice Times: 5:00, 5:40 p.m. or 6:20 p.m.
- Season: Monday, Jan. 7 to Wednesday, Feb. 27
Adult Sports Programs
Learn to play Pickleball - Instructor Doug Rood will teach you the rules of the game, strategy, paddle technique and court position. Improve your serve, ground strokes, backhand, overhead, dinks, lobs and drop shots through drills and playing games. All equipment is provided.
- Dates: Every Wednesday 8:00 - 9:30 am
- Fee: $20 per person
- Location: CRC Gym or Outdoor courts
- Call Doug at 305-304-3656 to schedule
You've got to put a team together and come try one of the most fun
and funniest games out there! Everyone has probably seen it on
YouTube, so now is your chance to play. Teams will play 4 v 4 soccer
and bounce, roll and bump all over the field. NO Soccer skills required
to play. Teams will play 5 games with no post season, this is for fun and
not really about winning. Games will be divided into quarters and you
will want lots of subs.
League Nights: Fridays Time: 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
- Team Fee: $210 Dates: January 11 - February 8
- Registration Deadline: December 31
TRY IT OUT FOR FREE: December 28; 6-9 pm
6v6 soccer leagues are offered for Men's & Coed divisions. Each league
will play an 8 game season and the top 4 advance to playoffs. Players
can play on 1 Men's team and 1 Coed team.
- League Games: Jan. 14 - March 12
- Registration Deadline: Dec. 31
- Men's League: Tuesdays, 7:00 -10:00 p.m. - $420/team
- Coed League: Monday; 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. - $315/team
- Location: MRD Fieldhouse
UPCOMING ADULT SPORTS
Adult Spring Softball League - March
Adult Volleyball - March
Holiday Lights and Dinner at Rib City - 1501012
- Date: Tuesday, December 18
- Time: 5:00 p.m. - approx. 8:00 p.m.
- Location: Meet at 4:45 p.m. at the Senior Center
- Fee: $27
Winter Hiking - 1501011
Enjoy outdoor Colorado year round. Wear good hiking boots, bring sunscreen and water. Dress in layers. Hikes will be rescheduled if there is adverse weather. Bring a sack lunch for all trips.
Highline State Park featuring mule deer and bird watching opportunities. 3.5 mile RT hike (easy)
- Date: Thursday, Dec. 6
- Time: 8:45 a.m. - approx. 3:00 p.m.
- Location: Meet at the Senior Center at 8:30 a.m.
- Fee: $19 (bring a sack lunch)
Miramonte Rim Trail - Part of the Tabeguache Lunch Loop Trail system. 4.3 miles (moderate) (Tentative)
- Date: Thursday, Feb. 14
- Time: 9:00 a.m. - approx. 3:30 p.m.
- Location: Meet at the Senior Center at 8:15 a.m.
- Fee: $19 (bring a sack lunch)
Cultural Trips - 1501007
Annie - Plus Lunch at The Grand International Buffet
We will travel to Grand Junction for lunch at the Grand International
Buffet. Following lunch, we head to the performance of Annie,
presented by The Theater Project. Annie is a Broadway musical
based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan
Annie. The musical's songs "Tomorrow" and "It's the Hard Knock
Life" are among its most popular musical numbers.
Mamma Mia! Plus lunch in Grand Junction
- Date: Saturday, Dec 15
- Time: 11:00 am - approximately 5:30 pm Performance begins at 2 pm
- Fee: $33 (bring money for lunch)
- Location: Meet at the Field House at 11:00 am
We will have lunch in Grand Junction at the restaurant of your choice near the mall. Following lunch, we will travel to the CMU
Robinson Theater to see High Desert Opera's performance of Mamma Mia. Mamma Mia is a jukebox musical written by British
playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the songs of ABBA.Date: Sunday, Dec 30
- Time: 10:30 a.m. - approximately 6:00 p.m.
- pm (performance is at 1:30 p.m.)
- Fee: $37 (bring money for lunch)
- Location: Meet at the Field House at 10:15 a.m.
See the Images below to see all of the 50+ Wellness and Activities programs or click on this link to view the Winter/Spring activity guide
Montrose County Public Health Announcements
Personal Training and Substitute Group Fitness Instructors
MRD is seeking personal trainers and group fitness instructors. Successful applicants will have a passion for helping clients achieve their goals. Responsibilities include conducting orientation and consultations with potential clients to determine client goals, health concerns and exercise preferences, developing and implementing an exercise plan for clients and help provide new member orientations to educate members how to property adjust and operate equipment. Must have personal trainer certification from a nationally accredited (NCCA or DETC) organization and First Aid/CPR/AED Certifications. For more information contact Cindy Marino at Cindy@montroserec.com or John Wagner at John@montroserec.com.
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 and uniforms. Officials will referee games (4-14 years old). 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 Justin, Youth Sports Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Must be 14 years or older to apply.
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 Miguel at 249.7705 or email@example.com. Please submit a completed application (found at montroserec.com), a resume and a cover letter attention Miguel. 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.