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  • The Winter-Spring Activity Guide Gives You Many Great Ways to Get Engaged! Did you lose your copy? Now worries, you can find it right here The current activity guide is always available, 24/7 365/year, at as well as online registration.  The Winter and Spring seasons are combined into one guide, covering Dec.-March.  The Summer Guide will be mailed by April 2nd, with registration beginning that same day.
  • The CRC Lap Pool Has Expanded Offerings: More Public Lap Lanes, More Opportunity for Rec. Swimming When Kids Are Out of School and More Lap Lane Space for the Marlins and the MHS Swim Teams!  We have updated the lap pool schedule.  Beginning February 5th (today!), we will have more public lap lanes available during the busy 4pm to 6pm timeframe (4 lanes!).  This is one thing we heard loud and clear in the recent CRC patron survey.  The Marlins and the MHS teams will also get an additional lane (7 lanes!), so these great teams can grow.  Then, beginning in August for the Fall semester, the Lap Pool will have most Rec. Features OPEN on non-school days as well as early release days (WEDNESDAYS) including the busy 4pm to 5:30pm slot.  Kids, during the school year, on days off from school and early release Wednesdays, bring your swimsuit to the CRC. You'll be able to soar off the 3M and 1M dives, shoot out the drop slide like a cannonball, race across the Wibit inflatable or balance on the slack line.  It'll make Wednesdays feel like a weekend, which is the only time we have been able to open these features, until now!  Questions, please call the CRC at 249.7705 and talk with Liz or Melissa.
  • Community Recreation Center Patron Survey: Deadline is Feb. 9th.  It has been 1 year since our Grand Opening!  It has been a ton of fun.  Thanks for being a patron.  Feb. 9th will also be the final day for complementary coffee in the lobby.  If you have not already, please take a few minutes to provide feedback and complete the CRC patron survey by clicking here.
  • 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!  
  • MRD Partners with Numerous Non-Profit Agencies.  See the article below from one of our strongest non-profit partners, the Montrose Marlins!
  • Have You Used Your Field House Yet?  League and drop-in programs for youth and adults are in full swing this fall and more are available in the Winter/Spring guide.   See page 21 of the Winter/Spring guide to see the schedule, which may also be viewed below.
  • Lottery Proceeds are Critical to Montrose and Are Up for Reauthorization at the General Assembly in the 2018 session.  Click here
    to see resolutions urging re-authorization from the City, County, the MRD and the Montrose County School District.  Also, thanks to Senator Don Coram and Representative Catlin for their support of re-authorization.  Lottery dollars have been at the center of many public projects in Montrose such as the phase II of the CRC, outdoor facilities, the Water Sports Park and even the rebuilding of Columbine Middle School.  The most recent example is the Connecting the People to Their Parks and Rec trail project.  Click here
    to see an aerial tour of the trail alignment for the most recent GOCO grant.  A $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.  Thanks to GOCO and the Colorado Lottery for the amazing support!  See the full article below on Lottery Proceeds.
Program Highlights for more info., see corresponding program section below or the Summer Guide):
    1. Pickleball Sweet 16 Tournament: Sat. Feb. 17 at the CRC.
    2. Girls Volleyball Clinic: registration deadline March 5th.
    3. 5th to 8th Grade Volleyball: registration deadline of March 5th.
    4. Girls Volleyball Clinic: registration deadline March 5th.
    5. Adult Volleyball League: registration deadline March 5th.
    6. Lifeguard Training: registration deadline March 7th.
Thanks for being a patron and/or supporter!  Happy February!  
-The MRD team 
A note from a MRD partner:  
The Montrose Marlins   
Opportunities Abound at the CRC for the Swim Team!
Our community has embraced our local swim teams for over 50 years. The Montrose Marlins Swim Team began their training and competition in the outdoor pool once located in the 70s between Safeway and Columbine Middle School. In 1987, the Montrose community gave the swimming community a nod of approval when the Aquatic Center was built. The Marlins have spent the past five years working with the MRD and the Friends of the CRC in rallying people for a new home for this ever-growing team.  
With the beautiful new Rec Center and the amazing competition lap pool, the Marlins have been allowed to flourish. The team is a 100-member strong with an additional 10 swimmers waiting to join. Members of the Marlins include 5-year olds up to 70s year olds. The team holds three major competitions each year and the high school swim teams hold another four meets. Because of the new facility, up to 250 out of town swimmers and their families to come to Montrose to eat, sleep and play during these weekend meets.
The Marlins do a lot more than swim fast in the pool. The swim team teaches our community's young people to swim and swim competently. They practice and compete with youth of different ages and genders. Marlin swimmers swim well enough to be life guards and teach swim lessons at the CRC. Through the time on the swim team, they learn how to win humbly and lose graciously. The Marlin coaches work hard to also to teach the swimmers commitment, hard work, dedication, grit, goal setting, how to be a good team mate, how to be respectful of coaches and officials, how to best treat one's body, and how to be responsible for themselves.
For the swimmers who stick with the program and continue the hours of dedication through their high school years, the opportunities continue to pile up. Our high schoolers can swim for Montrose High School and compete at the State level. These teen athletes also get the chance to travel out of state to compete on a Sectional and National Level. Our local youth through their hard work, access to a wonderful facility, and dedicated coaching staff can achieve excellence on a national stage.  
This past year, Montrose native Ryan King, a junior at Montrose High, received USA Swimming's Scholastic-All American Award. This award recognizes high school aged swimmers who have achieved a Winter Junior National qualifying time while maintaining at least a 3.5 GPA. "I wouldn't be as successful as I have been without the Marlins' tradition and the great people who came before me showing me how to be a great person in and out of the pool." King says about his time with the Marlins.
Youth has always been a priority in our community. There are many organizations that make it their mission to offer opportunities to help guide our youth into successful and productive adulthoods. The Montrose Marlins is one of those organizations, offering opportunities to become a lifeguard, swim instructor, rescue diver for the Navy, All American Swimmers or college graduate, or all of the above and more! Our youth are learning that the sky is the limit for their future.

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 There are many different ways to enjoy the CRC Aquatic Facilities including swim lessons, water aerobics classes and lap swimming

Almost time for Outdoor Pickleball coming this Spring!

MHS Climbing Competition on the CRC climbing wall

A packed house for the Black Canyon Audubon Society in the Summit Room of the MRD Field House (formerly the Aquatic Center) for a talk about Mountain Lions by Dr. Ken Logan of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.  Call Dana at the CRC for rental information.

Sign near the West Main Trailhead representing the GOCO Connect Initiative Trail Grant that the City of Montrose and Montrose Recreation District were awarded to expand the trail system in Montrose!

Colorado Lottery:  Building a Better Montrose
By:  Amy Warthen, Montrose Rec. Foundation Board President and MRD Board Member and Ken Sherbenou, MRD Exec. Director

We on the Western Slope are fortunate to live in a region in Colorado characterized by an abundance of both natural beauty, access to public lands and a stellar parks and recreation system. Montrose is a wonderful place to call home. Part of what makes our community a great place to live, work and play are the investments we have made in our recreational assets such as our trail system, parks, playgrounds, fairgrounds and now the Community Recreation Center, Field House and the Connect Trail Project.
At the absolute center of our quality of life in Montrose is support from the Colorado Lottery.  It  is critical in funding parks and recreation projects that continue to build upon our excellent quality of life. These amenities have allowed us to position our community to benefit from the fast-growing outdoor recreation industry on our own terms, in a way that preserves our small town identity.  The Colorado Lottery fully funds Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and the Conservation Trust Fund (CTF), dollars distributed to all entities providing parks and recreation (for Montrose, this is the City, County and MRD).  Additionally, Lottery partly funds Colorado Parks and Wildlife as well the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant program.
This is very relevant now because Lottery proceeds are up for re-authorization at the General Assembly during the session that just began.  We are extremely happy and proud that our Senator, Senator Don Coram, is a co-sponsor of this bill.  He has joined Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, the Senate President Pro Tem, who is another Republican representing another agricultural area (on the eastern plains).  Representative Catlin has also pledged his support of the bill as well. Thank you Senator Coram and Representative Catlin for your wonderful leadership on this monumental issue, not only for Montrose, but also for the entire state!    
The Montrose Recreation District (MRD), the City of Montrose, Montrose County and the Montrose County School District (MCSD) have all passed resolutions urging re-authorization.   Lottery dollars have been at the root of a lot of progress in Montrose lately.  Back in 2013, MRD and the City teamed up to pursue a $300,000 grant for the Montrose Water Sports Park, River Trail and Field Renovation project.  This success brought the City and MRD together as closer partners, which helped to earn voter approval of the CRC and Field House in 2014.  Therefore, the $300,000 grant in 2013 has led directly to over $35M in investment in our parks and recreation system in the past 4 years. Additionally, the MCSD earned a BEST grant to rebuild Columbine Middle School.  So, Lottery dollars have also helped build a main part of our school system. 
Montrose understands we need a lot of buy-in and investment on the part of the entire community to have a chance in these highly competitive grant cycles (for BEST and GOCO).  This gives rise to a lot of contributions from many public, private and non-profit partners, including a lot of fundraising by volunteers.  As the President of the Montrose Recreation Foundation (MRF), I (Amy) have witnessed the power of what motivated and strong volunteers with collaborative vision and passion can do together. One example of MRF fundraising efforts in our community is a recent local Tap night at Horsefly and Silent Auction in which the MRF was been able to raise $3,000 for the newest GOCO funded project awarded in Montrose in 2017.  This grassroots fundraising was very important for Montrose to earn the most recent grant of $2,000,000.  This will enable the building of the Connecting the People to their Parks and Recreation Trail Project. This grant will construct bike/pedestrian underpasses beneath our two busiest roads and an additional 2.25 miles of trail connecting a vast majority of parks and recreation system throughout our community. This is a game changing project that moves the trail system in Montrose forward, making a tremendous impact in both outdoor recreation and access for all.
In the face of mounting pressures on our great outdoors, it is critical we maintain our investment in parks, open space, agriculture, trails, and playgrounds. Investing Lottery proceeds in Colorado's outdoor recreation and conservation is good for business, good for families, and ensures Colorado's high quality of life. Let's keep Montrose a special place by continuing the investment of Lottery in our great outdoors. Learn more at, where you can also add your name as a supporter. Join the cause and encourage our state leaders to reauthorize Lottery funding in 2018.


Fit Zone Spotlight on Zumba®!!!
Do the winter blues have you thinking about warm Latin American nights? MRD's Fit Zone offers a full lineup of classes, including Zumba®! Zumba® is a dance fitness class that combines elements of Latin dance, hip-hop, and other types of dancing with fitness moves. Zumba® fans the world over know what a fantastic workout a Zumba® class is. In fact, over 15 million people in 180 countries have joined the "dance-fitness revolution" and are doing Zumba®. Why? Because Zumba® is FUN! The exercise is just an additional perk!
Zumba® got its start back in the 1990's and was created by  Columbian dancer and choreographer, Beto Perez. Zumba ® is a full body workout that encourages social interaction and creates a "party" atmosphere. The motto of Zumba ® is "ditch the workout, join the party!" All ages and fitness levels can enjoy Zumba ® - and you don't have to be a great dancer to get the benefits. Zumba ® helps promote better posture, flexibility, metabolism, strength, endurance, coordination, mood and cognitive skills. It also reduces anxiety and stress. In fact, Zumba ® has even been prescribed as a treatment for depression!
These fun and positive factors are what helps make Zumba® one of the more popular classes we feature in the MRD Fit Zone. If you want to participate in a positive, exhilarating workout that feels more like a party, join one of the many Zumba® classes taught by our amazing certified instructors! For more information on Zumba® visit
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Youth Sports
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Soccer is a fun way for kids to get off the couch, meet new friends and stay in shape!  All participants are required to wear shin guards and MRD jersey on game days.  These can be purchased for $24 at the Rec. Center and can be worn for many seasons.
  • Fee:  $38
  • Registration Deadline:  Tuesday, March 13
  • Practice:  Begin March 26 (no practice over Spring Break)
  • Games:  April 12 to May 19
  • Divisions
    • 5YO - Kindergarten
    • 1st & 2nd Grade
    • 3rd & 4th Grade
    • 5th & 6th Grade
    • 7th & 8th Grade (Coed)

The numbers for this program have been increasing each year thanks to great volunteer coaches!  Teams will practice twice per week and play a total of six matches on Friday evenings through the season.  
  • Fee:  $38
  • Registration Deadline:  March 5
  • Practices:  Begin March 12
  • Games:  Friday nights at the Rec. Center
  • Last day of season:  April 20

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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.  Bring your own lunch, we will take care of the rest.  

  • Date:  Monday, Feb. 19
  • Fee:  
    • $60 for full day lessons, lift ticket and rentals
    • $55 for full day and lift ticket
    • $36 for parent or volunteer life ticket (parents must provide own transportation)
  • Time:  7:00 a.m. - approx 5:00 p.m.
  • Ages:  8 years +

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4 v 4 indoor volleyball!  Get in the spirit of Spring, get a team together and play volleyball!  Teams consist of at least 4 people (coed 2 men & 2 women)
  • Team Fee:  $200 ($100 due at time of registration)
  • League Games:  March 12 - April 26
  • Registration Deadline:  March 5
  • Time:  6:30 - 9:30
  • Leagues
    • Women's Leisure (Mondays)
    • Women's Competitive (Wednesdays
    • Coed Leisure (Tuesdays)
    • Coed Competitive (Thursdays)

It is never too soon to start getting your team ready for adult softball.  
  • Team Fee:  $525 ($200 due at time of registration) 
  • Dates:  May 7 - July 26
  • Time:  6:15 - 10:15 p.m
  • Leagues:
    • Men's Leisure (Mondays)
    • Men's Competitive (Wednesdays)
    • Coed Leisure (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    • Coed Competitive (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    • Coed Over 40 (Thursdays)

Try out one of the fastest growing sports in the country!  Pickleball is a racquet sport which combines the elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis.  The game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast paced, competitive game for experienced players. 
  • Date:  December - March 
  • Fee:  Price of admission to Rec. Center 
  • Location:  Montrose Community Rec. Center Gym
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50+ Trips & Programs
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The MRD 50+ program is teaming up with World Premier Travel to provide additional travel opportunities to Montrose residents.  Spend 5 nights amongst the red rocks at a resort in beautiful Sedona, Arizona departing on October 7, 2018.  Check out all the information by clicking the link.  If you have an questions about this trip contact 50+ coordinator Cindy Marino at (970) 252-4884 or by email at

John Wood, Master Distiller, will explain the distilling process at KJ Wood Distillers.  A line of the most refined, elegant and mature spirits are available in the tasting room.  We will also tour Markus Van Meter Alpine Photography.  Markus will share his art with us.  Since 1877, The Ouray County Plaindealer is the official newspaper for the Town of Ridgway, The City of Ouray and the County of Ouray.  We will learn about this paper that is published every Thursday.  
  • Date:  Thursday, March 1
  • Time:  9:15 a.m. - approx 3:00 p.m.
  • Fee:  $20 (bring money for lunch)
  • Location:  Meet at the Senior Center at 9:00 a.m.  
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This course teaches CPR, First Aid and all the rescue techniques.  This class is offered to individuals 15 years and older. 
This will be a blended learning course with instruction both online and in the pool.  Students will be charged an additional $35 by the American Red Cross when enrolling for the online portion.  Participant must be available to attend all in-person training sessions.  
Required pre-test is a 300 meter swim, two minute water tread without hands and retrieving a ten pound brick from the bottom of the pool 9 feet or deeper.  Get your pre-test done and registered before the class is full!
  • Location:  Montrose Community Recreation Center
  • Fee:  $100
  • Date/Time: 
    • Wednesday, March 7th 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, March 8th 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    • Friday, March 9th 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 10th 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Monday, March 12th 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.    
Express Aerobics - This class is a fantastic way to mentally and physically get rid of work day stress
Muscle strengthening, cardio and Pilates techniques are combined to make a complete workout.  
  • Days:  Mondays & Wednesdays
  • Time:  5:30  - 6:30 p.m.
  • Instructor:  Marianne Goforth
All swim courses and instructors are certified by the American Red Cross.  not all courses are available each lesson time.  Please check the schedule course sessions and times.  Class sizes are limited so please register early!  Dates and class information are available  Here

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HATHA YOGA LEVEL 1 - 1202009
Hatha Yoga is the perfect antidote to our busy lives.  Yoga reduces stress and improves the health of mind and body.  Perfect for those newer to exercise or as a complement to vigorous workouts.  Mats and props provided.  Wear comfortable, fitted clothing that allows free movement.  We generally practice barefoot.  All experience levels welcome.  Age 14+ or by instructor approval.  

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.  
  • Fee:  $35 per session
  • Time:  Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:45 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Warrior Resource Center, 11 S. Park Ave.
  • Sessions:  
    • Session 3:  Feb. 1 - 27
    • Session 4:  March 1 - 29
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 classes is $10.
  • Time:  6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location:  MRD Field House Summit Room (25 Colorado Ave.)
  • Fee:  $10 drop in or $35 for entire session
  • Remaining Sessions:
    • Session 5:  Intermediate Country 2 step
      • Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26
    • Session 6:  Country Waltz
      • March 5, 12, 19 and 26

Job Openings

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 if you are interested.  Must be 14 years or older to apply.   

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   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.  

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.  For questions, contact Tanelle at 249.7705 or  Please submit a completed application (found at, a resume and a cover letter attention Tanelle Cruz. 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. 
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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