See the current activity guide at
for the full menu of recreational services we offer.
The Winter-Spring guide covers programs through March. The Summer guide will be mailed by April 1st, with registration starting that day at 6am. It will cover MRD services for April through July.
Expanded Parking at the CRC for those needing closer parking.
In response to patron feedback, MRD will be adding in 6 new parking spots next to the existing handicap parking that are designated for those needing closer parking. This will help the situation of all handicap parking being taken on a consistent basis, particularly in the mornings. These spots are reserved for those needing closer parking so please help the safety of those needing closer parking. See the sign below in the photo gallery.
The Renovation of Holly Park is Nearing!
In addition to a $500,000 Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) grant for the overall project, 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 announced in early March. Please see below in the photo gallery to see the site plan for a renovated H
olly 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 $12.5K thus far! If you would like to contribute, you can do so at the CRC front desk or by clicking here to link to information on the Montrose Recreation Foundation.
- MRD Partner All Points Transit Conducts Transportation Survey. Please take a minute and help out All Points Transit improve service to the Montrose Community. Click here to take their survey.
- Go to the Library, at the same time you visit the CRC!
The Montrose Regional Library District is at the CRC with the Bookmobile, and also with the Bookvan (coming soon!). The Bookmobile will be at the CRC on early release Wednesdays (from school) on Feb. 13, Mar. 13 and April 10th, from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. April 10th will be National Bookmobile day. Free books will be handed out on all of these days and the first several people to visit the Bookmobile will also receive a free CRC day pass. We want kids to be at the Rec. Center when not at school, on early release days and non-school days. So, we'll continue adding in more for kids to do on these early release Wednesdays!
- Do you have a question and are unsure on who to contact? Click on the person's name for their email link.
For immediate assistance, please call the CRC front desk at 970-249-7705 during operating hours.
Thanks for being a patron and/or supporter!
-The MRD team
From the Biddie Basketball clinic for 5-6 year olds to the Adult Rec league. We have it all going on at the Rec Center. Competition winners are pictured below.
Above (left) winners of the Denver Nuggets Skills Challenge held at the CRC on Jan. 19th. The 1st place winners competed in the Regionals at the CRC on Feb. 2nd for a chance to go to Denver for the State Competition. The photo on the (right) are Christian and Taydon, the winners of the High School intramurals skills competitions held every Wednesday during the season.
Climbing Competition Results and Future "Women on the Wall" Participants
Staff recognition awards for years of service to the community at the monthly Board of Directors meeting
(Top row) Penny Peterson (left) and Cindy Marino (right) receiving their plaque for 10 years of Service. (Middle and lower right) John Wagner and Leslie Staggs get their 2 year recognition awards. Tracie Rief (bottom left) receives her award for 12 years of service! A big thanks to all of you for your time and great work here at the MRD. The people come because of the facility but stay because of the staff.
Expanded Parking at the CRC for those needing closer parking.
In response to patron feedback, MRD will be adding in 6 new parking spots next to the existing handicap parking that are designated for those needing closer parking. This will help the situation of all handicap parking being taken on a consistent basis, particularly in the mornings. These spots are reserved for those needing closer parking. If you have no mobility challenges, please help the safety of those needing closer parking by leaving these spots vacant.
The First Women on the Wall Event was held Recently
18 female climbers came out, which helped build community and connection among female climbers. Come every Thursday night to connect with other female climbers and look for future Thursday night events when the wall will be closed down and open to Women Only.
In Design Signs Staff Engraves the Montrose Connect Trail Sign
Chip off the old block
The Montrose Community Recreation Center Thanks You!
By Cindy Marino, 50+/Activities Coordinator.
It took 30+ years of trying to get the Montrose Recreation Center built. Plans were made, revised and turned down until April of 2014 when Measure B passed. Since that time, a flurry of activity has been taking place. The initial plans for the rec center were for a 70,000 square foot facility. Foresight, grant writing, fund-raising and generous donors allowed for the "enhanced plan" to be built. The enhanced plan added 10,000 extra square feet: an extra gym, additional lap lanes in the pool, tripled the walking track by adding the hill and stair courses and supported the addition of the dedicated lease space for Mountain View Therapy. Thanks to the size of the recreation center, we can accommodate a large number of people and host a variety of events, all while avoiding the feeling of crowding. Without the additional space, our offerings would be limited. All parts of the facility are heavily used on a daily basis.
Since our Grand Opening at the end of January 2017, our membership and daily usage has grown rapidly. This month we reached a new milestone of having over 10,000 households in our system. This means that 10,000 households are engaged with MRD in some way, through the Community Recreation Center (CRC), the Field House, the Senior Center or some MRD program. We surpassed our initial goals for CRC annual pass holders by more than triple. People travel from surrounding communities on a regular basis to utilize the facility.
Here we are in 2019, with a state-of-the-art, facility that is unrivaled on the western slope. We want to take this time to thank the community for the support you have given your recreation center. You have made the CRC a hub for community connectedness. With the CRC, people gather, friendships develop and personal goals are met. Thanks to all the kids who come in after school to take swimming lessons, play team sports and learn sportsmanship through competition. Thanks to all the adults who come in to work-out, use the climbing wall, play racquetball and participate in league sports. Thanks to all the older adults who are using the facility to improve their health through group fitness classes, using the fitness equipment and playing pickleball. I also see all ages using the CRC to rehabilitate from injuries.
We appreciate you embracing the CRC by fully utilizing it! In response to survey feedback, we expanded our hours, opening earlier 6 days per week. Beginning in January, the CRC is now open at 5:30 a.m. Monday - Friday to better serve those who want to work out early. We are open an hour earlier on Sundays, 11:00 am, to give extra time in the rec center on the weekends. Our hours are now 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. M-F, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
We are also expanding our scholarship program to include scholarships for not just youth, but now also seniors as well. The scholarship pays for half of the fee of the activity you want to participate in. There is a maximum of $50 per person per year available in the scholarship funding for both youth and seniors. If you qualify for some form of assistance such as food stamps, low income senior housing, free/reduced lunch, Medicaid, LEAP, etc., you qualify for the MRD Scholarship. We invite you to check out the CRC if you haven't already. You will likely meet new friends, improve your health and have a lot of fun! It is a great way to start the year off right! Here's to another great year of recreating in Montrose.
Cindy Marino, 50+/Activities Coordinator. Cindy has been serving the community through MRD for 10 years.
(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 - Johnson Elem.
February 27 - April 3 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 February 12th
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! The best way to ensure your spot and
convenient class times is to register online at www.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 2: Saturday, Feb. 23rd (This is a Blended learning course)
- Register: By February 11th
- 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
Have your running gait assessed before spring and summer races?
Racing season is just around the corner and MRD offers running gait analysis to help you get ready. Whether you are an aspiring Fun Run/5k runner or a dedicated ultramarathoner, running gait analysis can help reveal ways you can improve your form and gait and help increase your running efficiency. If you have nagging running injuries or want to keep injuries at bay during the racing season, running gait analysis can also highlight deficiencies in your stride that may be contributing to those injuries. Analysis is conducted by a physical therapist using video analysis on a treadmill at the Community Recreation Center. To schedule your analysis, please fill out an interest form at the CRC. Happy running!
TEEN NIGHT -Winter Wonderland
Saturday, February 23rd
8:30 - 10:30 PM
9-12th grade students (bring your school ID)
at the Field House
- Middle and High School Girls 7:15 - 8:15 PM
- High School Boys 8:15 - 9:15 PM
YOUTH VOLLEYBALL LEAGUES
The numbers for this program have been increasing each year thanks to
great volunteer coaches! Teams will again practice twice a week and play
a total of six matches on Friday evenings throughout the season. This is a
great way for kids to learn the fundamentals of this exciting game while
exercising with friends and teammates!
- Divisions:5 & 6 Grade Girls, 7 & 8 Grade Girls, Middle School Boys (NEW!)
- Registration Deadline: March 4th
- Coaches Meeting: March 7 @ 7 pm at CRC
- Fee: $40 (jersey rental included)
- Practices: Mondays & Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 or 6:45
- Games: Friday nights at the CRC
- Practice begins: March 11
- Season Ends: April 19
SPRING YOUTH SOCCER
Soccer is a fun way for kids to get off the couch, meet new friends and
stay in shape! Our great volunteer coaches make this program a blast for
both the kids and the parents. All participants are required to wear shin
guards and the MRD jersey on games days. These can be purchased for
$24 at the MRD Recreation Center and can be worn for many seasons.
Volunteer coaches make the program possible; we need more coaches!
- Divisions:5YO-Kinder Coed, 1st & 2nd Boys, 1st & 2nd Girls, 3-4 Girls, 3-4 Boys, 5-6 Girls, 5-6 Boys, 7-8 Coed
- Registration Deadline: Monday, March 18
- Coaches Meeting: Tuesday, March 26 at 7pm at Field House
- Fee: $40 Practices: Mon & Wed or Tues & Thurs at 5:30
- Games: Thursdays evening or Saturday mornings
- Location: McNeil & Cerise Parks
- Practice begins: Monday, April 1
- Season Ends: Saturday, May 18
Sporties for Shorties
This unique program gives children the opportunity to try out new sports. Each time we
meet, we will introduce the kids to a different sport. In the past, we have done soccer,
t-ball, hockey, golf and basketball. This program will fill up, so sign your child up ASAP.
- Divisions: 5YO - Kindergarten
- Registration Ends: Mon., Feb. 25
- Fee: $26 Dates: March 5 to 26
- Days: Mondays or Tuesdays Time: 5:15 - 6:15
This camp is specifically designed for kids ages 3 to 5 years old. They will play fun games that include running, jumping, dancing, tumbling and laughing until they can't stop.
Then do it again! Join Csilla Rodriguez, who holds a master degree in PE, for non-stop fun!
- Cost is $19
- Registration #: YCAMP
- Ages 3 to 5 years old.
- Friday, Feb. 22nd (no school)
- Time: 9-12:00
- See the Winter/Spring Guide
Youth LAX - March
Adult Sports Programs
Get a head start on the season. 8 game round robin schedule.
- Dates: March 25 - May 16
- Registration Deadline: March 11
- Time: 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. Team Fee: $350
- Men's Leisure: Mondays
- Men's Competitive: Wednesdays
- Coed Leisure: Thursdays
- Coed Competitive: Tuesdays
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: $210
- Women's Leisure: Mondays Women's Competitive: Wednesdays
- Coed Leisure: Tuesdays Coed Competitive: Thursdays
- League Games: March 25 - April 25 Deadline: March 11
- Location: Community Rec Center Gym Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
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
UPCOMING ADULT SPORTS
Adult Summer Softball League -May-July
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.
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
La Fille du Régiment - The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD - Regal Canyon View Stadium 14 Grand Junction
La Fille du Régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) is an opera comique in two acts by Gaetani Donizette. Tenor Javier Camarena
and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks - including the show-stopping tenor aria "Ah! Mes amis,"
with its nine high Cs.
- Date: Saturday, March 2
- Time: 9:00 am - approximately 5:30 pm
- Fee: $37 (bring money for lunch)
- Location: Meet at the Field House at 8:45 am
TOURS - 1501024
Evening Out in Montrose - Storm King Distillery Tour, Cocktails at Phelanies, and Dinner at The Vine
Join us for an evening out. We begin with an afternoon tour and tasting at the new Storm King Distillery. We then head to
Phelanies, Montrose's own speakeasy with high quality hand crafted cocktails and light snacks. We have to know the password
to get in. We end our evening with dinner at The Vine.
- Date: Thursday, Feb 7
- Time: 4:00 - approx. 7:30 p.m.
- Fee: $12 (bring money for cocktails and dinner)
- Location: Meet at the Senior Center at 3:45 p.m.
Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley
This fun food event is United Way's signature annual fundraiser.
It is the biggest and tastiest food festival in town! People
can vote for their favorites in this head-to-head competition
among local restaurants, caterers, grocers and more. There
will be a Half Price Gift Card Sale for a variety of restaurants.
Come hungry - leave satisfied!
- Date: Monday, Feb 4
- Time: 3:00 - approx. 7:30 p.m.
- Fee: $29
- Location: Meet at the Senior Center at 2:45 p.m.
SNOWSHOEING - 1501022
Few recreational activities are as easy to learn and as much
fun as snowshoeing. 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 The Great Outdoors
for $15. Contact Cindy at 252-4884 with questions. Locations
are subject to change based on weather/snow conditions.
Top of the Pines
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 19
- Time: 9:15 a.m. - approx. 2:00 p.m.
- Fee: $19 (bring your own snowshoes, bring a sack lunch)
- Location: Meet at the Senior Center at 9:00 a.m.
- Date: Tuesday, Mar. 12
- Time: 8:30 a.m. - approx. 3:00 p.m.
- Fee: $19 (bring your own snowshoes, bring a sack lunch)
- Location: Meet at the Senior Center at 8:15 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 Announcement
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.
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.
Youth Soccer and Baseball 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit a completed application (found at montroserec.com), a resume and a cover letter attention Miguel. This can be emailed to email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.