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The current activity guide is always available on our website, 24/7, 365/year, as well as online registration.
The Summer Guide covers April, May, June and July.
The Field House OUTDOOR POOL is Open!
For the first time since 2016, the Field House Outdoor Pool is open once again including the Outdoor Slide. We have also added some great new elements for the Grand Re-Opening including a basketball hoop next to the Frog Slide, a Giant Jenga set and a bags game (a great lawn game). Come enjoy the only public outdoor pool in town! Fun in the Sun!
The Montrose Recreation Foundation 6th Annual Tap Night Met Its Goal of Raising $4,000 for Holly Park - Riverbottom Drive on May 29th!
This was an important step in moving this project forward! Thanks to the amazing Montrose Recreation Foundation volunteers that progressed our effort in pursuing a $1M Department of Local Affairs grant. Each dollar we raise locally is leveraged greatly with pursuing grants from outside the community. Thanks to Brittany Perrin, Amy Warthen, Dave Ryan, Kylee Smith, Linda Pavlich, Wayne Quade, Cindy Marino, Jay Bugarin, Ellen Angeles, Patty Voorhis, Jen Suchon, Megan Maddy, Pam Motley, Eddy Gonzalez, Luis Estrada, Russ Tomlin, Susan Baird, Suzi King, Valerie Harper, Oswaldo Gutierrez, and Lori Sharp!
MRD is Partnering with Tri-County Health Network to Offer FREE Health Screenings at the CRC.
Every Thursday, Tri-County Health's Community Health Worker Darlene will be doing FREE health screenings. These will take place in the Child Watch area when Child Watch is closed (Child Watch hours are 8am to 12pm and 4pm to 8pm M-F and Sat. 9am to 12pm). Screenings will be from 1230pm to 3pm to anyone in the community. Like the lobby and the indoor playground, admission to the CRC is not required as this area is before Control and the Front Desk.
Program Highlights for more info., see corresponding program section below or the Summer Guide):
Fall Youth Soccer:
registration deadline August 20.
: deadline is in August.
Thanks for being a patron and/or supporter! Happy Summer!!
-The MRD team
MRD News: We Have Come a Long Way
By Board Member Christina Files
I have lived in Montrose most of my life and am amazed at all of the changes that seemed to have happened when I wasn't paying attention. Maybe you, like me, have not noticed the new amenities, programs and attitudes that Montrose is now sporting.
When I was a kid we couldn't wait for the outdoor pool to open. It was only open in the summer, and then only in the afternoons. We would stand in line on the hot pavement of the Magic Circle parking lot and wait for the doors to open. In we would rush to spend the afternoon in a very kid centric chaos. Now we have more options. The outdoor pool at the Field House opened this summer to go along with the two pools we have at the Community Recreation Center (CRC). Now there is room for young and old, serious swimmers and splashers. There are shallow pools and water slides and there are classes for young and old.
That in itself is a huge improvement and one we should celebrate. To me, those changes have been obvious. What hasn't been so apparent are the number of programs and participants in all manner of recreation activities. I only remember softball, baseball and basketball being available for elementary aged kids. Soccer was a new program and there weren't many of us who played. Now there are programs for three year olds to teenagers in soccer, basketball, baseball and softball. We even have kayaking, archery and mountain biking available now. What a great way to celebrate where we live and the special opportunities we have.
On the other end of the spectrum, we now have a very active set of adult programs. I was only aware of adult softball when I was a kid but was recently reminded there were also volleyball and basketball leagues. Now there are trips, programs and classes available for adults and seniors. You can play pickleball, take an aerobics class or learn to dance as well as participate in all of the adult sport leagues. The Montrose Recreation District even offers trips to the cool and unique activities around Montrose available to us.
As a kid, my favorite trail in town was the concreate recreation trail that goes from behind Columbine all the way to Lions Park. What a great way to get across town. That path still exists, and I am eagerly awaiting the new Connect Trail which will offer a path from the CRC area to Baldridge Park including Riverbottom Park, Cerise Park, Ute Fields, McNeill Fields and Sunset Mesa Sports Complex out to the new recreation areas in the Colorado Outdoors project without having to cross either of the two highways or be on streets.
With all of these changes, additions and improvements I see a community that wants opportunities to recreate. We are a community that is pursuing healthy and active living which the Community Recreation Center and Recreation District programs greatly enhance. I am very proud to be part of that.
Christina Files, MRD Board Member
MRD Program Highlight: SOCCER!
By MRD Adult Recreation Coordinator Wade Ploussard
The World Cup is in full swing. Team USA isn't a part of the fun but there are still many teams to root for, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, or even Iceland. Soccer across our nation is bigger than it has been in the past and continues to grow. Our soccer programs in Montrose are also increasing in numbers, the Montrose Field House has helped us make it more accessible to play all year round. With the growing number of players participating, you would think we would have a plethora of officials to administer the rules for these competitions. The truth is for us in Montrose, and across our nation, officials are very hard to find.
Officiating soccer is a fun and rewarding job. There are many opportunities to officiate at almost any level, Kindergarten thru Men's Competitive. We have a lot of high school age kids who do an awesome job at officiating the lower age levels. We offer free training for officials and run through the basics so they are able to officiate our games. When they feel confident in their abilities or if they want to advance their careers, they become certified and officiate for the Avalanche club teams or the High School level. It is great getting to see them grow and become better officials, but then they leave and we start the process over. We also have some great older officials who have been around the sport for years, coaching, playing and officiating. These veterans are what keep our Men's leagues possible. As a coordinator, finding good officials is the toughest job, not too many people want that kind of responsibility that officiating takes.
The average age of the Mountain & Valley Soccer Referees Association (MVRSA) is close to 55. You can tell they are experienced by the number of gray hairs or lack thereof from the years of officiating. We need officials in Montrose that have played or enjoy the game and want to give back to the sport. It's a fun and rewarding experience that I encourage any that have thought about it to try. There will be a soccer certification class in August, but dates won't be out until July 10.
After becoming certified, they won't throw you on the tough games, but let you work your way up to that. You become a part of a team while officiating and just like the players, you talk about what went right and what needs work. Most work hard to be the best official, knowing that they will make mistakes and that's part of officiating. I was once asked who I root for during league games, it's always the officials, and they are my team. If they have a good game, the players usually do also.
With the sport of soccer growing, who's going to be out there officiating it in 5 or 10 years? It is a real concern for many in the soccer officials group. This lack of officials is felt across all sports and is becoming a real concern for every sport, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, wrestling and football. If you enjoy sports, I encourage you to give it a try. We at MRD are always taking officials that want to learn and try. If you like it, we will find you the contacts to advance to the next level. Come be a part of our team and give back to a sport that gave you so much.
The officials just prior to the start of the Spring Indoor Championship game at the Field House.
Growth in Usage Stats: Thanks to all of our Members!
CRC Annual Pass Sales.
Passes as of the end of 2016: 616 passes
Passes as of 1.23.17: 1479 passes
Passes as of 2.8.17: 3103 passes
Passes as of 3.13.17: 4861 passes
Passes as of 5.18.17: 5070 passes (plus 1028 silver sneakers members)
Passes as of 6.17.17: 5322 passes (plus 1085 silver sneakers members)
Passes as of 7.10.17: 5444 (plus 1142 silver sneakers members)
Passes as of 8.17.17: 5863 (plus 1196 silver sneakers members)
Passes as of 9.15.17: 5797 (plus 1233 silver sneakers members)
Passes as of 10.21.17: 5800 (plus 1260 silver sneakers members)
Passes as of 11.13.17: 6046 (plus 1322 silver sneakers members)
Passes as of 1.18.18: 6655 (plus 1398 silver sneakers members)
Passes as of 2.20.18: 5482 (plus 1301 silver sneakers members)
Passes as of 3.7.18: 5331 (plus 1302 silver sneakers members)
Passes as of 4.24.18: 5399 (plus 1348 silver sneakers members)
Passes as of 5.16.18: 5501 (plus 1411 silver sneakers members)
Passes as of 6.21.18: 5408 (plus 1460 silver sneakers members)
Montrose County Public Health Announcement
MRD Fit Zone Spotlight on
Do not let the summer pass you by without checking out Zumba
Kids in the Montrose CRC Fit Zone. This class is for children ages 7-13 and is offered every Saturday at noon through the month of July. Do not miss the opportunity to have your kids join in on the fun. The class features kid-friendly routines built around Zumba
® chorography and also includes engaging games and activities throughout the class. Kids also learn a little about the different nations the dance moves are drawn from.
Participation has already been amazing with 15+ kids getting into the Zumba® Kids spirit and bringing more friends each time. Parents or guardians do not need to be present and can use the opportunity to use the rest of the facility while their kids engage in fun physical activity in the amazing Fit Zone room. Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend the last part of class to see what routines the kids have learned and they must also make sure to leave their contact information at the front desk before their children can participate.
Come join the Zumba® Kids party!
Mat Pilates Coming in July
Beginning on Thursday July 5th, MRD will be offering Mat Pilates in the Fit Zone. This class will replace our Thursday 4:30pm Tabata Body Sculpt class. The class will begin at 4:30pm and will be a 45-minute format class until the fall Activity Guide is printed in mid-August. The class will then be moved to 4:15pm and will be a 1-hour format class. Pilates is an excellent way to stretch, strengthen, and tone your entire body as well as build functional core strength.
Fitness Instructors and Substitute Instructors Needed
MRD is still in need of certified fitness instructors to instruct or substitute instruct multiple different class formats including Spinning, TRX, Strength & Conditioning, and Zumba. If you are a certified instructor or are interested in becoming certified, please contact John Wagner (970) 497-8565 to discuss potential openings and available class times.
We are pleased to announce the Outdoor Pool at the Field House is OPEN!!
FIELD HOUSE & OUTDOOR POOL RATES:
Youth, Adult, Senior: $3.00 for Field House and Pool Entry
Under 3 years of age: FREE
Pool Hours of Operation: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily beginning May 25th.
PRIVATE OUTDOOR POOL PARTIES:
This includes exclusive use of the Outdoor pool and patio areas. Food and drink in non-glass containers is allowed. Contact Liz or Melissa @ 249.7705 to make reservations. Reservations must be made 2 weeks in advance.
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 daily.
TEEN ONLY NIGHTS
Featuring Music on the Lawn (if interested in providing music on these nights please contact Liz @ 970-249-7705), and great times with your friends.
- Dates: Friday July 20
- Fee: $5
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.
- Fee: $30
- Location: Montrose Field House
- Day: Tuesdays
- Dates: July 24 - August 14
- Time: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
- Ages: 5-6 years old
Challenger British Soccer Camp
Each camp will feature the 1000 Touches Curriculum, packed with drills and practices designed to improve individual control, footskills, fakes, moves and core techniques. These camps are packed with fun and led by an excellent team of British Soccer coaches. Please register online at
click activity number listed next to program to register online if available)
BEST OF THE WEST SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT -
12 teams from all across the Western Slope competed to see who was the BEST. After a long hot day the winning teams hailed from Montrose. The
Championship was won by the "Flight" (below Left) and the Consolation winners were the "Brew Crew" (below Right)
ALPINE BANK WESTERN REGION PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT
We concluded the 6th Annual Alpine Bank Western Region Pickleball Tournament on June 2-3rd with 103 competitors. Thanks to everyone who traveled to Montrose to play with us!
Congrats to the Montrose players who made a strong showing.
We host this tournament the first weekend in June each year. Put us on your calendar for next year.
Here are the standings from the tourney:
3.0 Men's Doubles
1st Place:Brian Hawley (Gunnison) & Jim Burrell (Montrose)
2nd Place:Gary Townsley (Montrose) & Thomas Good (Montrose)
3rd Place: Jim Hicks (Montrose) and Paul Miller (Montrose)
3.0 Women's Doubles
1st Place: Susan Henry (Ridgway) & Kathy Morris (Montrose)
2nd Place: Tracy Dvorak (Grand Junction) & Anna Goetz (Grand Junction)
3rd Place: Barb Vezakis (Grand Junction) & Lara Fischlein (Salida)
3.0 Mixed Doubles
1st Place: Taren Frazier (Gunnison)& Tom Frazier (Manzanola, CO)
2nd Place: Tracy Dvorak (Grand Junction) & Jeremy Marshall (Grand Junction)
3rd Place: Beverly Hines (Montrose) & Paul Miller (Montrose)
3.5 Men's Doubles
1st Place: David Snearly (Glenwood Springs) & Doug Coffman (Carbondale)
2nd Place: Jacob Fillion (Durango) & Dan Haberman (Gunnison)
3rd Place: Paul Story (Montrose) & Ed Marr (Buckeye, AZ)
3.5 Women's Doubles
1st Place: Lisa Hicks (Durango) & Shonny Van Landingham (Durango)
2nd Place: Dee Markus (Montrose) & Sinny Richardson (Montrose)
3rd Place: Jeannie Pippin (Cedaredge) & Ginny Wise (Cedaredge)
3.5 Mixed Doubles
1st Place: Michael & Yvonne Downs (Edwards)
2nd Place: Barbara Ridings (Colorado Springs) & Dave Thornsby (Colorado Springs)
3rd Place: Bev and Dan Burke (Hotchkiss)
4.0 Men's Doubles
1st Place: Joe Egloff (Grand Junction) & Walter Cummings (Grand Junction)
2nd Place: Mike Kopanos (Grand Junction) & Mike Leatheby (New Castle)
3rd Place: John Takacs (Salida) & Matt Sweeney (Salida)
4.0 Women's Doubles
1st Place:Darlene Friedrichs (Salida) & Kim Danielson (Colorado Springs)
2nd Place: May Liang (Fruita) & Peggy Mewes (Montrose)
3rd Place: Linda Griffith (Grand Junction) & Brenda Furnace (Grand Junction)
4.0 Mixed Doubles
1st Place: Linda Griffith (Grand Junction) & James (Pearson) Steamboat Springs
2nd Place: Karen Wellington (New Castle) & Mike Leatherby (New Castle)
3rd Place: May Liang (Fruita) & Jim Egan (Clifton)
4.5 Women's Doubles
1st Place: Cami Blake (Broomfield, MN) & Sherry Keith (Durango)
2nd Place: Nikki Schmalz (Olathe) & Deb Arnold (Sun City, AZ)
3rd Place: Stephanie McDonald (Buena Vista) & Karen Wellington (New Castle)
4.5 Mixed Doubles
1st Place: Brenda Furnace (Grand Junction) & Jason Dudley (Grand Junction)
2nd Place: Stephanie McDonald (Buena Vista) & Matt Sweeney (Salida)
3rd Place; Nikki Schmalz (Olathe) & Corey Elliott (Montrose)
A special thanks to the numerous volunteers who made this tournament a success.
UPCOMING ADULT SPORTS
Coed Kickball League - Begins in August
6 v 6 Volleyball - Begins in September
Flag Football - Begins in August
GREAT TRAINS AND GRAND CANYONS - OCTOBER 7-12, 2018
Call Cindy at 252-4884 to register. Full payment for trip required 75 days prior to departure.
The MRD 50+ Program is teaming up with Premier World Travel to provide multi day trips. Spend 5 nights among the red rocks at a resort in beautiful Sedona, Arizona departing October 7, 2018. You will enjoy a nostalgic train ride to the south rim of the Grand Canyon as well as a train ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad. Spend time exploring Sedona as well as visiting the old mining town of Jerome and Montezuma Castle National Monument. Please join us on Thursday, June 21st @ 1:00 p.m. for an informational meeting to learn about this trip. Afrodite Pastroumas from Premier World Travel will present details on this travel opportunity. No obligation - come see if this trip is of interest to you!
CULTURAL TRIPS - 3501007
Limited Space Available!!
Gunnison Pioneer Museum plus lunch and shopping in Gunnison
Join us as we tour the 20+ buildings, railroad exhibits and the Andy Mallet Car Mseum. So much to take in! Following the museum tour we will have lunch in Gunnison and do some shopping in downtown Gunnison. Join us for a nice day outing.
- Date: Tuesday, June 26
- Time: 8:15 - approx 5:00 p.m.
- Fee: $32 (bring money for lunch)
- Location: Meet at the Senior Center at 8:00 a.m.
Corkscrew Pass / Brown Mountain Tour
This is an adventurous 4 hour trip into the heart of the Red Mountains. The Corkscrew Pass winding road ascends to over 12,400 feet and includes panoramic 360 degree views. A side trip includes a visit to a pristine alpine lake surrounded by fields of wildflowers. After descending back down Corkscrew our tour visits Brown Mountain. Brown Mountain includes superb wild flowers, more panoramic views and numerous mining ruins. Time permitting this tour will includes a visit to the historic ghost town of Ironton.
- Date: Tuesday, July 24 or Thursday July 26
- Time: 8:00 a.m. - approx 3:30 p.m.
- Fee: $82 (includes - 4 hour guided tour and guide gratuity)
- Location: Meet at the Senior Center at 7:45 a.m.
(click activity number listed next to program to register online if available)
for current pool hours.
NEW DROP-IN AQUATIC SPORTS!
All of these new drop-in programs are included with your admission to the Rec. Center
- Drop-In Water Volleyball (Starting in June)
- Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
- Time: 7:00 p.m.
- Location: Leisure Pool
- Drop-In Water Polo (Starting in June)
- Days: Thursdays
- Time: 7:00 p.m.
- Location: Lap Pool
- Drop-In Under Water Hockey (Starting in June)
- Days: Tuesdays
- Time: 7:00 p.m.
- Location: Lap Pool
This is MRD's first recreational swim team! This is for individuals who have passed Level 4 swim lessons or can swim a minimum of 75 yards of front crawl, back stroke, breast stroke or combination. Participants will develop confidence in strokes such as the front crawl, breast stroke and butterfly. The basics of turning at the wall, as well as using the starting blocks will be included. Endurance will be a primary focus as participants prepare for a meet at the end of the summer.
This is a non-competitive team where participants are working on developing confidence in their strokes, increasing physical stamina, improving their individual times., and of course having fun! The team meets on Tuesday and Thursday
mornings and are being coached by MRD instructors Ally Hammett and Marianne Goforth. The team will conclude their season with a Fun Meet and party in August.
- Dates: June 4 - August 4 (no sessions July 2 - 6)
- Fee: $80 - includes 16 sessions
- Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
- Time: 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
- Swim Meet: Saturday, August 4
Swim Lessons are in full swing with over 250 participants so far this summer. Summer lessons will run through August 2nd
. There are two morning and one more evening sessions available. Space is limited, so sign up now. We also have private and semi private lessons available year round.
Dates and class information are available
MONTROSE MARLINS SWIM MEET
Come out and cheer on our local club team as they compete with swimmers from across the state! The meet will be held July 6-8th at the CRC.
- Dates: July 9,11,16,18,23,25
- Fee: $60 for all 6 lessons or $12 per lesson
- Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
- Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
The lap pool will be closed starting at 11:00 a.m. Friday July 6th and will reopen at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 9th for the Marlins Swim Meet.
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 Baseball/Softball 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 Baseball and Softball games that range from Coach Pitch to AA Baseball/Softball (12-14 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.