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June 2017    

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Quick Updates
  • We are sending our May newsletter early to announce the opening of the CRC Pool Patio, Child Watch Patio and Party Room Patio this Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday May 27th! Summer is Here!
    Come get your summer off to a great start with a visit to the CRC to enjoy our newest facilities, outdoors!   The Field House Outdoor Pool (at the former Aquatic Center) will not reopen until Memorial Day 2018, so come get your fun in the sun at the CRC...all summer long!
  • The Summer 2017 Activity Guide was mailed by Monday May 1st.  Registration is continuing and there is still room in many popular programs! The guide is also available online now by clicking here!
  • Rural Philanthropy Days is coming to the Montrose CRC! 
    On Friday June 16th, the CRC will host 350 representatives from foundations and grant seeking organizations from across the Western Slope!  The party rooms, much of the lobby, the game area, and the gymnasium will be used from 6am until 1pm.  These areas will be closed to the public to accommodate this great event that will help continue to bring in grant dollars to organizations doing good work in Montrose!  Many organizations that contributed to the CRC will be present including Boettcher, DOLA and El Pomar.
  • Racquetball North is open again, but Racquetball South is currently closed. May 23rd, a racquetball hit one of the ceiling sprinkler heads for the fire sprinkler system.  It malfunctioned and unfortunately dropped water onto the south court.  Staff responded quickly and removed the water on the court and kept it from leaking into the north court.  The north court was able to reopen on May 24th.  We are still working on the south court and will reopen it as soon as we can.  The issue is covered by warranty and this should not cost MRD any expense to fix damage that occurred.  Please look to future newsletters for updates.
  • The Field House and Phase II of the CRC, Outdoor Facilities will be online soon! Thanks to a grant from GOCO (funds from the Colorado Lottery), Phase II Outdoor Facilities are beginning to come online now.  The Field House, the renovated old Aquatic Center, is also only a few months away from completion!  See the full article from MRD Board Vice President Jason Ullmann, "Field House and Outdoor Facilities To Open Soon" below.  
  • Summer has arrived and Memorial Day Weekend is approaching!  The CRC schedules will adjust to accommodate kids being out of school including the climbing wall being staffed from 12-8pm.  We will also be open Memorial Day from 5:45am to 4pm.  These same holiday hours will be in effect for the 4th of July and Labor Day. 
  • Scholarships for youth in need now apply to facility access!
    Thanks to effective fundraising by the Montrose Recreation Foundation, generous grants from the Montrose Community Foundation, the City of Montrose and the Anschutz Family Foundation, youth in need may now get a scholarship for a 20 punch pass! 
    We are also offering a new program, the Intro to Your CRC, a one month program that will teach youth how to best take advantage of the CRC.  At the end, youth will earn a 20 punch pass.  All this for only $36 for youth eligible for free/reduced lunch.  That is $1.80 per visit plus the program! Youth of free/reduced lunch may also obtain a 20 punch pass at any time for only $36.  See p. 37 of the Summer activity guide.
  • Join the MRD Team! 
    See below for a list of current job opportunities to help MRD build community and quality of life in Montrose.
Program Highlights for more info., see corresponding program section below or the Summer Guide):
    1. Aqua Aerobics:
      Classes for every level from Twinges in the Hinges (Tues/Thur at 9am), to Aqua Aerobics (MWF at 8am), the Aerobic Zone (Tues/Thur at 8am), the Splash Aerobics (MWF at 11am) and the Deep (Tues/Thur at 11am).  Classes are included with admission. 
    2. Fit Zone: 42 classes per week included with admission!
    3. Girls on the Run Summer Camp, page 34 of the summer guide.  Deadline is June 1.
    4. Summer Adventures Youth Camp, page 33 of the summer guide.  Deadline is June 5.
    5. Youth Tennis Lessons, page 35 of the summer guide.  Deadline is June 6.
    6. Adult Tennis Lessons, page 38 of the summer guide.  Deadline is June 12.
    7. Youth Outdoors, page 32 of the summer guide.  Deadlines vary by program.
    8. Pickleball Tournament, page 28 of the summer guide.  Deadline varies per tournaments around the western slope.  This is a great reason for a getaway!
    9. Calligraphy for Beginners, page 29 of the summer guide.  Deadline is June 22.
    10. Sporties for Shorties, page 34 of the summer guide.  Deadline is July 18.
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-The MRD
MRD News:
Outdoor Facilities and Field House to Open Soon!
By Jason Ullmann, MRD Board Vice-President 

I struggled with deciding what to write about for this column as I have written so much about the Community Recreation Center (CRC) and its benefits during the past six years. After much thought, however, I realized that many readers may be surprised to learn that the MRD still has many exciting facility improvements that will open in 2017. While the interior amenities at the CRC have been open since January 27th and hopefully most readers have experienced them already, there are still outdoor amenities at the CRC that will be completed in the coming months.

First, I know there are many community members excited to use Montrose's first dedicated pickle ball courts when the six new outdoor courts at the northwest corner of the CRC open at the beginning of June. These courts were made possible by a $350,000 Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant and their final surface coat will be placed when this column appears in the Daily Press. Sod and landscaping immediately surrounding the building has been placed already, but the remaining outdoor grass areas will be seeded in late May. I look forward to watching that seed germinate and turn the front yard of the CRC green this summer!

Most of the construction activity has moved to renovating the old Aquatic Center into the Montrose Field House (MFH). What is the Montrose Field House you ask? Well, its main feature will be an 115 feet long by 80 feet wide indoor artificial turf field located in the space where the pool was. This field will be available for use by many different indoor sports and activities, such as soccer and lacrosse. The renovated facility will also include a batting cage and three multi-purpose rooms that can be used for community meetings or classes. The Apex and Omni rooms that were constructed in 2009 will remain unchanged and a third multi-purpose community room named the Summit room has been built.

During our campaign for funding the CRC, we told the community that the old pool needed to go because it had outlived its useful life. Unfortunately, this was confirmed while preparing the indoor surfaces for painting. The MFH project has experienced some schedule delays caused by the need to repair damage to interior steel and electrical conduit caused by the many years of housing a pool in a humid and chlorinated environment. In the coming months, contractors will install the state of the art indoor turf surface, dasher boards and finish the new community room. We hope to open the MFH during late summer 2017.

Although the outdoor pool and slide will remain, because of the current schedule placing an opening near the end of the summer season, the outdoor pool and slide will not reopen until May of 2018. So, we encourage everyone to come to the CRC for their fun in the sun. The patios on the west side, including off of the leisure pool, the party rooms and child watch, will all open labor day weekend, beginning May 27th!

As we complete these projects, please understand we are listening to your comments and have already made changes to staff hours, program offerings, and even added janitorial and maintenance staff to ensure that the well-used CRC stays clean and in good shape. Also understand, however, that the MRD is essentially increasing the amount of facilities we offer by four fold. As a result, we will experience a few growing pains as we learn how you, the community, want to use your amazing new facilities.   Please bear with us as we work through those growing pains, keep providing input, and understand that all of us at the MRD feel blessed to manage these facilities and the suite of increased services and programs they allow us to offer!

Photo Gallery

The Pickleball Courts are being painted this week and
will be ready to be played on in early June!

The landscaping in front of and around the CRC is progressing.

MRD Fit Zone 

Summertime is here!! This is a great time to be more active and get into a regular exercise routine! Our outstanding Fit Zone group fitness classes can help you do just that, but it is important to understand the difference between physical activity and exercise. Physical activity (gardening, walking the dog, raking leaves, mopping the floor, etc.) is defined as "voluntary movement which results in energy expenditure." Exercise is ACTIVITY DONE WITH A PURPOSE! It is planned, structured and "intentional movement intended to improve physical fitness." Any activity is better than being sedentary, but it is important to highlight that if you really want noticeable progress towards your health and fitness goals, a regular exercise routine is what is needed! Regular exercise helps improve cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, endurance, flexibility, mobility, and body composition. During the summer months, it tends to be easier to skip out on a regular exercise routine because of the notion that we are more physically active. However, keep in mind the differences between physical activity and exercise as you structure your health and fitness goals. Whether your are just getting started on your fitness journey or have already established a regular exercise routine by coming to Fit Zone classes and/or utilizing our wonderful gym facility, don't let summer keep you from that routine! That regular, consistent routine is what will help keep you fit, get you closer to your goals and make this a summer well spent!

*Fit Zone Class Updates*

Please note there are a few changes to our summer schedule. Our Thursday night (6:30) Zumba class has been cancelled for the foreseeable future. Beginning June 8, we will be offering an evening TRX class at 6:30 pm on Thursdays. The Thursday morning Silver Sneakers Cardio Fit class has been moved from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm and will take place upstairs in the Fit Zone room. Be sure to pick up a schedule or visit for additional information.
View  the FitZone Calendar Here  to view daily schedule. FitZone classes are all included with admission. 
Montrose Summer Music Series 

Summer Adventures
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Participants must pre-register for each full session.  No Daily or drop-in registrations.  Register at the MRD Community Recreation Center, 16350 Woodgate Rd.  
  • Fee:  $145 per 4 week session
  • Program Leader:  Tyler Morales
  • Ages:  6 - 10 Years old
  • Time:  1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Days:  Monday - Thursday
  • Location:  Cottonwood Elementary school and MRD Fieldhouse
SESSION 1 - 3305015
  • Dates:  June 5 - June 29
  • Week 1 - Let's Get Movin' Week
  • Week 2 - Pokemon Week
  • Week 3 - Myths & Legends Week
  • Week 4 - Wet & Wild Week
SESSION 2 - 3305015
  • Dates:  July 10 - August 3
  • Week 1 - Kindness is a Friend Week
  • Week 2 - Explorer Week
  • Week 3 - Zootopia Week
  • Week 4 - Celebration Week
CLUB 1114 - 3305016
Geared for the 11-14 year olds, this four week program will include team sports, youth leisure activities, indoor and outdoor games, as well as enriching educational pursuits.  This will take place in a structured and supervised environment.  For more information contact Cosme Sisneros, at 249-7705 ext. 8568.
  • Fee:  $145 per 4 week session
  • Days:  Monday - Thursday
  • Ages:  11 - 14 Years old
  • Time:  1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Session 1 Dates:  June 5 - June 29
  • Session 2 Dates:  July 10 - August 3
  • Location:  Cottonwood Elementary School and MRD Fieldhouse.  
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Youth Sports
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INTRO TO YOUR CRC - 204300  
Come learn everything you need to know about the brand new Montrose Community Recreation Center.  Each night we will spend in a different part of the facility trying out all it has to offer.  Kids will explore everything from the climbing wall to the game room to the FitZone.  The best part is that each participant will receive a free 20 punch pass to the Rec Center on the last day of the program.  Sign up ASAP as space is limited.  
  • Fee:  $72 or $36 for kids on Free & Reduced Lunch
  • Dates:  Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 6 thru June 29
  • Time:  7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Bonus:  Complete the program and receive a FREE 20 punch pass
  • Ages:  8 - 14 years old 
This weeklong camp will offer girls entering 3rd-6th grade the opportunity to by physically active, explore what makes them unique, serve the community, take a field trip and have some Fun!  Registration includes a shirt, healthy snacks and one lunch prepared at camp.  Girls should bring a water bottle, lunch and wear clothes that they can be active in.  Participants can also play at the CRC from 2:30 to 5 p.m. for a small fee.
  • Fee:  $125 or $150 camp with swimming
  • Ages:  Girls entering 3rd thru 6th Grade
  • Registration Deadline:  June 1st (Limited to 24 girls for more info contact Jill at 257-9267 or
  • Location:  Montrose Community Recreation Center
  • Date:  June 19 - 23
  • Times:  8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  

Each camp will feature the 1000 Touches Curriculum, packed with drills and practices designed to improve individual control, fooskills, 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
  • Register by:  June 13th to receive a free jersey
  • Location:  Cerise Park
  • Dates:  July 17-21
  • Time:  Morning and Afternoon Sessions
  • Fee:  Varies by session
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 Register for one or all of the tournaments get your team together for these fun adult sports tournaments that will have teams from across the Western Slope.  Get your business moving, sponsor or play, contact Wade for more info at
  • Softball Tournament
    • Divisions:  Coed & Men's
    • Date:  June 10 (Men's) June 11 (Coed)
    • Registration Deadline: June 5th  
    • Fee:  $225/team
    • Location:  Ute Park
    • Time:  8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sessions are geared for beginner tennis players and those who might have played years ago but need to relearn strokes.  Drills will be used to teach fundamentals or improve mechanics of all tennis strokes.  Match play strategies will be taught to help participants have more fun while playing recreation tennis.  Minimum of four participants required.
  • Ages:  18 and older
  • Dates:  June 12 - June 28
  • Fee:  $50 per person
  • Days:  Mondays and Wednesdays 
  • Women's Time:  6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Men's Time:  7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Fieldhouse Tennis courts, 25 Colorado Ave.  


Drop-in tennis is going on now for those interested in playing.  Ages & abilities vary.  Adults with any past experience playing are encouraged to come back to the sport.  Dust of the racket and give it a try.

  • Days:  Monday, Wednesday & Friday
  • Fee:  FREE
  • Times:  9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Dates:  on-going
  • Location:  Fieldhouse Tennis Courts 25 Colorado Ave. 
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This is an update from information listed in the MRD Summer Activity Guide.  The information listed below is the correct information.  Join us for a fantastic afternoon of dining and music!  Bring money for lunch in Telluride followed by the 44th Annual Chamber Music Concert.    
  • Date:  Sunday August 13 (this date has changed from the activity guide)
  • Time:  10:30 am - approx. 5:45 pm (concert begins at 2:00 pm)
  • Fee:  $48 (includes transportation and concert ticket)
Lower Taylor River - Almont, CO
This is an in-between class II+ trip.  This 2 hour trip is perfect for those not quite ready for a full blown whitewater trip but who want more than a calm float trip.  The Lower Taylor River starts out with some fun, exciting rapids and then settles down for the second half, with time to enjoy the scenery and look for animals along this stretch.  Guide Company:  Scenic River Expeditions.  
  • Date:  Thursday, June 29
  • Time:  7:00 a.m. - Approx 3:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Meet at the Senior Center at 6:45 a.m.
  • Fee:  $69  
Entering the retirement scene does not always come smoothly.  Maybe playing cards is not for you but you are not sure what is.  Join our group to share ideas and so some networking with others facing the same dilemma.  This is a free group for more information  CLICK HERE

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Aquatic Programs
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The next round of Swim Lessons will be offered in the new Community Recreation Center starting in June.  Dates and and class information are available  here.    
This class will teach basic to intermediate springboard skills.  Students must be proficient in the water with Level 3 or equivalent swim skills. 
  • Instructor:  High School Coach - Nicole Cushenan
  • Days:  Monday - Thursday
  • Time:  10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Fee:  $60
  • Session 1 Dates:  June 5 - June 15
  • Session 2 Dates:  July 10 - July 20 
  • Session 3 Dates:  July 24 - August 3
The CRC allows kayaks and scuba equipment into the pool for practice sessions.  Participants must make a reservation in advance.  Please pre-schedule times through the Aquatic Activities Coordinator at 249-7705 ext. 575.
  • Fee:  Regular admission + $5/boat or tank
  • Time:  Saturdays 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Join us every Friday to enjoy our winding slides, the slack line, the drop slide, the Wibit and 3 meter high dive!  Bring you neighbors, bring your friends for a time that is guaranteed to bring out the best kind of kid in you!
  • Day:  Friday Evenings
  • Time:  4:00 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Fee:  $3
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 advance medical care arrives.  These are blended learning courses.  A majority of the 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 1:  Tuesday, June 13
  • Register by:  June 3rd
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Fee:  $60
  • Location:  CRC Party Rooms
  • Instructor:  American Red Cross Instructor   
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Recreation Activities
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This fun event continues to grow every year!  In the Montrose tourney, doubles teams play on Saturday and mixed doubles play on Sunday in levels 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5.  The fee includes lunch and tournament swag.  First through third place in each division receive awards.  The registration deadline is one week prior to the
 tournament.  For more information Click Here

This program uses the principles and movements of Tai Chi to help older adults improve their balance and confidence in doing everyday activities.  There are eight single forms in the program, tailored for adults who wish to improve balance and mobility and consequently reduce the risk of falling.  Must have a minimum of 5 people signed up to hold the class. 
  • Dates:  June 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29
  • Days:  Tuesday and Thursday
  • Fee:  $56
  • Time:  1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Location:  MRD Fieldhouse (previously Aquatic Center Apex/Omni Rooms)
  • Instructor:  Julie Christy   
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Join us for a week filled with educational and fun activities centered around pets.  We will learn how to be safe around animals as well as how to care for them properly.  The last day of the class is a field trip to the Montrose Animal Shelter.  For ages 8 - 12 who have a desire to make friends with animals.  Participants should bring a photo of a current family pet.  
  • Dates:  June 5 - 9
  • Days:  Monday - Friday
  • Fee:  $15
  • Time:  1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Location:  McNeil Office, 1120 Riverbottem Drive

Job Openings

Child Watch Attendant   - This part time position will help operate the child watch area in the new CRC.  Child watch will be for children of patrons while parents/guardians are using the CRC.  Attendant will be responsible for supervising and entertaining children ages 3 months-10 years old.  Previous experience working with children is required. Attendant must be certified or must be willing to become CPR/First Aid Certified. Shifts are available in the mornings, evenings, weekends and in the summer, as well as anytime youth are out of school. For questions, contact Dana at 249.7705 or  Please submit a completed application (found at, a resume and a cover letter attention Dana Roesener. This can be emailed to or dropped off at the Montrose Community Recreation Center, 16350 Woodgate Rd., behind Wal-Mart. 

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. 
Lifeguard - 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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