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The Summer Activity Guide Is the Best Way For You to Figure Out How to Plug-In and Take Advantage of MRD Services! You can see the guide right now at
www.montroserec.com. The current activity guide is always available at 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. We have 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). The Outdoor Slide stairwell is still currently under renovation but this will be complete and open to the public towards the end of this week. Because of this, until the Outdoor Slide opens, patrons will receive a Buy One Get One Coupon to be used on their next visit. Come enjoy the only public outdoor pool in town! Fun in the Sun!
- The Montrose Recreation Foundation 6th Annual Tap Night is TONIGHT, Tuesday May 29th!
The Silent Auction will happen from 5pm to 9pm and a variety of great items are available thanks to numerous Montrose Businesses and Individuals. Funds raised from this event will benefit the Holly Park Renovation and Riverbottom Drive Widening project, which hinges on a $1M Department of Local Affairs grant. Each dollar we raise locally is leveraged greatly with pursuing grants from outside the community. Come join the fun! See the flyer below.
Large School Groups Continue to Visit the CRC as Summer Begins!
to view the schedule of large school groups.
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):
Youth Baseball and Softball Sponsor:
registration deadline June 4.
Fall Youth Soccer: registration deadline August 20.
Women's Volleyball: deadline is in September.
Thanks for being a patron and/or supporter! Happy Summer!!
-The MRD team
MRD News: A Portrait of MRD Patrons
By Board Member Mike Brown
Greetings from the Montrose Recreation District. I feel very privileged to be starting my second full term as a member of the Board of Directors. The Board is very proud of what we have accomplished in the last few years but we are also very excited about some of the new projects we are undertaking.
But before I get to the latest developments on the capital projects, I would like to tell you a few stories relating to some of our regular patrons. If you are a frequent visitor to the CRC, as I am, you surely have seen Jim and Miriam Huffman on the climbing wall as you enter the building. Being a Midwesterner (flatlander) for 61 years, I was not sold on the importance of a climbing wall as we planned the building. It seemed to me to be something that would not be used by many. My thinking has undergone a complete reversal since we opened.
Jim and Miriam Huffman are a truly special couple. Jim is 81 years old and Miriam in her mid 70's. They use the wall at least 3-4 times a week and volunteer to help out on the wall when we have special school groups in the building this time of year. Jim learned to climb in Virginia when he was much younger and Miriam was introduced to climbing when they moved to Boulder. Fourteen years ago they moved to Montrose. They are very active seniors. In addition to the climbing wall they use the upstairs fitness area, the pool and they are avid cyclists. They had never been on a climbing wall until they walked into the CRC last March for their first visit.
They have been hooked ever since. Jim talks about the realism of the wall, its texture and the natural looking cracks and holes. Miriam (who has a personal record of 25 trips up the wall in one session) talks about the fitness benefit in terms of strength and flexibility as an important factor in maintaining their health and their positive outlook on life. The ever changing climbing routes present fresh challenges that they look forward to mastering. As I visited with them, they declared that in their 14 years the new CRC was "the best thing that has happened to Montrose".
Being a retired basketball coach I was more excited by the prospect of three basketball courts than the climbing wall. I am in the building exercising frequently and it is so satisfying to me to see the way the courts are used. Besides basketball, volleyball, pickleball and fitness classes occupy the courts at various times. Conner Imus is finishing his sophomore year at Montrose High School. He is a frequent visitor of the CRC and can often be found on the basketball courts in a pickup game or doing some individual shooting and ball handling skill work. I visited with Conner a few weeks ago as he took a short break from a workout of individual shooting. The high school team had a very successful season and Conner received some nice individual honors. Through the years Conner has been involved in the MRD soccer and basketball programs as a player and as a referee. He also uses the upstairs fitness area to build strength and flexibility for his athletic endeavors. Conner serves as an example to young, potential "gym rats" that the CRC is a place to develop the skills needed to be successful as well as confidence needed to become a very good high school player.
I thought these two brief profiles would give readers an idea of the typical CRC patron. Hopefully, you enjoyed these stories. With the CRC and Field House are online, more improvements are underway. In partnership with the City of Montrose, work on the Connect Trail Project is moving forward nicely as all the necessary land acquisitions have been completed. This will extend the River Trail by 2.25 miles and build two bike/ped underpasses under our two busiest roads, Townsend and West Main. The Board has also hired a design team to begin planning the renovation of Holly Park (the oldest park in the MRD system). There will be opportunities in the near future for community input regarding the appearance and usage of this park. The MRD is also partnering with the City of Montrose to improve the entrance to Riverbottom Park. In addition to making it safer, it will be a more visually appealing entrance. There are plans to widen Riverbottom Drive, cover the small canal that runs parallel to the road, and increase parking. A Department of Local Affairs grant is being pursued to largely fund these improvements.
Finally, I would encourage you to come to the Community Tap night that will be held at Horsefly on Tuesday, May 29. The Montrose Recreation Foundation is hosting the event and the proceeds will go to fulfill the pledge that the MRF has made to the Holly Park renovation project. Besides food and beverages, there will be a silent auction from 5pm to 8pm. We hope to see you there supporting the MRF and the MRD as we continue to do our best to fulfill our mission to the community of Montrose.
Mike Brown, MRD Board Member
MRD Partner Organization Recognition
USA Pickleball Association
By: Cindy Marino
USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) www.usapa.org/
Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country.
paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. Pickleball combines the elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis. It can be played indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court with a slightly modified tennis net. It is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes. You can play doubles or singles.
The USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) was organized to promote the growth and development of pickleball, not only on a national but an international level. This organization provides players with official rules, tournaments, rankings, and promotional materials.
The USAPA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. It is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board is committed to further the growth of pickleball among players of all ages. It provides the infrastructure for the development of the sport through distribution of official rules, sponsoring and sanctioning tournaments and clinics, ranking players, communicating with its members via e-mail and newsletters, training of all levels of players, and otherwise promoting pickleball.
Each state has a number of volunteer Pickleball Ambassadors who have pledged to promote the sport of pickleball and the USAPA in the local area they represent. The main prerequisite is a love of the sport and the desire to share our game with others of all ages. Some full-time RV'ers are Ambassadors 'at large' who promote our sport during their travels.
The USAPA encourages all players to become members of the association.
Membership supports a variety of USAPA initiatives such as:
- Maintaining rules and equipment standards
- Introductory and developmental programs for all ages
- Provide competitive play through USAPA sanctioned events and tournaments
- Provide and maintain a Places to Play database (by country and state)
Ridgway players applied for and received a grant from USAPA to purchase nets and paddles in order to get their program started a few years back.
What Benefits Do Members Receive?
- FREE e-mailed Copies of 'Pickleball Magazine' (6 per year)
- 50% Discount (off cover price) of Mailed Subscription of 'Pickleball Magazine'
- $10 Discount on USAPA Net System
- Seasonal Discounts on USAPA Merchandise
- USAPA e-Newsletter (6 per year)
- Expanded Member Rewards (hotels, rental cars, restaurants)
- Member Upgrade Options (optional USAPA discount products members can select during the online registration process)
- USAPA Rating for all Sanctioned Tournaments
- Secondary Medical Insurance for USAPA-Sanctioned Tournaments
- Printable USAPA Membership Card
- Member Access to new 'Look-Up' on USAPA Website
- Member Access to new 'Partner Search' on USAPA Website
- Member Access to new 'Referee Trainer Guide' on USAPA Website
- Member Access to new 'Referee Handbook' on USAPA Website
If you are interested in learning more about the MRD pickleball program, call Cindy Marino at 252-4884. We offer an Intro to Pickleball Clinic for new players. You will learn the rules of the game and paddle technique at the clinic. We hope to see you on the courts.
MRD Fit Zone Spotlight on TRX®
MRD Fitness Area Rules
We have had several inquiries about rules for the Fitness Area as well as some questions about proper etiquette in the fitness area and group fitness classes. Please find rules listed below and be on the lookout for etiquette guidelines in the June newsletter.
FITNESS AREA RULES
- Please follow the patron code of conduct
- Patrons upstairs must be 16 years or older
- Youth 14 and 15 years of age are permitted upon completion of a fitness orientation
- Collars must be used on free weights at all times
- Please wipe down all equipment and mats after every use
- If you do not know how to use a piece of equipment, please ask a staff member
- Do not place weights or bars on benches, seats or other upholstery
- Re-rack weights and put equipment in proper storage area when finished
- Do not drop weights. It damages the floor and creates a disruption
- Jeans, boots, or other abrasive clothing are not permitted on weight machines, benches and cardio machines
- Please limit use of cardiovascular machines to 30 minutes during peak hours or when others are waiting
- Refrain from monopolizing multiple machines or weight stations when others are present and allow others to "work-in" during peak hours
- Appropriate closed-toe footwear must be worn in the fitness area at all times
- Food, gum, glass and open beverage containers are prohibited
- Please refrain from foul, offensive language & other negative behavior
- No horseplay or inappropriate use of equipment
- No talking on cell phones in the fitness area
- Please use weightlifting gloves, straps, or liquid chalk (no powdered chalk permitted)
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: Fridays June 15, July 20, August 17
- Fee: $5
YOUTH BASEBALL & SOFTBALL SPONSOR - 3047039
Want to get the word out about your business and help the community at the same time? Sponsor one of our youth baseball or softball teams. Each sponsor will get their choice of jersey color and will be the exclusive sponsor of a team. Business names will be posted on each jersey as well as in the season schedule.
Fee is $175. Please register by Monday, June 4th.
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: McNeil Field
- 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 - 3404008
Get your team together for the Best of the West softball tournament and join teams from all across the Western Slope.
- Date: Saturday, June 9
- Fee: $225 per team
- Register by: June 4
ALPINE BANK WESTERN REGION PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT
This fun event continues to grow every year! Doubles teams play on Saturday and mixed doubles play on Sunday in levels 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5. and above. First through third place receive awards. The registration deadline is one week prior to tournament. Call Cindy at 252-4884 for more information.
- Date: June 2 & 3
- Time: 8:00 a.m .- 4:30 p.m.
- Fee: $35 for tourney entry (play one or both days)
- Location: Field House courts and Montrose CRC courts
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
Informational Presentation: Thursday, June 21 @ 1:00 p.m. Call Cindy at 252-4884 to register for this free presentation. We need to know how many will attend. Free informational meeting; 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.
- 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
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
Rec./Marketing Leader (Full Time Position).
The Montrose Recreation District (MRD) is accepting applications for the Recreation/Marketing Leader position to support the operation, coordination, organization and promotion of services offered by the Montrose Recreation District. This includes at current outdoor facilities as well as out of the new Montrose Community Recreation Center (CRC, opened in January 2017) and the Montrose Field House (opened in November 2017).
Primary duties include implementing youth and adult programs such as soccer (indoor and outdoor), baseball, basketball, volleyball and softball. Additionally, this person takes the lead on several marketing efforts as well as some facility operations working with MRD's registration software. The selected candidate will be centrally involved in maximizing the quality and quantity of service for Montrose, to build community and better the quality of life.
The work schedule will include evenings and weekends depending on facility needs, with many hours typically spent in the evening. The successful candidate will have excellent communication, organizational, writing and public relation skills. A bachelor's degree and driver's license are required. Degrees in public administration, recreation management, and/or business marketing are preferred. A minimum of one (1) year of recreation programming, recreation center and/or professional marketing experience is required. Starting salary is $34,000-$36,000. An excellent and comprehensive benefits package is also provided (including Paid Time Off, Paid Holidays, Health and Life Insurance, a family annual pass to the CRC and the Field House) is also included as compensation. The MRD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 5, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
The recruitment timeline is as follows:
Post Job Listing: May 15. Deadline: June 5 at 3pm
Projected Interviews: June 7 (strong applicants should plan on this day)
Projected Start Date: June 11
More information, including the required application, is available on the MRD website at
under 'employment'. Please submit completed application, resume and cover letter to MRD, Attn: Ken Sherbenou, 16350 Woodgate Road Montrose CO, 81401 or mail to PO Box 63, Montrose, CO 81402.
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.
Summer Adventures / Club 1114 Group Leader
This position is responsible for the planning, directing and leading of our Summer Adventures program, for 6-10 year olds or Club 1114 for 11-14 year olds. Group Leaders are responsible for implementing the Theme Week Activities for each week, supervising Program Aides, and completing accident/incident reports. Group Leaders report directly to the Summer Enrichment Program Coordinator.
Summer Adventures / Club 1114 Program Aides
This position is responsible for the direct supervision of the Summer Adventures and Club 1114 program participants, at all times. The Program Aides are responsible for leading and engaging the children in the Theme Week Activities, and helping ensure their safety during participation in the various activities provided: outdoor recreation, sports and leisure activities, team sports, new games, performing arts, hobbies, nature projects, arts & crafts, learning experiences, and field trips. Must be a minimum of 16 years of age.
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.