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The Winter-Spring Activity Guide Is the Best Way to Plan Your Utilization of MRD Services; we have something for every age and nearly every interest! You can see it right now at www.montroserec.com. The current activity guide is always available, 24/7 365/year, at
www.montroserec.com as well as online registration.
The Summer Guide will be mailed by April 2nd, with registration beginning that same day. The Summer Guide will cover April, May, June and July.
The Bill to Reauthorize Lottery Proceeds for Parks and Recreation Has Passed the Senate at the General Assembly! Now it is on to the State House of Representatives.
to see resolutions urging re-authorization from the City, County, the MRD and the Montrose County School District. Thanks to Senator Don Coram for his YES vote as well as bill sponsorship and Representative Catlin, for his pledged support of re-authorization. Lottery dollars have been at the center of many public projects in Montrose such as the phase II of the CRC, outdoor facilities, the Water Sports Park and even the rebuilding of Columbine Middle School (although the primary source was funds from the State Land Board and the voter approved bond measure). The most recent example of lottery dollars at work is the Connect Trail project.
to see an aerial tour of the trail alignment for the most recent GOCO grant. A $2M GOCO grant will be the main source of funds that builds two bike/ped underpasses under the two busiest roads in Montrose and adds 2.25 miles to the River Trail. Thanks to GOCO and the Colorado Lottery for the amazing support!
Colorado Mesa University Montrose and the Montrose Rec. District Partner to Get Students Recreating. The MRD is excited to announce a new partnership with CMU Montrose that enables student fees paid by Montrose students to be spent to gain access to the Montrose CRC (instead of going to the student recreation center in Grand Junction that they can not easily use). Thanks to CMU!
- MRD Partners with Numerous Non-Profit Agencies Such as the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program. See the article below from Youth Coordinator Justin Mashburn about the MRD's partnership with Telluride Adaptive Sports!
Come Visit Your Montrose Field House and Outdoor Pool: It Is Just As Awesome As Your CRC! For the field area, league and drop-in programs for youth and adults are in full swing this Winter and into the Spring. See page 21 of the Winter/Spring guide to see the schedule, which may also be viewed below. For the latest, visit us on facebook by
and Like the MRD Field House page. This will give you the most current information on your Field House. For the multipurpose space, join Weehawken for one of their many cultural arts programs, and for rental of the summit room, email Matt Imus, Field House Facility Supervisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Finally, join us this summer for the re-opening of the OUTDOOR POOL! This has amenities unique to Montrose including an outdoor pool patio, outdoor slide and outdoor spash pad. It opens on Memorial Day, which is only two short months away!
- The CRC Lap Pool Has Expanded Offerings: More Public Lap Lanes, More Opportunity for Rec. Swimming When Kids Are Out of School and More Lap Lane Space for the Marlins and the MHS Swim Teams! We have updated the lap pool schedule. Beginning in February, we will have more public lap lanes available during the busy 4pm to 6pm timeframe (4 lanes!). This is one thing we heard loud and clear in the recent CRC patron survey. The Marlins and the MHS teams will also get an additional lane (7 lanes!), so these great teams can grow. Then, beginning in August for the Fall semester, the Lap Pool will have most Rec. Features OPEN on non-school days as well as early release days (WEDNESDAYS) including the busy 4pm to 5:30pm slot. Kids, during the school year, on days off from school and early release Wednesdays, bring your swimsuit to the CRC. You'll be able to soar off the 3M and 1M dives, shoot out the drop slide like a cannonball, race across the Wibit inflatable or balance on the slack line. It'll make Wednesdays feel like a weekend, which is the only time we have been able to open these features, until now! Questions, please call the CRC at 249.7705 and talk with Liz or Melissa.
Program Highlights for more info., see corresponding program section below or the Summer Guide):
Girls Volleyball Clinic:
registration deadline March 5th.
5th to 8th Grade Volleyball:
registration deadline of March 5th.
Girls Volleyball Clinic:
registration deadline March 5th.
Adult Volleyball League:
registration deadline March 5th.
registration deadline March 7th.
Adult Drop in Soccer at the Field House: deadline is April 10th.
Intro to Pickleball: registration deadline of April 17th.
Thanks for being a patron and/or supporter! Happy March!
-The MRD team
Montrose Sweet 16 Pickleball Tournament
By: Cindy Marino, MRD 50+/Fitness & Wellness Coordinator
On Saturday February 7th, the CRC hosted the 2nd annual Sweet 16 Pickleball Tournament! In addition to our Montrose players, we had players from Gunnison, Grand Junction, Fruita, Clifton, Nucla, Delta, Cedaredge, Austin, Hotchkiss, Eckert and Ridgway. I appreciate everyone traveling to play with us in Montrose!
Special thanks to Lynn Bartling, Doug Rood, Maxine Behrman and Judy Fairchild for volunteering. Thanks to Tracie Rief for making the awards for the winners.
Congratulations to the following players who placed in each division:
1st Place Linda Lichtendahl
2nd Place Tom Marcotte
3rd Place Mary Kusack
3.5 division - morning
1st Place Jack Elsea
2nd Place Brent Culver
3rd Place Peggy Byers
3.5 division - afternoon
1st Place Dave Jones
2nd Place Bill Dowis
3rd Place Steve Gustin
1st Place Boonmy Sabandit
2nd Place Phil Yeaton
3rd Place Corey Elliott
The Montrose leg of the Alpine Bank Western Region Tournament takes place on June 2nd and 3rd. Registration begins April 2nd. We historically have around 100+ players. Come join the fun!
Here are some great pics from the event:
The Evolution of
Parks and Recreation in Montrose
By: Cosme Sisneros, MRD Operations Manager
As I sat down to write this article, I could not help but reflect on the past and on how far the Montrose community has come in terms of our parks and recreation system. For the Montrose Rec. District (MRD), we have gone from being that small three room office (house) on south 1
street just across from City Hall to what we are today! When I first walked through its doors in the summer of 1975 to begin my career with the recreation district, never in my wildest dreams would I have guessed what was in store for parks and recreation in Montrose, Colorado, nor would I have believed that I would have been around to see it all!
To give you a better perspective and appreciation for what I am referring to perhaps a bit of history is in order. The formation of the Montrose Metropolitan Recreational District, as it was known back then, was on September 21, 1956, primarily established for the purpose of operating an outdoor swimming pool and providing public recreation. The Veteran Memorial Pool was dedicated on June 9, 1957 as a seasonal outdoor pool, located on south 12
th street adjacent to the Magic Circle Theatre. The Swimming Pool Park and two tennis courts were also operated by the recreation district at this same site. On any given summer day, the outdoor pool would reach capacity within minutes of opening its doors at 1:00 pm!
In addition to the original pool, there were the growth of programs. Many, if not all, of the program offerings provided for the Montrose community were what I like to call, "Grass Roots Programs", meaning that they were established by members of the community for the people of the community. Youth and adult sports programs have always been especially important to the folks in the Montrose community! Programs such as the Old Timers Association (OTA) Baseball, established in 1945 and operated by its own OTA board. The Pigtail Softball Program, established in the 1960's, which was one of the first programs that I became the director for. And then of course, you had the adult sports programs, which were very rich in tradition. The Adult Basketball Leagues, established in 1957, which had a long history of teams who participated, year after year, such as, Stockman's Café, Budgetline Furniture, etc. The Adult Softball Program was established in the early 1960's. It also had its long history of team who participated in the Men's and Women's Fast Pitch Softball Leagues. Teams like Chipeta Café, Red Barn, Flairmont Furniture, Jeans Westerner, just to mention a few. As the citizens desired, we started other youth sports programs, beginning with the Youth Basketball Program in 1975 and the Youth Soccer Program in 1980. Now more than 300 kids participate in youth basketball and over 600 participate in youth soccer.
Now, you might ask yourself, where would have all of these recreational programs and activities have taken place since the recreation district did not own any athletic fields or gyms at the time. The sports programs were administered on and in the community's facilities such as school gymnasiums. Sports programs were administered at the Columbine Middle School Field and an adult softball field was located behind Montrose High School, where present day Lloyd McMillan Gym now sits. The recreation district did eventually add outdoor athletic facilities. This included Holly Park in 1975, Ute Park in 1985, McNeil Fields in 1995. The community's first indoor facility, the Aquatic Center, opened in 1987. This facility was recently renovated into a Field House with the hosting of the grand opening on December 2
nd, 2017. If you haven't seen it, check it out. It is a sight to see!
Enough said about the history of the recreation district. Let's talk about the present and the future of the Montrose Recreation District! We are quickly approaching the one year anniversary of the grand opening of our Montrose Community Recreation Center (CRC), which will be on January 27, 2018. It has been completely embraced by our community, for which we are extremely grateful.
Although I am nearing the end of my career in the parks and recreation field, I am more excited than ever for the future of the Montrose Recreation District (MRD) and what it has meant and will continue to mean to our community! From the time that we opened the doors to the new CRC, I have enjoyed greeting and getting reacquainted with many "old" friends. I have seen countless past participants of our youth and adult athletic programs and the various people that I grew up with through our Montrose Recreation District family. I have enjoyed watching families with their children, adults and seniors, alike; discovering a whole new aspect of what our recreation district has to offer Montrose. Introducing and bringing on a full service recreation center facility as well as the Field House to the Montrose community has elevated Montrose to new heights. It will certainly do wonders to enhance our ability to provide better programming, better services, and a better quality of life for our entire community! It has been a wonderful experience witnessing and being a part of the evolution of parks and recreation in Montrose!
MRD Fit Zone - Spotlight
Body Sculpting and Tabata Body Sculpt
Have you been to the Montrose CRC on a Monday or Friday morning and wondered what 45+ people were doing on the Blue Court with mats, stability balls, exercise bands, and weights? These CRC members have discovered the fun, challenging, and social aspects of MRD's Body Sculpting Class. Body Sculpting is a non-aerobic, muscle-toning class that focuses on strengthening the entire body. Class participants use various equipment including weighted bars, dumbbells, exercise bands and stability balls to obtain a full-body workout.
Body Sculpting has become one of the most popular classes offered through the MRD Fit Zone, often filling the entire Blue Court. The class benefits all age groups by helping improve muscle tone, core strength, flexibility, and bone density. It also helps promote weight loss. The more you increase your body's muscle mass, the more you can see and feel results, and the more calories you can burn throughout the day!
Body Sculpting is instructed by Fit Zone Instructor Jenni Malone who puts emphasis on doing exercises with proper form and breathing to ensure exercises are done correctly and safely. She utilizes various creative formats to add variety and make the class fun. Body Sculpting is held on Monday and Friday at 9:30am on the Blue Court in the CRC Gymnasium. Friday's class is taught using a Tabata format, which utilizes timed intervals instead of repetitions.
If weeknight classes better fit your schedule, consider attending Jenni's Tabata Body Sculpt Class on Thursday Nights at 4:30pm in the Fit Zone Room. This 45-minute class is also taught using timed intervals rather than repetitions. All fitness levels are welcome to attend all classes.
We are pleased to announce the reopening of the Outdoor Pool at the Field House beginning Friday, May 25th. Soak up the sun on the lawn, enjoy the thrill of the slide and make a splash on the splash pad!
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.
Soccer is a fun way for kids to get off the couch, meet new friends and stay in shape! All participants are required to wear shin guards and MRD jersey on game days. These can be purchased for $24 at the Rec. Center and can be worn for many seasons.
- Fee: $38
- Registration Deadline: Tuesday, March 13
- Practice: Begin March 26 (no practice over Spring Break)
- Games: April 12 to May 19
- 5YO - Kindergarten
- 1st & 2nd Grade
- 3rd & 4th Grade
- 5th & 6th Grade
- 7th & 8th Grade (Coed)
5TH - 8TH GRADE GIRLS VOLLEYBALL - 1301008
The numbers for this program have been increasing each year thanks to great volunteer coaches! Teams will practice twice per week and play a total of six matches on Friday evenings through the season.
- Fee: $38
- Registration Deadline: March 5
- Practices: Begin March 12
- Games: Friday nights at the Rec. Center
- Last day of season: April 20
All teams will travel to games and tournaments across the Western Slope. Teams will be based on age as of August 31st not grade as we have done previously.
- Fee: $50
- Registration Deadline: March 12
- Practices: Weeknights starting March 19 at 5:30 or 6:00 p.m.
- Games: April 15 thru May 20
- Ages: U9, U11, U13 & U15
(click activity number listed next to program to register online)
SPRING VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE - 1401010
4 v 4 indoor volleyball! Get in the spirit of Spring, get a team together and play volleyball! Teams consist of at least 4 people (coed 2 men & 2 women)
- Team Fee: $200 ($100 due at time of registration)
- League Games: March 12 - April 26
- Registration Deadline: March 5
- Time: 6:30 - 9:30
- Women's Leisure (Mondays)
- Women's Competitive (Wednesdays
- Coed Leisure (Tuesdays)
- Coed Competitive (Thursdays)
It is never too soon to start getting your team ready for adult softball.
- Team Fee: $525 ($200 due at time of registration)
- Dates: May 7 - July 26
- Time: 6:15 - 10:15 p.m
- Men's Leisure (Mondays)
- Men's Competitive (Wednesdays)
- Coed Leisure (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
- Coed Competitive (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
- Coed Over 40 (Thursdays)
PICKLEBALL DROP-IN PLAY
Try out one of the fastest growing sports in the country! Pickleball is a racquet sport which combines the elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. The game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast paced, competitive game for experienced players.
- Date: December - March
- Fee: Price of admission to Rec. Center
- Location: Montrose Community Rec. Center Gym
- Click Here to see current gym schedule.
Eckert Crane Days with the Black Canyon Audubon Society
Every year the Greater Sandhill Cranes migrate north to their nesting grounds. They pass through Harts Basin on their journey. The cranes tend to land in the afternoon or early evening and stay overnight to feed and rest. They resume their flight the following morning. We will attempt to see them take off en masses. It is a sight to see. We will eat lunch and then attend an educational presentation put on by the Black Canyon Audubon Society.
- Date: Saturday, March 17
- Time: 9:00 a.m. - approx 3:30 p.m.
- Fee: $20 (bring money for lunch)
- Location: Meet at the Senior Center at 8:45 a.m.
This is a self-led, taped program with a volunteer instructor, Esther Montonati. Increase your flexibility & add to your energy.
- Fee: Free
- Time: 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
- Days: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
- Location: Senior Center
GREAT TRAINS & GRAND CANYONS
The MRD 50+ program is teaming up with World Premier Travel to provide additional travel opportunities to Montrose residents. Spend 5 nights amongst the red rocks at a resort in beautiful Sedona, Arizona departing on October 7, 2018. Check out all the information by clicking the link. If you have an questions about this trip contact 50+ coordinator Cindy Marino at (970) 252-4884 or by email at email@example.com.
(click activity number listed next to program to register online)
for current pool hours.
This course teaches CPR, First Aid and all the rescue techniques. This class is offered to individuals 15 years and older.
This will be a blended learning course with instruction both online and in the pool. Students will be charged an additional $35 by the American Red Cross when enrolling for the online portion. Participant must be available to attend all in-person training sessions.
Required pre-test is a 300 meter swim, two minute water tread without hands and retrieving a ten pound brick from the bottom of the pool 9 feet or deeper. Get your pre-test done and registered before the class is full!
- Location: Montrose Community Recreation Center
- Fee: $100
- Wednesday, March 7th 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
- Thursday, March 8th 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
- Friday, March 9th 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- Saturday, March 10th 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
- Monday, March 12th 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTOR COURSE - 3103017
This course provides swim lesson instructor candidates the training needed to teach children and adults how to swim. Participants develop their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate the progress of participants.
- Date: Wednesdays, April 11, 18, 25 and May 2, & 9
- Time: 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
- Co-Teaching Dates: April 17, 19, 24, 26 and May 1, 3, 8, & 10
- Co-Teaching Times: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
- Fee: $130
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
Hatha Yoga is the perfect antidote to our busy lives. Yoga reduces stress and improves the health of mind and body. Perfect for those newer to exercise or as a complement to vigorous workouts. Mats and props provided. Wear comfortable, fitted clothing that allows free movement. We generally practice barefoot. All experience levels welcome. Age 14+ or by instructor approval.
- Fee: $36/ sessions or $11 drop-in
- Day: Tuesday
- Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
- Location: MRD Field House Summit Room
- Dates: March 6, 13, 20 & 27
TAW KWON DO/ HOPKIDO - 2202023
Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art that can be taught as an Olympic sport for self defense or for health and fitness. It helps develop self-confidence, balance, self-control and leadership. Hapkido is Korean martial art used for conditioning and self-defense. Students age 7 to adult. Veterans may take the class for free. Instructor Ed Ulibarri is a master instructor with 30+ years of teaching experience. You may try one class for free to decide if it is right for you prior to registering.
- Fee: $35 per session
- Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:45 - 6:00 p.m.
- Location: Warrior Resource Center, 11 S. Park Ave.
- Dates: March 1 - 29
Learn new dances or increase your current dancing skills. Bring water and your happy dancing feet. No partner needed to participate. Register early to prevent class cancellation! Drop-in fee for classes is $10.
- Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
- Location: MRD Field House Summit Room (25 Colorado Ave.)
- Fee: $10 drop in or $35 for entire session
- Remaining Sessions:
Full-Time Custodial Leader.
The Montrose Recreation District (MRD) is accepting applications for the full time Custodial Leader position to lead the cleaning and support the maintenance of the new Montrose Community Recreation Center (CRC) and the Montrose Field House. This recruitment is happening at a very exciting time, as MRD recently opened the Community Recreation Center and Montrose Field House to better serve Montrose! 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. Patrons come for the facilities but stay because of the people (especially because of the cleanliness and comfort of the facilities managed and maintained by the staff).
The full time work schedule will include some evenings and weekends depending on facility needs, but be primarily in the early mornings to the early afternoons M-F. This position will supervise several part time employees and may work with a cleaning service. The successful candidate will have exceptional attention to detail, a strong work ethic, knowledge of and experience in cleaning large, busy public facilities, and believe fully in the mission of the MRD (as well as understand their important role in the MRD achieving our mission).
A high school degree or GED and driver's license are required. A minimum of one (1) year of custodial experience is required.
The base salary is $27,000 per year. An excellent and comprehensive benefits package (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: March 21, 2018 at 5pm. Click Here to apply.
Youth Soccer Officials
This is a part-time seasonal position that provides a critical competent of running our youth sports programs. Our officials receive free training, uniforms and whistles. Officials will ref Soccer games that range from
5 Years old up to 7th and 8th grade games. Pay is based on the level of each game officiated. Opportunities to officiate other sports throughout the year are also available to officials interested in officiating other sports. Please email Kevin, Recreation leader at Kevin@montroserec.com 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 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.