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May 2017    

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  • The Summer 2017 Activity Guide will be in everyone's mailbox by Monday May 1st.  Registration begins today! It is also available online now by clicking here !  The current guide is always available at   
  • The CRC parking lot may seem full, but there is still plenty of room! Some have decided not to come in the CRC for fear it is just too busy.  While there are many people in the CRC at any given time, people are spread out through the large building.  So, you'll be able to find things that you want to do at pretty much any time.  Thanks to those that are coming and, if you have not been, please come check us out!
  • More Good Stuff to Come, including the Field House and Phase II of the CRC, Outdoor Facilities! 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 "More Good Stuff to Come" below.  
  • Scholarships for Youth in Need Now Apply to Facility Access! Thanks to effective fundraising by the MRF, 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! 
    Weare 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.
  • Summer is almost here!  See the Summer Activity Guide for updated information on the CRC including summer schedules, hours and programs.
  • 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!  All classes are now at the CRC. 
    3. Montrose Retiree Group, page 22 of the summer guide.  Deadline is May 15.
    4. Girls on the Run Summer Camp, page 34 of the summer guide.  Deadline is June 1.
    5. Summer Adventures Youth Camp, page 33 of the summer guide.  Deadline is June 5.
    6. Youth Tennis Lessons, page 35 of the summer guide.  Deadline is June 6.
    7. Adult Tennis Lessons, page 38 of the summer guide.  Deadline is June 12.
    8. Youth Outdoors, page 32 of the summer guide.  Deadlines vary by program.
    9. Pickleball Tournament, page 28 of the summer guide.  Deadline varies per tournaments around the western slope.  This is a great reason for a getaway!
    10. Calligraphy for Beginners, page 29 of the summer guide.  Deadline is June 22.
    11. Sporties for Shorties, page 34 of the summer guide.  Deadline is July 18.
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-The MRD
MRD News:
More Good Stuff to Come!
By Ken Sherbenou, Executive Director 

The Community Recreation Center (CRC) has been open for two months now. I must say, we have been completely humbled by the extent it has been embraced by the community. We are so honored to manage this new wonderful piece of Montrose infrastructure, and it is extremely satisfying to see the community take ownership of its recreation center. Participation has exceeded our expectations, and we are very grateful to all, both our regular regulars and our new regulars. We hope you use your Rec. Center a lot, for a very long time.
With so much excitement about the new indoor recreational opportunities available, the other amenities that will soon be online have been somewhat overshadowed. This includes the site work and landscaping that is a part of phase I, the CRC construction. With the warmer weather and the irrigation water flowing, crews have been busy planting trees and bushes, pouring sidewalks, building the irrigation pond south of the canal, as well as preparing the outdoor child watch, party room and pool patios for use. Our thanks to Julee Wolverton, Montrose's very own Olmsteadesk, landscape architect. Julee has done well to design the exterior to be just as beautiful as the interior, and we are soon to see the fruits of that labor.
Additionally, thanks to a Great Outdoor Colorado (GOCO) grant that comes from Lottery proceeds, phase II, Outdoor Facilities, will be online soon as well.   The perimeter trail, which we have dubbed as the outdoor walk/jog track, is open now. The two climbing boulders, the erosion boulder and the mighty fin, are also open now. The six outside pickleball courts will open in June or July. They are currently complete, but they are awaiting their final coat and stripping which requires consistently warm weather. The multipurpose fields, about 4 acres, will be seeded with Kentucky bluegrass shortly, and then will be ready for play in July or August. We will soon see very regular activity not only inside the CRC but also outside.
Furthermore, as a part of CRC project, the old Aquatic Center, which provided great service to the community for 30 years, is being renovated into an indoor turf Field House. Construction crews have completed demolition that includes filling in the pool and blasting a path for a new hallway through the old women's locker room (which maximizes the field length). The renovation project is proceeding well overall but there have been a few hiccups. For example, we will need to reinforce some beams that were negatively affected by the humid pool environment. Once complete, the Field House will be able to well serve Montrose for a very long time to come.   It will include an indoor turf field, three multi-purpose rooms and the existing outdoor pool. At this point, it is uncertain if MRD will be able to open the outdoor pool this summer.   We will keep the community posted and announce the Field House Grand Opening in the media and in our newsletters once the plan for opening coalesces.  
Finally, if you have not been to the CRC, please come check it out. Some drive by and see a full parking lot and decide to stay away for fear it is too busy. Although a lot of people are in the CRC using it, it is a huge facility with tremendous capacity. We did our best to offer as much and as many activities as possible. This means that you will be able to find something you what you want to do even though the facility has a lot of people in it. I believe the best exercise is that which you will actually do. Thus, the CRC was designed to provide a seemingly limitless menu of recreational opportunities, which will hopefully keep you active and engaged for the long haul!

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Black Hills Energy presented MRD with a $50,000 rebate to help offset the capital costs of installing high efficiency HVAC equipment. 
Thanks to Black Hills!

The landscaping in front of and around the CRC is progressing.  For example, over the past several weeks, construction crews have been excavating in front of the CRC.  They are removing some of the fill and replacing it with top soil so trees and bushes grow well.  Site work also includes completing the patios off the pool, the child watch and party rooms.

The Rotary Fishing Derby is next weekend, May 6th from 9am to 11am!

MRD Fit Zone 
MRD Fit Zone offers an outstanding Group Fitness Program! With 42 classes taught each week and 20 different instructors, there is variety for everyone! Our classes include: Barre; Body Sculpting; Cardio Strength; Circuit Training; Chair Yoga; Silver Sneakers Classic; Silver Sneakers Cardio Fit; Spin; Strength, Balance, Yoga; Strength & Conditioning; Strong; TRX; Yoga; and Zumba. Why choose Group Fitness? One of the main reasons is MOTIVATION! Our hard working instructors are dedicated to inspiring and motivating their students - it is all about making sure your experience is a positive one! It does not get any more empowering than having an instructor who encourages and supports their students! Being part of our Group Fitness atmosphere motivates students to dig deeper and push harder than they would exercising on their own. Group Fitness is also a great way to prevent boredom and create muscle confusion, which keeps you body guessing and, in turn, ramps up your metabolism so you get REAL RESULTS!  Additionally, each class is designed to be FUN with engaging music, high energy, and a positive atmosphere. This is what you will find within all the classes offered in the Fit Zone program! We invite all to come be a part the MRD Group Fitness experience! Be sure to pick up a class schedule or visit
View  the FitZone Calendar Here 
to view daily fitness class schedule.  These FitZone classes are all included with admission. 
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.  

YOUTH BASEBALL & SOFTBALL - 3047001 & 3046004
Take part in America's favorite pastime!  The MRD summer ball programs do not conflict with the spring soccer program.  Kids will learn teamwork, eye-hand coordination and sportsmanship.  Games are played Monday through Thursday evenings.  Fee includes the cost of uniform shirts that all participants get to keep at season's end.  The MRD summer baseball & softball program are perfect for both firs timers and kids who have played before.  Leagues will be formed for the following age groups, with boys and girls competing separately.  Program scholarships are available to children who qualify.  
  • Registration Deadline:  Monday, May 23
  • Fee:  $38
  • Location:  McNeil Field
  • Days:  Monday - Thursday
  • Divisions
    • Coach Pitch (5 & 6 YO)
    • Machine Pitch (7 & 8 YO)
    • A Baseball & A Softball  (9-11 YO)
    • AA Baseball & AA Softball (12-14 YO)
  • Dates:  June 5 - July 20
  • Time:  5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Coaches meeting:  Wednesday, May 31
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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
  • 4v4 Volleyball Tournament
    • Divisions:  Coed & Women's
    • Date:  May 13
    • Registration Deadline:  May 8
    • Fee:  $100/team
    • Location:  Montrose Community Recreation Center
    • 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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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

The students will learn basic brush control and decorative painting techniques to complete projects using patterns and acrylic craft paint.  Surface prep, painting basics and brush care are part of the instruction.  Be sure to check the description in the Montrose Recreation District Activity Guide for a list of required supplies for the class.  
  • Dates:  3rd Wednesday May - August
    • May 17, June 21, July 19 and August 16
  • Location:  Senior Center Craft Room
  • Time:  9:00 a.m. - noon
  • Fee:  $5 per class (paid to instructor)
  • Instructor:  Debra Houts 
Experience Colorado's incredible scenery through hiking.  Wear good hiking shoes or boots, wear sunscreen and bring ample water.  Dress in layers and bring a sack lunch for all trips.  Hikes may be rescheduled and locations are subject to change based on weather conditions.  
  • Baldy- Near Ouray 
    • Tuesday, June 13
    • Fee:  $18
  • Washington Gulch to Viewpoint - Crested Butte
    • Tuesday, July 18
    • Fee:  $20 
  • Snodgrass Trail- Crested Butte
    • Tuesday, August 1
    • Fee:  $20
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Aquatic Programs
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Click Here  to see the new party packages that will be offered at the new Montrose Community Recreation Center!  With so many amenities we are excited to invite you to customize your party package to fit your party needs.  
The next round of Swim Lessons will be offered in the new Community Recreation Center starting in February.  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
 Make a splash with water exercise! This is the perfect exercise for people just starting a routine, or those that want to diversify their workouts! Water aerobics offers a great cardiovascular workout that will tone the entire body. The buoyancy of the water also helps protect the joints and is perfect for participants at all levels. Please click here  to see specifics on classes offered and times classes meet.
  • 20-Use Punch Card (for use in any class)
    • Adult: $108
    • Senior:  $90
  • Drop-In Fee: Senior $5 Adult $6
  • Classes offered:
    • Aqua Aerobics
    • Splash Aerobics
    • Express Aerobics
    • The Aerobic Zone
    • Twinges in the Hinges
    • The Deep
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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
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MINI MAPA - 3203011
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

Laurie will take riders around the Sunset Mesa area and show them the network of trails that are now available for riding.  Some minimum skill and fitness level is needed to be able to ride beginner to intermediate single track.  There are over 7 miles of trails to discover that climb up the mesa, traverse the relatively open top of the mesa, and wind through riparian trees and shrubs along the river.  Bike should be in good working order and bring appropriate clothing, food and water.  Maps will be provided.  
  • Fee:  $30 per session
  • Location:  Ute Park
  • Session 1:  May 21, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Session 2:  June 4, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Job Openings

Summer Enrichment Aides
 - This seasonal position a ssists with the supervision of 6-10 year olds particiapting in the Summer Adventure Program or 11-14 year olds in the club 1114 Program. Aides will be responsible for the leading of activities and direct supervision of children at all times. Activities include: outdoor recreation, sports and leisure activities, team sports, new games, performing arts, hobbies, nature projects, arts & crafts, learning experiences, and field trips For questions, contact Coz at 249.7705 or Must be 16 years old. Experience working with youth is strongly preferred
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. 
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  
Climbing Wall Supervisor - Responsibilities include the safe supervision of the Montrose CRC Climbing Wall.  Climbing experience, a passion for climbing, and excellent customer service skills are required.  Please submit full application packet to   Please email Kelsey a letter of interest, resume and completed application. 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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