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November 2017    

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Quick Updates
  • The Fall Activity Guide was mailed by Monday August 7th with registration beginning that same day at 6am!  The current activity guide is always available, 24/7 365/year, at
    as well as online registration.  The Winter 17-Spring 18 guide will be mailed by Dec.4th, with registration beginning that same day.  The Winter and Spring seasons will be combined into one guide, covering Dec.-March.
  • The Montrose Recreation District Board of Directors voted unanimously at the September 21st Board Meeting to support the Library's ballot proposal at the November 7th election. 
    Click here to view the resolution of support or see below.  Also,
    on Monday November 6th from open to close, all residents showing their library card will be admitted for free to the Community Rec. Center! This is the day before ballots are due! The bookmobile will also be here again.  Being active and getting educated go hand and hand.  So, we encourage all to come to the CRC on November 6th to celebrate the essential resource that is the Montrose Regional Library District!
  • You can use Your Montrose Field House, starting Monday November 6th! 
    Although the Grand Opening is scheduled for Saturday December 2nd, programs begin on Monday November 6th!  League programs for youth and adult are full for this fall (more will be available in the Winter/Spring guide), but there are opportunities for drop-in play for soccer, lacrosse and ultimate frisbee beginning Nov. 6.  Click here to see the schedule, which may also be viewed below.
  • Field House Grand Opening on Saturday December 2nd (see flyer below)!  Please join us for the Field House Grand Opening on Saturday Dec. 2nd.  The Field House is at 25 Colorado Ave, at the old pool.  We'll start with an open house and game sign up at 10am, hold the dedication at 11am and begin free use by all of the Field House from 11:30am to 3pm.  Then, head to Main Street that evening for the parade of lights!  Although the Field House will officially be dedicated on Dec. 2nd, drop-in programs and  Youth/Adult leagues
    will begin at the start of November.  Updated information was recently mailed to all CRC Family Pass Holders and this will appear in the Winter/Spring Guide mailed 12/4.
  • On Friday Oct. 6, MRD hosted a Zumba Dance Party to Fundraise for PEER Kindness. 
    Thanks to all who attended this great event.  It reminds us all to continually treat one another with respect so that we may create a safe, inclusive environment for all.  Over $1300 was raised!  See below for a picture of the check presentation.
  • The Connect Trail Project Recently Funded by Great Outdoors Colorado Through Funds From the Colorado Lottery Gains Steam!  This $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.  A HUGE reason for the award was all the community support and excitement we demonstrated, including that from Black Hills Energy as well as that from our very own Montrose Recreation Foundation (MRF).  The MRF is a group of great volunteers devoted to seeing Montrose improve.  The MRF raised over $3000 at the Tap Night/Silent Auction on 10/10, money that will help make the Connect trail project happen!  Thanks to all that attended, to the MRF Board Members for their wonderful and generous volunteerism and to the many who will be using the trail starting in 2019!  Black Hills Energy also recently presented MRD and the City a check for $5000 to go towards this project.  We are very glad to have Black Hills Energy as a part of our Community; thank you for the support!
  • V eteran's Day Flag Dedication at the CRC AND Inaugural 5K and 1M Fun Run (see flyer below)!
    In partnership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, the Welcome Home Montrose Alliance for Veterans and the San Juan Runners, the flagpole at the CRC will be dedicated on Saturday November 11th, 2017 at 10am
    (please note new time).  Please join us and help in honoring our veterans and active duty men and women in uniform!  Then, at 11am, join in either the 5K or 1 Mile Fun Run.  Lastly, the Board of Directors voted unanimously at the August meeting to allow veterans and active duty military to be admitted free to the CRC on Veteran's Day!  Thank you for your service!
  • Community Toy Drive Begins in November! 
    Please help those who are less fortunate by donating gifts.  These can be dropped off at the CRC.  See flyer below.
  • Montrose County Public Health Alert: The Importance of Sleep. 
    Are you getting enough rest?! Please see the flyer below.
  • 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, Alpine Bank, 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.
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. Swim Lessons are ongoing, including private and semi private. 
      Hurry, classes fill quickly.
Thanks for being a patron and/or supporter!  Happy Day After Halloween!   
-The MRD
Lottery Dollars: Small Investment, Big Return for Montrose 
$300,000 GOCO Grant, the First Domino to Over $35,000,000 in Investment
By Ken Sherbenou
In Montrose, the parks and recreation system is essential to the quality of life and health of the community-economically, socially, and physically. At the core of the building of the system in Montrose is investment from the Colorado Lottery.

With the opening of the Montrose Community Recreation Center, indoor recreation has recently progressed Montrose to being a leading community in Colorado for Parks and Recreation, which is incidentally, the motto of our fundraising partner, the Montrose Recreation Foundation.  This is thanks of course to Montrose voters and taxpayers, but also, as I'll explain, the Colorado Lottery. The first proposal to build the center was met with only 23 percent support. After 30 years of effort, more than 10 separate plans, and five votes, the Montrose CRC is now a reality in 2017. Montrose is now home to a state-of-the-art, 80,000-square-foot center, complete with GOCO-funded outdoor facilities, including pickleball courts, climbing boulders, a walking trail, and multi-purpose fields.In our first six months of operation, the center has more than 7,000 annual pass holders and sees an average daily participation of over 1,500.  Thank you again for your wonderful engagement, appreciation and utilization of your CRC! Now we get to do it again with the Field House, the renovated old Aquatic Center.  Please join us for the Grand Opening on Saturday Dec. 2nd from 10am to 3pm!

As for the next project, lottery dollars are flowing into Montrose at a rate unseen in Lottery's history.  The largest grant from GOCO and the Colorado Lottery, $2,000,000, was just earned.  The City of Montrose (City) and its central project partner, the Montrose Recreation District (MRD), along with a broad coalition of supporters interested in improving our parks and recreation system, will be building the Connecting the People to their Parks and Recreation trail project.  This is a game-changing project that dramatically moves the trail system forward by building the community's first two bike/pedestrian underpasses using existing bridges as well as 2.25 miles of trail connecting the vast majority of the parks and recreation system.  Design will commence in 2018 and construction will happen in 2019, with the opening planned for the end of that year.

How did Montrose make so much rapid progress with our parks and recreation system? 

First and foremost, are the citizens and community members that have approved, have largely paid for, have advocated for and have volunteered to make these great improvements happen.  Think Judy Ann Files, Jason Ullmann and Barbara Bynum.  Secondly, critical to the success of the overall effort and a key resource that was fully and completely tapped into, was the support and availability of lottery dollars for parks and recreation!  

In 2011, the MRD and the City of Montrose had applied to GOCO for separate outdoor recreation projects. Both were denied funding. GOCO staff provided ideas for improving the plans, including combining their two adjacent projects into one. The resulting project, the Montrose Water Sports Park, River Trail and Field Renovation project, won $300,000 in GOCO funding in a highly competitive 2012 grant cycle that saw only 18% of projects funded. The success drew the MRD and the City together as closer partners, and in 2014, the collaboration resulted in its biggest win yet. The City referred a sales tax increase ballot proposal to voters on MRD's behalf and encouraged citizens to support it. Voters thankfully approved the plan, effectively making the CRC dream a reality. Therefore, the 2012 GOCO grant worth $300,000 has directly led to over $35,000,000 in improvements.

Mayor Judy Ann Files summed it up when she said, "Lottery funds are a big reason Montrose is a vibrant place to be." MRD Board President Barbara Bynum agreed: "Without GOCO and Lottery proceeds for Parks and Recreation, the future of Montrose, and Colorado, for that matter, would look a lot less bright!"  

Lottery is up for reauthorization at the General Assembly in the near future.  Therefore, it is imperative to remember the amazing and critical contribution made by Lottery proceeds to making Colorado the best place in the country to live, work and play, as well as making Montrose the special place we all know and love.
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Field House construction is almost complete.  Leagues and drop in play begin on Monday November 6th!  See the schedule below.
Grand Opening Celebration is December 2nd!  Please come join us from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m for the festivities.

Congratulations to Rebecca Reichard, MRD's Part-Time of the Quarter pictured below with Executive Director Ken Sherbenou and Fitness Leader John Wagner.  Rebecca teaches most every group fitness class MRD offers and does exceedingly well to have high participation in her classes.  John is the MRD Core Staff Member of the Quarter.  John has recently been promoted to a full time position because he makes a very important contribution to our community by overseeing the fitness area, over 40 group fitness classes per week, the MRD personal training program and also serves as a regular Manager on Duty.  Not pictured is Bob Nicholson, who is the Volunteer of the Quarter.  Not only is Bob a private citizen and the General Contractor that built the Aquatic Center in 1986, he is also a tremendous advocate and leader for the major progress to the parks and recreation system Montrose has recently experienced.  We want to extent a huge thank you to all three of our people of the quarter for everything they do for the Montrose Recreation District and the community we serve.    

Black Hills Energy Presenting a check to MRD Board President Barbara Bynum for the Connect Initiative (Trails):  Connecting the People to their Parks and Recreation

Holiday Toy Drive


Public Health Announcement from
Montrose County  

Zumba Party & Fundraiser for PEER Kindness:
Thanks to our amazing Zumba Instructors and community members, the October 6th Zumba Party and Fundraiser was a great success. Over the course of the night, MRD was able to raise $1,300 in entry fees and donations that were given to PEER Kindness to help them spread their message of reducing harassment and bullying by being positive, encouraging, empathetic, and respectful towards others. Participants at the event were even treated to a live musical performance of La Bamba and an appearance by motivational speaker and beatboxer Josh Drean. For more information about PEER Kindness, please visit . To follow Josh Drean, visit .
MRD Executive Director Ken Sherbenou, Fit Zone Instructor Jenni Malone, and Fitness Supervisor John Wagner present PEER Kindness Executive Director Robyn Shank with the proceeds from the Zumba Party.
Holiday Fitness Survival:
Holidays are coming, but don't let them derail your fitness program! Exercise consistency, even during the holidays, can help you achieve results. Here are some great tips to stay on track during the holiday season:
1) Schedule your workouts. Rather than leaving your workout to chance, set aside time dedicated to hitting the gym or getting to a group fitness class.
2) Get up and go early. Is it possible for you to change your schedule to exercise earlier? If so, you can get your workout in and still have time to get holiday chores done during the day!
3) Grab a friend. It can be hard to motivate yourself when the weather turns cold and the days become short, but it is easier if you are not alone. Grab a friend and hold each other accountable. You'll be less likely to skip your workout if someone is counting on you.
4) Evaluate yourself. Keep track of your progress every 2 weeks during the holiday season to help you stay on track and stay motivated.
5) Indulge and resist. During the holidays, it makes no sense to deprive yourself of your favorite foods. Just be smart about it! Carefully choose foods you want to indulge in, but limit yourself to one serving. Resist the urge to have seconds by putting food away instead of leaving it out to "pick at" throughout the day.
6) Be active with your loved ones. The holiday season can be more fun if you have activities to do with your family and loved ones. Get outside for walking, sledding, a local 5k, etc. Bring family and guests to the Montrose Community Rec Center for swimming, basketball, rock climbing, racquetball, and group fitness classes, all of which are great ways for families to spend more time together!  

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Youth Sports
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A great introduction to the sport.  Eight foot hoops, smaller basketballs are used to teach the fundamentals of the game while having a blast!  The first three practices will focus on skill development.  The last two dates are games.
  • Dates:  Saturdays Nov.  11 Thru Dec. 16 (no practice on Nov. 25)
  • Fee:  $32
  • Location:  Community Rec. Center
  • Time:  8:30 - 9:45 a.m.    
  • Youth Basketball 5th & 6th and 7th & 8th registration starting in December.
  • 3rd & 4th Grade Indoor Soccer at the new Field House registration in December.
  • High School Intramural Basketball begins in January

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Individuals can purchase a 20 punch pass or drop-in and play.  All games will be played at the new Fieldhouse.  There will be a new game starting every hour.  There is a limited number of spots during each hour of play.   

  • Leisure Drop-in:  Mondays & Wednesdays 
  • Competitive Drop-in:  Sundays
  • Fee:  20 punch pass ($50) or $3 per visit
  • Location:  MRD Field House (25 Colorado Ave.)
  • Time:  New games start at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.
  • Bubble Soccer coming to the new Field House in January. 
  • 5 on 5 Basketball League Registration Deadline January 2nd.
  • McDonalds' Noon Basketball coming in December.

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Are you new to Montrose?  Trying to find a place where you can connect with like-minded people and develop personal relationships?  Looking for someone to learn to play golf with?  Hoping to find a couple or a person to enjoy the Bronco game with?  
These are just some of the items you will discover at our monthly sessions.  We are Montrose residents of all ages who get together to share ideas on things to do, places to go, our hobbies or interests and hope to find others with the same passions.  

  • Date:  3rd Monday monthly:  October 16 and November 20 are next meetings
  • Time:  6:15 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Montrose Pavilion Senior Center
  • Fee:  Free (Please pre-register at or at the Montrose Rec. Center.  
  • Snowshoeing coming in January
  • Tours and Cultural Trips coming in December 

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Aquatic Programs
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Twinges in the Hinges
A gentle non-impact exercise class designed to provide range of motion to every joint in the body.  Additional benefits include strengthening and increased physical and cardiovascular endurance.  This class is designed and endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation.  Participation forms must be completed for this class.  This class is taugth by Liz Gracesun, Certified Arthritis Foundation Water Fitness Instructor on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

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 3:  Thursday, Nov. 16
  • Register by:  November 6
  • Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Fee:  $60
  • Location:  CRC Party Rooms
  • Instructor:  American Red Cross Instructor 
All swim courses and instructors are certified by the American Red Cross.  Not all courses are available each lesson time.  Please check the schedule for specific course sessions and times  Class sizes are limited, so please register early!  Dates and and class information are available  here.  

Thanks to a grant from the Montrose Community Foundation, we are able to offer free swim lessons for the District Third Graders this year.  Please contact Liz or Melissa at 249-7705 for more information.  
  • Days:  Wednesday
  • Dates: 
    •  August 23 - Sept. 20 (Olathe)
    • Sept. 27 - Oct. 25 (Pomona)
    • Nov. 1 - Dec. 6 (Northside)
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.
Recreation Activities
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Come and learn tribal-style belly dance in a fun, supportive and body positive environment.  Belly dance is appropriate for all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities.  All are welcome to come and experience this time-honored art form.  Increase your fitness level while enhancing self-confidence and self-expression.  Drop-ins are welcome, although it is recommended to attend the full session, as each class builds on the material presented in the previous class.  
  • Day:  Wednesdays
  • Time:  6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Session III:  Nov. 8, 15, 22, & 29
  • Fee:  $40/session or $12 drop-in
  • Location:  MRD Fieldhouse Apex and Omni Rooms
  • Instructor:  Tiffany McNeil  



This is your opportunity to learn new dances or increase your current dancing skills.  Please bring leather soled shoes and dance socks (made by butting the top of a pair off a pair of socks to slip over boots or shoes).  This really saves your knees and ankles from stress.  Bring water and your happy dancing feet.  No partner needed to participate. 

  • Time:  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Location:  MRD Fieldhouse Apex and Omni Rooms
  • Instructor:  Loraine Adams
  • Session IV:  Cowboy Cha Cha Line Dance
    • Date:  Nov. 6, 13, 20 & 27
    • Fee:  $35 or $10/ drop-in  
  • Tai Chi coming in January 
  • Hatha Yoga Level 1 coming in January

Job Openings

Facility Supervisor: Montrose CRC and Montrose Field House (Two 3/4 time positions)
The Montrose Recreation District is accepting applications for the Facility Supervisor positions for both the Community Rec. Center and the new Field House.  The work schedule will be evenings and some weekends depending on the facility needs.  This is a core staff member position that includes a starting hour rate of $12 - $14 per hour, family pass to the Rec. Center and Field House, Paid Time Off and an excellent health insurance plan at the 3/4 level.  Must have a minimum of 2 years of recreation experience and a high school diploma or equivalent.   The application deadline is November 6th.

Maintenance Leader (full time position)
The Montrose Recreation District (MRD) is accepting applications for the Maintenance Leader position to provide exceptional maintenance of the facilities managed and operated by the Montrose Recreation District for the benefit of the Montrose community. This recruitment is happening at a very exciting time; MRD opened the Community Recreation Center (CRC) in January 2017 and also the Field House (set to open in November 2017)! The selected candidate will be centrally involved in maximizing the quality and quantity of service for Montrose, to build community and better the Montrose quality of life. The position includes indoor and outdoor maintenance of district facilities including over 40 acres of active turf as well as over 100,000 square feet of indoor facility. This is a core staff member and full time position that includes an annual salary of $28,000 to $31,000 per year, a family pass to the CRC and FH, Paid Time Off (PTO), and an excellent health insurance plan, PERA retirement savings (13.7% of wage) and other benefits. Montrose is an up-and- coming small, yet growing, western slope community complete with a tremendous quality of life, amazing access to outdoor (and now indoor) recreational amenities and an affordable cost of living. EOE. Position Qualifications include: A minimum of 2 years of maintenance experience, including one year of supervisory experience plus a high school diploma or equivalent. The application deadline is November 6th.

Youth Basketball 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 basketball games that range from 3rd & 4th grade 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 if you are interested.  Must be 14 years or older to apply.  
Climbing Wall Staff Member
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 Craig, Climbing Wall Supervisor, 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   

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. 
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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