November 2019     

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Complete information on all services, facilities and programs.
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NEW FORMAT: Please notice that we are trying a new format to make the newsletter easier to read. Links to all programs are included to give you more information if you are interested in a program/activity. 

The current Activity Guide is always available at The Fall guide covers activities for August 1 through November.     Click Here for the Fall 2019 Guide 

The Winter/Spring Guide will be mailed out and program registrations will start Monday, December 2nd at 6:00 am.

Come by and meet our NEW Director, Mari Steinbach. She is quickly getting moved in and up to date on all of the happenings here at the Recreation District and our town. 

Check out this Elevate video with our own MRD Pickleball players:  Click here

The Connect Trail Project Construction is nearing completion!  Anticipated completion is early November. In partnership with the City of Montrose, and numerous other entities, this exciting project will add 2.25 miles of 10' concrete trail with a 2' soft surface shoulder and two underpasses under our two busiest roads, Highways 550 and 90.    Click here for a video fly around showing the near complete northern section that'll be open at the end of the summer.  You'll feel like Luke Skywalker attacking the Death Star.  Thanks to local contractor Western Gravel, progress on the project has been significant.  The southern section that connects to the CRC will be completed soon! See pictures below.
The October 26th Connect Trail Grand Opening Celebration has been POSTPONED to a date in the Spring of 2020. 

'Play It Forward' Don't miss your chance!
The Montrose Recreation District mission is 'To provide, manage and maintain quality recreational facilities,
 programs and services, which will enhance the learning, leisure and recreation opportunities that promote a healthy community.'   This does not come without hardships for many of the residents of our fine community, so we are having a 2020 campaign to 'Play it Forward'. This is how it works: In the front lobby of the CRC there is a tree decorated with ornaments that represent MRD programs and passes. Your purchase of an ornament will help out a community member who needs a little bit of assistance to help them keep a healthy mind and body.  Please stop by and grab an ornament or two and share your good fortune! Take the ornament to the front desk and the Customer Service Representatives will be happy to help you 'Play It Forward'  you may pay with cash, check or a credit/debt card.  The Program Coordinators will be gifting the purchased ornament to those in need in 2020.  Our campaign covers all age groups and will be running Oct 1 through Thanksgiving.  

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give" - Winston Churchill     

The MRD After School Enrichment Program is in full swing! We are thrilled to announce that Mr. Tyler from Summer Enrichment is running the Program!  This will be an environment that enriches social emotional health, encouraging youth to express their creativity with a balance of academic, recreational, physical, and social activities. This includes homework help, board games, field games, and so much more. We are teaming up with First Student to help provide transportation from your child's school to the Field House. Please check out the link below to see our new flyer. For more information, come down to the Field House and see what this program has to offer. We can't wait to see lots of new and familiar faces! Click here for the flyer.To read a great article on After school programs where our own program is talked about Click Here the MRD program is mentioned on page 4.
Thanks for being a patron and supporter!                  
-The MRD team 
Welcome note from our new Executive Director- Mari Steinbach

Dear Community, 

It is an honor and privilege to be joining the community as the new Executive Director of the Montrose Recreation District! I am so excited to meet you and to work side by side with you, and the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, partners, and all to continue to positively impact and grow the contributions this agency has toward making our community so wonderful. 

I'll be formally starting work on October 21st and will be thrilled to represent the Board and staff in our many ventures.  The Board has many items for me and our staff to work on, including: preparing next year's budget, increasing employee growth and development opportunities, increasing the quantity and quality of recreation programming, and sustaining and building stronger and new partnerships throughout the community. And then there is identifying new levels of service - some of which include aligning to national standards in parks and recreation services and building accountabilities, expanding facilities and play spaces, increasing marketing and communication efforts, and so much more! You can look forward to keeping tabs on us through a variety of methods such as intentional outreach and the development of specific strategies and work plans, which we will publish and will seek your engagement.

In the meantime, my dog Bandit - a two-year-old Havanese -
and I look forward to seeing you in the parks and on the trails and about town! Having previously spent nine years in Grand Junction as Recreation Superintendent, we are thrilled to be returning to the West Slope after my several years away as I served in agencies in Alaska, Arizona, Vermont, Minnesota, and South Carolina. We will accomplish great work, together, and I am eager to get started...we will see you soon! 

Mari Steinbach, MPA, CPRP Executive Director
Canyon of the Ancients Click here to view all of the pictures  (left)
Fall Color Drive to Silverton Click here to view all of the pictures  (center)
Yankee Boy and Imogene Basin Click here to view all of the pictures  (right)

Years of Service Recognition at the October Board Meeting Scooter Schenefield (1 year, pictured on left) 
Wade Ploussard (12 years, center) Katy French (1 year, right)

Recently MRD staff attended the annual Colorado Park & Recreation Association annual conference. At the conference, MRD received the Columbine Award for Best Renovated Facility for the renovation of the Montrose Field House. This is the second Columbine Award that MRD has received in the past 3 years. 

Fall Adult sports extremes: Flag Football Championship night in a blizzard while Volleyball got to be cozy in the CRC 

Some pictures of the soon to be completed Connect Trail

NEW classes in the Fitzone: Women's Self Defense (left) and Hip Hop Dance (center and right)

Halloween at the Field House; A HUGE thank you to our custodian Jo for her time and effort decorating and getting local businesses to donate to make for sure a great evening....... watch for next years plans, they will be Spooktacular!

Demo work being done to prepare for a NEW Holly Park

The NEW After School Program at the Field House with Mr. Tyler and Scooter

Aquatic Programs    

Click Here  for current pool hours.        
LIFEGUARD TRAINING: Click here for more information

MRD FitZone         
Click here for the updated FitZone class schedule 
Click here for information regarding: Women's Self Defense, Silver Sneakers EnerChi or The new Hip-Hop Dance Fitness Class
Scholarship Information in English and Spanish 
Informacion de becas

Youth Sports Programs    

1st/2nd grade Basketball Clinic: Click here for more information 
Registration deadline is November 4. This Clinic is FULL, you can still register to be on the waitlist. Look for the next clinic to be held in early 2020

Youth Indoor Soccer 4-5th grade boys/girls, 6-8th grade girls: Click here for more information
Registration deadline is October 21. We still have room for 4-5th Grade girls! Call NOW

A HUGE thank you to all of the VOLUNTEER coaches this Fall for Soccer and Lacrosse
Armando  Reyna,  Barry  Greenwood,  Becca Oberg,  Ben  McKie,  Beny Hadley,  Bobby  Walker,  Brittany  Phillips
Brittany  Plumb,  Bryan  Lark,  Bryant  Hunter,  Chris  Allison,  Craig  Reiher,  Csaba Algacs,  Emily  Ploussard,  Emily  Sanburg,  Flor  Ramos,  Gary  Cooper,  Israel Andrade,  Jacob Eastin,  Jamie Rodriguez,  Jason  Lesure,  Javi Contreras
Jeff  Braaten,  Jen  Suchon,  Jeremy  Brailsford,  Jeremy  Sitton,  Jessamy Pressler,  Jim Pavlich,  Jose  Hernandez
Katie  Dunn,  Kelly  Fox,  Laura  Ickes,  Luis  Corona,  Matt McArthur,  Matt Ortega,  Meghan  Waschbusch,  Mike Otto
Nick  Roesener,  Octavio Hernandez,  Paul  Magnani,  Peter Russell,  Rachel Arrechea,  Ray  Gomez,  Rene  Dominguez
Rusty  Ickes,  Ryan Potter,  Sarah Cox,  Sebastian  Madrid,  Sheldon  Smith,  Todd Good,  Travis Scheidegger,  Wade  Ploussard

Check the NEW activity guide coming soon for more activities

Adult Sports Programs
3 v 3 Basketball:   Click here for more information
Registration Deadline is October 29

Dodgeball league: Click here for more information          
Registration deadline is October 28th

Thank you to the following teams for participating in our Fall Adult sports:
(*League Champs, **Tournament Champs)

***Mad Spike ,  ***All-In-One,  City Blue,  SIS,  Divots,  River Valley Rascals,  Great Clips, Spiked Punch,  Rainmaker,  Volley Llamas,  Serve-ivors,  Scott's Printing

*Pitch Please,  *Balls Deep,  **Tim Tinaza State Farm,  Rocky Mountain Therapy Services,  Gordon Composites,  Town Hall Taverners,  Honey Badgers,  Shots & Giggles,  Goonies,  Menace to Sobriety,  9 Humans & A Ginger,  Keenan's Plumbing & Heating,  Balls to the Wall,  New Kicks on the Block

***The Hangover,  San Juan Handymen,  Tobler Dental/Rcky Mtn Therapy,  Recla Yard Dogs,  Good's Processing, 
Game Changers

La Raza FC,  Montrose FC,  Gunnison FC,  Los Borrachos,  Bayern Munich,  Delta FC,  Hospitalliers,  Norris-Snell Real Estate,  Bale Me Out!,  Ridgway Yaks,  Los Locos

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For parties at the CRC contact Katy French at
For parties at the Field House contact Scooter at

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Gunnison Bluffs - Whitewater - Thursday, November 7th
Cultural Tours: 
North Fork Creative Coalition Member's Tour- Paonia Aeolian Acres, Blacklight Studios and Sanborn Studio  - Thursday, November 14th

Tours:   Click here   for information on Premier World Discovery Tour of Rome  or The Oregon Coast in 2020
4 Wheel Drive Tours:  
Closed for the Winter, we will see you next Spring.
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Card making class at the Senior Center, Wednesday, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11th from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
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KOREAN KARATE TAE KWON DO/ HAPKIDO: Click here for more information

Session IV: Nov 5-26

HATHA YOGA LEVEL 1:  Click here for more information

Session IV Dates: November: 5, 12, 19, 26 Session IV Fee: $36 or $11 drop in

TAI CHI CHUAN FOR SENIORS: Click here for more information

Session III: Nov 11 - Dec 18

WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE: Click here for more information

Session II Dates: Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25 and Dec. 2

Montrose County Public Announcements  

Job Openings

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 or John Wagner at    

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. 

Climbing Wall Attendant  
Responsibilities include the safe supervision of the climbing wall as well as basic wall and game room cleaning and maintenance. Consistent rule enforcement along with excellent customer service skills required.  Please submit full application packet to ken   Please email Ken 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 

Youth Soccer, Basketball and Volleyball 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 referee games (4-14 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 if you are interested.  Must be 14 years or older to apply.    
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 Miguel at 249.7705 or  Please submit a completed application (found at, a resume and a cover letter attention Miguel. 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   
Montrose Recreation District | 16350 Woodgate Road. | Montrose, Colorado 81401 | 970.249.7705