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October 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.
  • The Montrose Recreation Foundation (MRF) will host a Tap Night/Silent Auction Fundraiser on Tuesday Oct. 10th at 5pm at the Horsefly.  Please join us as the MRF raises funds to go towards the Connect Proposal to build 2.5 miles of additional river trail and the community's first two underpasses for walking, jogging and biking under the two busiest roads in Montrose, Highways 550 and 90.  This project was funded as reported in the September 30th, 2017 edition of the Montrose Daily Press!  We have had dramatic improvement in our recreation infrastructure; this too is a game changer for our trails infrastructure.  Click here to see an aerial tour of the proposed alignment. 
  • 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 Oct. 16 th from open to close, all residents showing their library card will be admitted for free to the Community Rec. Center! Being active and being educated go hand and hand.  So, we encourage all to come to the CRC on October 16 th to celebrate the essential resource that is the Montrose Regional Library District!
  • Field House Grand Opening on Saturday December 2nd!
    Save the Date!  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 will begin in October and Youth/Adult leagues begin in November.  See the Fall Guide for details: page 34 for youth and page 38 for adults.
  • Montrose Memorial Hospital and MRD Are Teaming Up to Provide a Free Health Screening in the CRC Lobby on Saturday Oct. 7th from 8am to 12pm.  Click here to see the flyer.
  • V eteran's Day Flag Dedication at the CRC. In partnership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans, 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!  Also, 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!
  • To Help Manage and Take Care of Your CRC, Please Remember, Cameras Are In Use.  On September 11 at 7:00am, some hubcaps were stolen off of a patron's car.  We reviewed the cameras, caught the perpetrator and referred the information to the Montrose Police Department.  This incident is a reminder that MRD staff are using the 40+ cameras inside and outside the CRC to help promote patron safety, protection of property and help ensure the CRC is a positive place.   
  • 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, 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. Youth Indoor Soccer at the Brand New Field House!: deadline is October 16th
    2. Adult Indoor Soccer at the Brand New Field House!:
      deadline is October 30th
    3. Fall Youth Basketball, 3rd and 4th grade:
      deadline is October 23rd
    4. Adult Dodgeball:
      deadline is October 30th
    5. 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. 
    6. Fit Zone: 42 classes per week included with admission!
    7. Swim Lessons are ongoing, including private and semi private. 
      Hurry, classes fill quickly.
Thanks for being a patron and/or supporter!  Happy Fall!   
-The MRD
MRD News Article: Social Connection, and a Whole Lot of Fun!
By Wade Ploussard, MRD Adult Recreation Coordinator  
Social connection is at the root of what the Montrose Recreation District (MRD) is all about. It is strange to think that participating in sports can be a great relationship builder. After all, many sports are created around the idea of fierce competition and rivalry. But healthy competition is good for us all. Studies have shown that people who grew up playing sports have more finely developed social skills than those who did not. Participating and being a part of a team boosts self-esteem and overall health as well, at any age. Some play to win and others just want to be a part of something. Either way, there are many positive benefits to playing sports. Sports build community and quality of life, which is after all, central to the mission of the MRD.
As children, we participate in sports because we want to play, compete, and be around friends. Participating in sports is also great at building relationships with those we play with. It helps kids learn important social skills, the components of a successful team, how to accept others, support friends and the value of fair competition. These social interactions are imperative in the development of healthy children.
Long after childhood has become a distant memory, sports can continue to act as a positive outlet for people to bond with their peers through teamwork and friendly competition. We as adults also need social interactions to help us grow as people. Sports can help build relationships with family, whether it's getting your siblings together to play in a volleyball tournament, letting your wife destroy you in tennis (or rather, having no choice in the descruction), or simply playing catch with your child. These activities give you the ability to talk through problems and to work as a team, which helps build those relationships.
Sports have the ability to bring people together including even holy matrimony. In my 10 years with MRD, I have seen the social benefits of playing in a league and the impact it has on participants. For example, I have seen numerous couples meet and start dating, followed by a marriage proposal, a wedding, and babies. This was all because two people played a sport together.
These benefits extend to the work realm as well. The teamwork learned while playing sports can be very beneficial for businesses. When coworkers get involved in sports leagues together, they learn how to work together outside of the office and this enhances the teamwork that is done at work. Sports have a way of getting people to learn how to work together more efficiently. Such connection gives employees something in common. We have many business teams currently in our leagues and some put up sponsorship money to recognize the most homeruns, the most touchdowns or the best sportsmanship. This is a great way to keep people engaged and enjoying work, thereby benefitting retention, productivity and morale.
For those that are looking to build relationships by playing sports, the MRD offers many options.   You do not even have to have a team to participate; there is free agent registration too. Whether you dig volleyball, softball, soccer (indoor! , shortly at the Montrose Field House, and outdoor), basketball, dodgeball, football, etc., etc., the MRD is eager to help you engage your inner athlete. Your inner athlete is there and always will be, even if he or she has been dormant for a while. Please come join us for some fun!
Photo Gallery

Fieldhouse Construction is Progressing.  The Dasher Boards and the turf field are being finalized. 
Grand Opening Celebration is December 2nd!  Please come join us.

New flag pole being raised with the help of DMEA

Flag raising ceremony at the CRC on 9/21.  Please remember to join us for our Veterans Day Dedication and Celebration on November 11th at 10:00 a.m. at the Montrose Community Recreation Center to dedicate the 

50+ Hiking Trip at Woods Lake near Placerville 

The Proposed Trail Alignment for the Connect Project

Montrose Rec. Foundation Tap Night:
Community Tap Night  
and Silent Auction for: 
Montrose Recreation Foundation
Funds Raised will Benefit the Connect Trail Proposal:
2.5 miles of River Trail Extension to the Rec. Center and Two Underpasses to Cross the Two Busiest Roads in Montrose!
October 10th at 5pm at the Horsefly 
$1 of every drink sold will be donated starting from 11 am to close.
Please present this coupon to your server to receive credit for visit.   
MMH Health Screening Flyer  
Come get your dance on for a great cause! On Friday, October 6th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. come to the Montrose Community Recreation Center and join the MRD Fit Zone for a Zumba Party Fundraiser for Peer Kindness. The event will feature great music and instruction and will take place in the CRC gymnasium. Cost for entry is $10 for adults and $6 for those 18 years old and younger. All proceeds will be donated to Peer Kindness and all ages are welcome to join the party. Participants are encouraged to wear some purple to show support for Peer Kindness. Peer Kindness is an organization whose vision is to "Create a safe, inclusive environment for all" and whose mission is to "Work in partnership with schools, youth programs, community organizations, business and community leaders, families, and youth to reduce bullying and to foster a PEER stance." For more information on Peer Kindness, please visit their website at For more information about the Zumba Party, please contact the Montrose Community Recreation Center at (970) 249-7705.

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Youth Sports
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Join the inaugural indoor youth soccer league in Montrose!  The league will be geared towards intermediate and advanced athletes.  Players are guaranteed to play half of each game.  Space is limited to the first 44 kids in each division so register early!  Games and practices are Monday through Thursday.  
  • Divisions
    • 5th &  6th Boys
    • 5th & 6th Girls
    • 7th & 8th Girls
  • Registration Deadline:  Monday, October 16th
  • Coaches Meeting:  Wednesday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Fee:  $40 ($45 after deadline)
  • Practice Begins:  Week of Nov. 6
Want to learn how to play a new sport?  This league is perfect for you!  Practices twice a week, great coaches, shorter hoops and a laid back atmosphere will get you excited for basketball.  Register by the deadline to get your choice of practice days.
  • Fee:  $36  
  • Ages:  3rd & 4th Graders
  • Practices:  Monday & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Games:  Friday & Saturday November 10 - December 16
  • Coaches Meeting:  Thursday, October 26 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Registration Deadline:  October 23rd  

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.    

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Get your team together for the first Flag Football tournament in Montrose.  This tournament is for adult teams from around the Western Slope and is 6 v. 6 non blocking.  
  • Dates:  Saturday, October 28
  • Registration Deadline:  October 23
  • Team Fee:  $200
  • Time:  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Ute Park


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:  Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Fee:  20 punch pass ($50) or $3 per visit
  • Location:  MRD Fieldhouse (25 Colorado Ave.)
  • Time:  New games start at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.
(Ages 15 - 99) 6 person teams will compete in a fast paced best 3 out of 5 games.  Each team will play at least 2 matches each night.  The deadline is the deadline, so register early.  
  • Dates:  Mon/Fri, Nov. 6 - Dec. 22
  • Registration Deadline:  Oct. 30
  • Time:  6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Team Fee:  $150
  • Divisions:  Men's Mondays; Coed Fridays
  • Location:  MRD fieldhouse
50+ Trips & Programs
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Y Bar Hitch Hayride and Dinner 
Join us for a relaxing afternoon/evening hayride, dinner and song!  We start with a hayride of approximately 1 hours down by the river north of Olathe, followed by dinner cooked on an open fire.  Bring your own food to grill and a lawn chair.  Val and Ken, Owners of the Y Bar Hitch, will entertain us with song.  Bring your own instrument if you want to play along.  We will conclude the evening with a short hayride back to our bus.  Minimum of 18 for this trip to run as we are renting the wagon and horses for our group.  
  • Date:  Thursday, October 26
  • Time:  8:45 a.m. to approx noon
  • Fee:  $20 (bring food to grill and a lawn chair)
  • Location:  Meet at Senior  Center at 3:15 p.m.
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.  
Circle of Friends Creative Arts
Bring your favorite project - art or craft; share your skills with others; learn new skills and make new friends.  It's informal, fun and free!  Bring your own materials for more information, call Charlene at 964-4317 or Barb at 249-1838
  • Days:  Tuesdays
  • Time:  8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Meadowlark Court, 2378 Robins Way  
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Aquatic Programs
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Click here for current pool hours.  

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 2:  Saturday, October 21
  • Register by:  October 11
  • Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Fee:  $60
  • Location:  CRC Party Rooms
  • Instructor:  American Red Cross Instructor 
This swim clinic is designed for anyone 5 and older who is looking to improve their strokes.  It will cover all four strokes, body mechanics and techniques.  
  • Dates:  August 7-10
  • Fee:  $40 or $12 drop-in fee
  • Day:  Monday - Thursday
  • Time:  Ages 6-13 (5:00 - 6:00 p.m.)
    • Ages 14+ (6:00 - 7:00 p.m.) 
The next round of swim lessons began in September.  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 II:  Oct 4, 11, 18 & 25
  • 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 III:  Swing, Country/ East Coast    
    • Date:  Oct. 9, 16, 23 & 30
    • Fee:  $35 or $10/ drop-in
  • Session IV:  Cowboy Cha Cha Line Dance
    • Date:  Nov. 6, 13, 20 & 27
    • Fee:  $35 or $10/ drop-in  

Job Openings
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. 
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  
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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