September 2019     

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Quick Updates
  • The Fall 19' Guide is Here and Registration began Monday August  5th at 6am!  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
  • CRC Annual Cleaning/Maintenance Shutdown: 
The 2019 CRC Cleaning/Maintenance Shutdown is scheduled from Tuesday, September 3rd thru Friday September 6th. The Fitness Area will reopen on Saturday, September 7th, but the swimming pools and wood floor areas including the Fit Zone, gymnasium, and racquetball courts will remain closed through Wednesday, September 11th and will reopen for classes on Thursday, September 12th. Since Monday, September 2nd is Labor Day, this means that no Fit Zone or Aquatics Fitness classes will be held from September 2nd through September 11th. Check below for the Fitzone schedule at the Field House (25 Colorado Ave)
  • River Bottom Drive is now CLOSED until Spring 2020. To access McNeil and Ute Fields and Baldridge park you must enter Apollo Rd of of Rio Grande. It is now a 2 way entrance due to the construction and widening of River Bottom Dr. 
  • The Renovation of Holly Park is Fully Funded.   The project is scheduled for completion in mid 2020 Preliminary work that can be done by MRD staff is already underway. Check this newsletter for updates on the progress.
  • The Connect Trail Project Construction is Over the Halfway Point!  
    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 this fall! 
SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, October 26th Connect Trail Grand Opening Celebration
Come to the Ribbon cutting ceremony at the NEW Mayfly Outdoors complex at 10:00 am then jog, walk, bike or skate to the Montrose Community Rec Center for a pig roast, raffle and fun outside activities. Entrance to the CRC will be free between 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. There will be tons of fun things to do along the trail. Bring your family out and enjoy the new trail.
  • LOST AND FOUND: Please come by the CRC and check the lost and found if you have lost or misplaced something while here working out.
  • Summer Adventures was a blast!  
About 80 kids ages 6-14 spent their summer afternoons coding, crafting, crawdad fishing, and creating lifelong memories and friendships. Two sessions are each four weeks long.  This amazing program has received national recognition and will continue to enrich the lives of youth for years to come.  See it for yourself by checking out this awesome video   CLICK HERE   by staff member Arien Smith, and on Twitter at  CLICK HERE
  • Thanks for being a patron and supporter!  
  -The MRD team 

Employee Recognition: Lorie Orme (left) recognized as the employee of the 3rd quarter, Melissa Lords (center) receiving her award for 10 years of service and Justin Mashburn (right) being recognized for 14 years of service.

Staff and Board members saying goodbye to Ken Sherbenou at the Field House. Good luck in GJ Ken and thank you for all you have done for the Montrose Recreation District and the Community of Montrose. You will be missed.

The end of a great program with the Summer Adventures 2019, see you next summer. See the great video of this program by clicking on the link on the 1st page of this newsletter.

Another incredible day as Youth Appreciation Day (YAD) 2019 wraps up a great summer and signals the start of a new school year. Thank you to all who came out and enjoyed the day and all of the events that our wonderful community hosted. A special thank you to all of our sponsors: Montrose Recreation District,  Montrose Rotary, Montrose Press, Alpine Bank, Montrose Community Foundation, Colorado West Business Products, Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club, and Alpine Events.

The work to improve Holly park has begun. The block walls were removed to improve the bathrooms and spectator areas. 

Aquatic Programs
(click activity number listed next to program to register online if available)

Click Here for current pool hours.

SUP YOGA and CARDIOWAVE - The fee is now included in daily admission
Classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm. Class registration will happen through the Rec Center front desk or online at and space is limited to 10 per class! Classes we be held at the Rec Center's indoor pool facility, and we encourage participants to show up ready at the pool 10-minutes prior to class. SUP Yoga is for all skill levels and lessons will progress throughout the winter.
Please wear comfortable clothes that are meant to get wet. Regular swim suits are acceptable attire. If you'd like to layer up, we suggest wearing a rash guard. We also suggest to bring a change of clothes for after class, and a towel. Paddle boards, and paddles are provided.
  • Dates:  
  • YOGA: August 1,15 September 19, October 3, 17
  • CARDIOWAVE: August 8, 22 September 12, 26 October 10, 24
  • FEE: Now included in your daily admission! 
  • You still need to register ahead of time with the front desk or on our website
  • Time:  7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
American Red Cross 1st Aid/CPR/AED for the Lay Responder - 4203030
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 advanced medical care arrives. These are blended learning courses. A majority of 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.
  • Section 1 
  • Thursday, September 19th (This is a blended learning course)
  • Register: By September 10th
  • Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Fee: $65
  • Location: CRC Party Rooms
  • Instructor: American Red Cross Instructor
Thanks to a grant from the Montrose Community Foundation, we are able to  offer free swim lessons for District third graders this year. Please contact Liz or  Melissa at 249-7705 for more information.
  • Days: Wednesdays  3-3:45 p.m
  • Schools
  • Sept. 18 - Oct. 16 Olathe and Pomona
  • Oct 23 - Nov 20  Northside and Colorado West Christian School.

Open Swim and Water Aerobics Class time Changes
Beginning August 15, Open Swim times will be expanded. Pools will be open to children and families beginning at 10 am - Monday-Friday.  Water Aerobic Classes that are currently held at 12 pm will move to 11 am.

Learn all the skills necessary to become a professional lifeguard 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 (12 lengths), two minute water tread without hands and retrieving a ten pound brick from the bottom of the pool 9 feet or deeper.

  • Location: Montrose Community Recreation Center 
  • Fee: $105
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, August 7th, 2 - 7pm
  • Thursday, August 8th, 9am - 3pm
  • Friday, August 9th, 9am - 2pm

Please check out the new pool schedule on page 28 of the FALL Activity Guide 
           MRD FitZone         
The Field House is located at 25 Colorado Ave. 
Scholarship Information in English and Spanish

Youth Sports Programs    

Intro to soccer is a great way to introduce your 3 and 4 year olds to the sport of soccer. We have three 1-hour long practices where we will introduce the most basic skills in a fun, laid-back environment. We will cover shooting, passing, and dribbling. Much of our equipment is modified specifically for this age group.
  • Fee: $26 
  • Location: Field House
  • Session I: Mondays, Sept. 16 thru 30 Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Session II: Tuesdays, Sept. 17 thru Oct. 1 Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Session III: Wednesdays, Sept. 18 thru Oct. 2 Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Intro to Flag Football is a great way to introduce your 1st & 2nd graders  to the sport of football. We have three 1-hour long practices where  we will introduce the most basic skills in a fun, laidback environment.  Much of our equipment is modified specifically for this age group.
  • Fee: $26
  • Session I: Tuesdays, Oct. 8 to 29 
  • Session II: Wednesdays, Oct. 9 to 30
  • Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Field House

Teams meet twice weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Fall/Spring Registration - Space is limited to the first 44 kids in each division so register early!

  • Divisions: 6-8 Grade Girls, 4-5 Grade Boys, 4-5 Grade Girls
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, October 21st (Participants registering after the deadline will automatically be put on the waitlist.)
  • Coaches Meeting: October 30th at 7 p.m.
  • Fee: $40 ($45 after deadline) 
  • Practice Begins: Week of Nov. 4
  • Games: Nov. 18 to Dec. 18
  • Practice Times: 5:00, 5:40 p.m. or 6:20 p.m.
1st - 2nd Grade Basketball Clinics - Nov. - Dec.
3rd - 4th Grade Basketball October


Adult Sports Programs
Volleyball leagues are offered for six person teams in women's & coed  play. Each team will play a round robin schedule including a season  ending single elimination tournament.

  • Dates: Sept. 16 - Nov. 7 
  • Registration Deadline: Sept. 9
  • Team Fee: $210 
  • Time: 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
  • 6v6 Women's Leisure: Mondays 
  • 6v6 Coed Leisure: Tuesdays
  • 4v4 Women's Comp: Wednesdays 
  • 4v4 Coed Comp: Thursdays
6v6 and action packed! Equipment will be provided. These leagues are open to Women & Men above age of 15+. All leagues will play at least 8 games during the season . Our Winter league will start in January.
  • Dates: Sept. 30 - Dec. 18 
  • Registrations Deadline: Sept. 23
  • Team Fee: Coed $315
  • Men's Comp: $420
  •  Location: MRD Fieldhouse
  • Coed League: Mondays 
  • Men's League: Tuesdays
  • Time: 6:30 - 11:00 p.m.

Intro to Pickleball
Learn to play Pickleball - Instructor Doug Rood will teach you the rules of the game, strategy, paddle technique and court position. Improve your serve, ground strokes, backhand, overhead, dinks, lobs and drop shots through drills and playing games. All equipment is provided.
  • Dates: Every Wednesday 8:00 - 9:30 am
  • Fee: $20 per person
  • Location: CRC Gym or Outdoor courts
  • Call Doug at 305-304-3656 to schedule
3 v 3 Basketball - November
Dodgeball - November
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 Hiking -  4501011

Enjoy outdoor Colorado year round. Wear good hiking boots, bring sunscreen and water. Dress in layers. Hikes will be rescheduled if there is adverse weather. Bring a sack lunch for all trips.

West Bench Trail - Grand Mesa
The trail runs along the west side of the Grand Mesa from Jumbo Reservoir to the area above the Powderhorn Ski Resort. 6 miles RT. Elevation at trailhead 9,672'; 254' elevation gain.
  • Date: Thursday, Sept. 19
  • Time: 7:45 am - approx 5:00 pm
  • Fee: $19 (bring sack lunch)
  • Location: Meet at the Senior Center at 7:30 am
Cultural Trips - 3501007
Ouray County Ranch History Museum, Ridgway Rail Road Museum, and Second Chance Humane Society plus lunch in Ridgway
The 17 rooms in the Ouray County Ranch History Museum tell the story  of ranch and farm life from the 1880's to today. We will take a ride on Motor  No 1 around the ½ mile track on Railroad Street and tour the railroad  museum. We end our day with a tour of Second Chance Humane Society  where we will meet the cats and dogs and learn about shelter services.

  • Date: Saturday, Sept. 21
  • Time: 9:00 am - approximately 3:00 pm
  • Fee: $26 (bring money for lunch)
  • Location: Meet at the Field House at 8:45 am

TOURS - 4501024   
Hemp, Hops and H20
Little Flower Hemp Company, Misty Mountain Hop Farm and Project 7 Water Authority  Misty Mountain Hop farms in Olathe is one of the largest in western  Colorado. We will tour the farm and learn the process of growing and  processing hops. Project 7 water authority provides drinking water to  residents of Montrose. We will learn how they keep it safe. Little Flower  Hemp company will educate us on hemp's numerous applications including  body care and medicinal uses. Hemp has a maximum of 0.3% THC  and is not psychoactive.

  • Date: Thursday, Sept. 5
  • Time: 8:45 am - approximately 4:30 pm
  • Fee: $15 (bring money for lunch)
  • Location: Meet at the at 8:30 am
West Elk Mine Tour - Somerset, CO plus lunch in Paonia
The West Elk Mine is the last operating underground coal mine in the  North Fork Valley. We will attend a presentation at the mine and then take  a drive-around tour of the surface facilities. Come learn a little about West  Elk Mine, its history and its plans to survive and remain successful in very  challenging times for thermal (power generation) coal operations.

  • Date: Thursday, Aug. 29
  • Time: 7:15 am - approx 4:00 pm
  • Fee: $21 (bring money for lunch)
  • Location: Meet at the Senior Center at 7:00 am

4 WHEEL DRIVE TOURS - 4501014 
Last Dollar Road
Alpine Scenic Jeep Tours is our guide as we take in the fall colors on Last Dollar Road and beyond! We will travel where the colors are best in a 9 passenger vehicle with heated bucket seats! Register by Aug 19.
  • Date: Monday, Sept. 23
  • Time: 8:00 am - approximately 4:00 pm
  • Fee: $82 (includes tour & guide gratuity) Bring a sack lunch.
  • Location: Meet at the Senior Center at 7:45 am

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  The Montrose Senior Center "Pay It Forward' fund

The Golden Circle Seniors volunteers have facilitated and served the Montrose Senior Center lunch program since 1989. Five years ago they contracted with  Homestead Assisted living to cater the  lunches for $5.  Last year the contracted cost was increased to $7 and Homestead would no longer send over 5 extra meals for us to show appreciation to our volunteers that take the reservations, clean the kitchen and serve the meals.  Though the increase alone would have seriously jeopardized the Montrose Senior Center lunch program, not being able to offer our appreciation to volunteers started the Golden Circle members planning how they could stay self sufficient and maintain this community asset.
The lunch program  at the Senior center is a pivotal social point of many  seniors day.  Like the sitcom "Cheers' , where everyone knows your name and shares stories and needs. When the biggest detriment to aging well is becoming isolated and not feeling useful , our lunch program  affords most peoples biggest meal of the day and lots of enjoyment and fulfillment. 
The Golden Circle volunteers started the "Pay It Forward' fund buy doing a Variety show complete with home cooked side dishes and BBQ along with a bake sale. These efforts have enabled us to keep the volunteer's lunches and to keep the lunch  cost at $5. Our budgets since October of last year have been $800 a month and we need enough support to get through the winter months. We plan to do a Variety Show two  times a year and we are also looking for grant writers  to help sustain this program further. For now, the Golden Circle Senior volunteers are doing what they can by offering good food and a good time to support the lunch program success.

Thank you for supporting this valuable community program.
Golden Circle, Inc ID# 4-1057395     FFN750125478     PO Box 832, Montrose Co 81402

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This is a Korean martial art that helps build confidence, balance, coordination, physical stamina and focus all while learning self-defense in a fun, non-threatening atmosphere! Students age 6 to adult. Veterans may attend for free. Master Ed Ulibarri is an instructor with 30+ years of teaching experience. Try one class for free to decide it it's right for you prior to registering.

  • Session I: Aug 1-29
  • Session II: Sept 3-26
  • Session III: Oct 1-29
  • Session IV: Nov 5-26
  • Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Fee: $35 Per session 
  • Instructor: Master Ed Ulibarri
  • Location: Warrior Resource Center, 4 Hillcrest Plaza

HATHA YOGA LEVEL 1 - 4202009
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. Must have 3 people to hold a class.
  • Day: Tuesday Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Instructors: Donald Herbert, Certified Yoga Instructor (Aug, Sept)
  • Julie Christy, Certified Yoga Instructor (Oct, Nov)
  • Location: Field House, Summit Room (25 Colorado Avenue)
  • Session I Dates: August 13, 20, 27 Session I Fee: $27 or $11 drop in
  • Session II Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24 Session II Fee: $36 or $11 drop in
  • Session III Dates: October 1, 8, 15, 22 (no class Oct. 29th) Session III Fee: $36 or $11 drop in
  • Session IV Dates: November: 5, 12, 19, 26 Session IV Fee: $36 or $11 drop in
Tai Chi Chuan for Seniors is the perfect way to explore and  experience the numerous benefits of Tai Chi no matter what shape
you are in. This ancient, physical and meditative practice of the  Yang style 24 posture form is designed to build strength, improve
health and flexibility, reduce stress, increase energy flow throughout  your whole body, promote health and relax your mind. These
easy-to-follow lessons teach Tai Chi postures with clear, step-by-step  instructions. The routines are low impact with modifications
taught for less flexible students. Gloria Verastegui will lead you  through customized lessons ranging from 30 minutes to an hour with
accompanied breathing exercises. This safe and effective program is  particularly designed for people age 55 and above.

  • Fee: $118/session or $13 drop-in Regular attendance encouraged for maximum benefit.
  • Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
  • Date: Session I Aug 12 - Sept 23
  • Session II: Sept 30 - Nov 6
  • Session III: Nov 11 - Dec 18
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. - noon
  • Location: Field House Summit Room (25 Colorado Ave)
  • Instructor: Gloria Verastegui is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Massage practice and has been teaching Tai Chi classes for 20+ years. 970-319-6818

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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