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February 2017    

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Quick Updates
  • The Winter 2016-2017 Activity Guide is Available Online Now by  clicking here !  This was mailed by December 5th, with registration starting that day.  The Winter Guide has complete Community Rec. Center (CRC) information.  The spring guide will be mailed by March 6th with registration beginning that same day. The current guide is also always available at   
  • Construction of the Community Recreation Center is Almost Done! Click here   to see the construction camera. Virtual 3D renderings of the Community Recreation Center is also available. Click here to see what we had planned and compare it to how we did!  The CRC is located at 16350 Woodgate Road, behind Wal-Mart. 
  • Program Highlights for more info., see corresponding program section below or the Winter 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. Adult Spring Volleyball
      : Registration Deadline of February 27th.  Played at the CRC!
    4. Youth Spring Soccer: Registration Deadline of March 13.
    5. Youth Spring Lacrosse: Registration Deadline of March 27. 
Happy New Year!  It is a great new year for the quality of life and health of our fine community!  Thanks for being a patron and/or supporter!
-The MRD

MRD News:
This Rec. Center is Your Rec. Center 

 After more than three decades of discussion and debate, Montrose's Community Rec. Center has become a reality.  The earliest document related to the Recreation Center that I found in the MRD files says 'Montrose Community Center Committee' at the top.  It has several names that we still regularly see in the Montrose Daily Press today.  It is dated 1979.

Although my time here has only been 6 years, I've learned that Montrose can be skeptical of public initiatives, especially those involving precious tax dollars.  What this has translated to for me is that the community has high expectations.  There is no rubber stamping here or blind support of feel good community things like Rec. Centers.  Public agencies need to be efficient, effective and innovative.  Plans presented need to be strong, fiscally sound and followed by accountability when they are built.  We have also learned tremendously from other agencies.  For example, the Library was built without financing and tax dollars did not go towards interest.  The school bond that passed many years back was leveraged tremendously to build a lot more than was initially promised.  We hope for similar success.

I realize that skepticism was very strong with the Community Rec. Center project. It took over three decades of effort to craft a plan that was acceptable.  Many still harbor negative feelings about the project; some have said they have no use for the facility and their blood pressure rises when driving by it on Woodgate Road.  If this describes you, I am sorry for your frustration.  However, I want you to know that your skepticism forced the CRC plan to be as strong as possible.  It helped the project be success.

After many years of hard work by so many, it is here.  Your new CRC is located at 16350 Woodgate, behind Walmart.  The tours are open to anyone and everyone from 8am to 7pm, Monday through Friday.  Our Customer Service Representative desk is open this entire time to complete all MRD program and pass registration.  

Many want to know about the plans for the old Aquatic Center by the high school.  The old pool and front desk are now closed.   Our construction crews began renovating the current facility into an indoor turf Field House to be used for any sport you can play on a field; see below for more information.   

Our facilities are all about maximizing use and service for our community.  Towards that end, for the CRC, Youth and Senior (55+) residents pay $17/month.  Adult residents pay $30/month.  Complete CRC info. is available at on pages 7-18 of this activity guide and at or by calling 249.7705.  Please come check out your Rec. Center.  It belongs to you and the whole community. 
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Montrose Community Recreation Center Grand Opening!
Montrose Community Recreation Center Grand Opening!

Montrose CRC Soft Opening including Youth Basketball and Marlins Swim Meet

MRD Person of the Month 

Adult and Youth Sports Official
Dave Dearstyne

Congrats to Dave Dearstyne, MRD's Part-Time Employee of the Quarter!  With Dave's extensive background in officiating he is able to work at both the youth and adult level in multiple sports.  Dave's officiating work for the MRD includes baseball, basketball and soccer.  We cannot run effective sports programs without great officials like Dave and we appreciate everything he does to help our youth and adult programs succeed and grow in both the new Community Recreation Center and coming soon in the new field house.       
MRD Fit Zone

Achieve your fitness goals with a personal trainer at the Montrose Community Recreation Center.

The Montrose Recreation District is pleased to announce that we have a lineup of certified personal trainers to help you achieve your fitness goals. Please check out each trainer's bio in our activity guide and our training rates in the fitness area. We are offering 1-on-1 personal training packages as well as small group training options to help offset the cost of a personal trainer by working out in a group of 2-4 individuals. For more information please contact John Wagner, our Fitness Center Supervisor, at (970) 497-8565. 
View the FitZone Calendar Here  to view daily fitness class schedule.  
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Youth Sports
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3rd & 4th Grade Clinic:
Girls will participate in four fun-filled clinics.  These clinics will serve as an introduction to the sport of volleyball.  The first two clinics will focus on skill development the last two will be a combination of skill development and matches.  Limited to 40 girls, so sign up today!
  • Fee:  $32
  • Dates:  Saturdays, March 4th thru 25th
  • Registration Deadline:  Monday, February 27
  • Time:  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Montrose Community Rec Center
The numbers for this program have been increasing each year thanks to great volunteer coaches!  Teams will again practice twice a week and play a total of six matches on Friday evenings throughout the season.  This is a great way for kids to learn the fundamentals of this exciting game while exercising with friends and teammates.
  • Fee: $38 
  • Practices Dates:  Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays at area schools beginning March 13
  • Registration Deadline:  Monday, March 6th
  • Games:  Friday nights at the Community Rec Center
  • Practice Times:  5:30 or 6:45 p.m.
  • Last day of season:  April 21st

Soccer is a fun way for kids to get off the couch, meet new friends and stay in shape!  Our great volunteer coaches make this program a blast for both the kids and the parents.  Sign up early to avoid the late fee and get your choice of practice days.  All participants are required to wear shin guards and the MRD jersey on game days.  These can be purchased for $24 at the MRD Recreation Center and can be worn for many seasons.  Volunteer coaches make the program possible and we always need more.  If you are interested in coaching contact Justin Mashburn at
  • Fee:  $38
  • Practice Times:  5:30 or 6:30 p.m.
  • Registration Deadline:  Monday, March 13
  • Coach Training:  Thursday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Rec Center
  • Practice Begins:  March 27 (No practices over Spring Break)
  • Games April 15 to May 20

Lacrosse is fun, fast-paced and a great way for fall and winter athletes to stay active, in shape and sharpen eye-hand coordination.  During the spring season we will schedule games against teams from across the Western Slope and travel to a couple of tournaments.  MRD has equipment to lend players on a first registered first served basis.  New this year:  teams will be based on age as of August 31st, not grade as we have previously done.  
  • Fee:  $50
  • Practice:  Weeknights starting March 20
  • Games:  April 15 thru May 20
  • Time:  5:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.
  • Location:  Practices at Cerise Park
  • Ages:  U9, U11, U13 & U15
  • Registration Deadline:  March 27

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Beginning in February we will be offering a fun 35 and older basketball league.  This is for all men and women interested in competing in a fun, laid-back environment.  Rules will be altered to help slow the game and make it more enjoyable.  Games will be self-officiated.  Form your own team or register as a free agent.  All player son your team must be 35+.
  • Organizational Meeting:  Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the McNeil Office
  • League Games:  Sundays; Feb. 12 - Apr. 9
  • Time:  1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Team Fee:  $200
  • Location:  Montrose Community Rec Center Gym

Come play some ball over your lunch hour.  Teams will be made as people show up.  Socialize, play and get fit!  Show up when you can.
  • Days:  Monday - Friday
  • Time:  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Fee:  CRC General Admission or Passes
Four on Four indoor volleyball.  Get in the spirit of Spring, have fun and recreate by playing voll eyball!  Spring Adult Volleyball Leagues are offered for Women's or Coed Play.  Teams consist of four people (Coed 2 men & 2 women).  Four teams are required in each division before leagues will be formed.  
  • Team Fee:  $200 ($100 due at time of registration)
  • Women's Leisure:  Mondays
  • Women's Rec:  Wednesdays
  • Coed Leisure:  Tuesdays
  • Coed Rec:  Thursdays
  • League Games:  March 6 - April 20
  • Registration Deadline:  Feb. 27
  • Time:  6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location:  Community Rec Center Gym


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On December 6, we began offering Silver Sneakers classes including:  Cardio Fit and Classic.   Click Here for class descriptions on Pg. 14. These classes  will be held at the MRD Aquatic Center Apex and Omni rooms.   Talk to a customer service representative  for information on how to sign up for Silver Sneakers and get  a free annual pass to use at the recreation center call (970) 249-7705!


TOURS - 1501024 (Limited Space Remaining)
Ridgway Business Tours
ACME Healing Center, Sherbino Theater and Second Chance Humane Society, plus lunch in Ridgway.  
Second Chance Animals Shelter's mission is saving animals' lives and promoting the human-animal bond.  The long term vision is loving homes for all pets.  We will tour the facility.  ACME Healing Center is a medicinal and recreational marijuana dispensary.  We will take a tour and learn about the marijuana business in Colorado.  We will tour the historic Sherbino Theater and learn about the events offered there.  
  • Date:  Tuesday, February 28
  • Time:  8:45 a.m. - approx. 3:00 p.m.
  • Fee:  $29 (includes donations to Second Chance Humane Society and the Sherbino Theater.  (bring money for lunch)
  • Location:  Meet at the Senior Center at 8:30 a.m.

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Aquatic Programs
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Pool Hours January 30 - March 31:  

Wellness Pool
  • Adult Times
    • Monday - Friday:  6:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    • Saturdays:  8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • Sundays:  12:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Families & Children Times
    • Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • Saturdays:  10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Sundays:  1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.   
Lap Pool
  • Swim Times (16 and up)
    • Monday - Friday: 6:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    • Saturday:  8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday:  12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Rec./Open Swim
    • Monday - Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    • Saturday:  10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday:  12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Water Walking
    • Monday - Friday:  7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    • Saturday:  8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
    • Sunday:  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Leisure Pool

  • Rec./Open Swim & Beach Area Times
    • Monday - Friday:  8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    • Saturday:  8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday:  12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Rec./Open Swim, Lazy River & Slide Times
    • Monday - Friday:  10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    • Saturday:  10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday:  12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Water Walking, Leisure Pool Lap Lanes & Lazy River
    • Monday - Friday 6:00 - 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Saturday:  8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
    • Sunday:  12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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.    

MRD and First Student have teamed up to provide an after school swim time.  First Student buses will transport children from Oak Grove, Cottonwood, Johnson, and Northside.  Students from other area schools may also take advantage of our special rate.  A permission slip is required, and children under the age of seven must pass a swim test. 

Dates:  Aug. 16 - May 24
Fee:  $3 daily or $57 for a 20 punch pass
Day:  Monday - Thursday
Time:  2:30 - 5:15 p.m. 

 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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Sharing the healing practice of Yoga, helping you move more freely, breath more deeply.  This gentle class will help reduce tension and stress in the low back and sacral area, finding freedom and ease.  
  • Fee:  $40
  • Instructor:  Lynn Andres, RYT
  • Session 1
    • Date:  Mondays & Wednesdays Feb. 6, 8, 13, 15
    • Time:  6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
  • Session 2
    • Date:  Tuesdays & Thursdays Feb. 7, 9, 14, 16
    • Time:  9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
  • Location:  MRD Apex and Omni Rooms (Old Aquatic Center)

TAE KOWN DO - 2202023
Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art that can be taught as an Olympic Sport,  for self-defense or for health and fitness. It helps develop self-confidence,  balance, self-control and leadership. Hapkido is Korean martial art used for  conditioning and self-defense. Students ages 7 to adult. Veterans may take
the class for free. Instructor Ed Ulibari is a Master instructor with 30+ years  of teaching experience. You may try one class for free to decide if it's right  for you prior to registering.  
  • Session 3:  February 2 - 28
  • Session 4:  March 2 - 30
  • Time:  Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:45 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Fee:  $30/ session
  • Location:  Warrior Resource Center 11 S. Park Ave.
  • Instructor:  Master Ed Ulibarri

HATHA YOGA LEVEL 1 - 1202009
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.  
  • Day:  Tuesdays
  • Time:  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Fee:  $36/ session or $11 drop in
  • Location:  Apex and Omni Rooms (Aquatic Center)
  • Session 1:  Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28
  • Session 2:  March 7, 14, 21, and 28
  • Instructor:  Julie Christy, Certified Yoga Instructor

Pickleball is now playing at the new Community Recreation Center!  This game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.  If you are new to the game, we recommend you attend the Intro to Pickleball Clinic to learn the rules of the game.  We play both indoors and outdoors in the winter depending on the weather.   

  • Days:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
  • Time:  1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Fee:  Annual Pass, Punch Pass or Daily Admission
    • Daily Admission:  $5 Senior (55+), $6 Adult

Job Openings
Customer Service Representative (applications due Thursday February 2nd at 3pm!) -
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 Kelsey 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. 
Climber Wall Monitor -   Please email Kelsey a letter of interest, resume and completed application to the individual listed for more information.
The application is found by going to 

- 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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