There ALWAYS something happening at the Rec! Spread your wings and find your niche. 

Although most of what’s going on at the Community Recreation Center involves the physical aspect, there’s more happening than that. Take, for example, the bi-monthly visits of the Montrose Library Book Mobile. You may take advantage of this opportunity from 2-3 p.m.  Aug. 3 and Aug. 17.

The Rural Philanthropy Days was a huge success on June 16. Thank you to all the 350 representatives from foundations and grant seeking organizations from the Western Slope who packed the gym floor in round table discussions who will bring funding through grants to Montrose. Organizations present who have already awarded funding to the Community Rec Center were El Pomar, DOLA and Boettcher Foundation.

An update on the racquetball courts: RECESSED sprinkler heads may be the answer to future fire protection in the courts. On May 23rd, Racquetball South had a dinged sprinkler head that showered the court. Fortunately, at that time, through the quick thinking and reactions of Rec staffers, Racquetball North was saved from damage.  We thought the sprinkler head went off because it was missing a cover, which was submitted as a warranty item to the fire sprinkler installer.

However, on July 10 racquetball north had its own incident with a dinged sprinkler head which showered the north court! With the second incident, it is clear the issue is the sprinkler head itself and not that missing cover.  The insurance claim has been filed and we plan to replace the floors (and install recessed sprinkler heads) during the already scheduled 1st annual maintenance closure and deep cleaning in mid-August. The issue is covered by insurance with no cost to the Montrose Recreation District. In addition, free passes were given to those who had reserved the courts.  Thanks for bearing with us as we handle this unfortunate issue. 

Thanks to the Great Outdoors Colorado grant (GOCO, funds from Lottery proceeds), the newly seeded grass around the CRC grounds makes our gorgeous landscaping pop even more. The CRC is an absolutely striking attribute to Montrose. So much has been accomplished this Spring and Summer by those dedicated to making it happen.

Phase II Outdoor Facilities are mostly completed including the hydro-seeding, six outdoor pickleball courts, two climbing boulders, and the perimeter trail. Please help this grass be ready for use by staying off of it until the fences and signs are taken down. Yet to be added, but on the way in the coming years, are four acres of additional sports fields to the east of the building. The old aquatic center, now Field House, is on target for completion in the next few months. Join us for the Grand Opening soon.

Besides employment opportunities at the Rec, there will always be room for volunteers to help raise money for scholarships for youth in need through fundraising for scholarships by the Montrose Rec Foundation (MRF). Volunteers are also welcome to coach, coordinate schedules, or referee. Come be an important part in molding positive attitudes in our next generation. Relentless volunteer, Judy Lokey, along with daughter-in-law, Sara and granddaughter, Gracie, recently accepted a $5,000 check for the MRF for youth scholarships from Ride the Rockies. A former active member of the MRF, Judy has completed 17 Ride the Rockies, so it was very appropriate she accepted the check on behalf of the MRF. Volunteers are welcome to be a part of the quarterly MRF meetings to become informed of progress and help with this important endeavor.

The City of Montrose, the MRD, the MRF and other partners, are pursuing a $2M grant from GOCO in funds for Connect the Parks connecting residents to the CRC and existing southern trails to the new northern trails. There was $28M in requests from across Colorado. Montrose, along with seven other communities, has been invited to a full application. These projects make up $14M of requests, and GOCO has $9M to give.

No matter what your interests, there’s something at the Rec that’s just right for you. Volunteer, drop-in play, drop-in classes, tournaments, swim, climb, do trips, hikes…it’s endless. Come have fun and enjoy life and get healthy doing it! Go to or call 249-7705.

Kylee Smith is a retired physical educator. She currently is a broker associate for Phelps Real Estate Group and is on the MRD Board of Directors.

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