Welcome to Salida!
Salida lures visitors with an abundance of year-round outdoor sports, unique shopping in Colorado’s first Creative District bustling with art galleries, shops and entertainment and the scenic beauty of 14ers, the Arkansas River and national forests, soon to be adorned in autumn’s splendid colors.
The Arkansas River runs through downtown Salida and invites rafters, kayakers, paddle-boarders and “beach lovers” to test the waters. FESTIVALS dot the calendar, from FIBArk each June to the holiday parade and lighting of “Christmas Mountain” annually on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Salida is well known for FIBArk, the nation’s longest-running whitewater competition (66 years). And our stretch of the Arkansas river also reeled in the Gold Medal designation as an outstanding cold-water habitat for fish, providing great year-round fishing for anglers.
Salida is a popular recreation destination for hikers, bikers, campers, horseback riders and ATVers and also national bicycling tours such as the recent USA Pro Challenge. In winter, the area’s fantastic natural snow attracts thousands to Monarch Mountain for fun skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and dog sled riding.
Salida is also a great place to relax, with spas and natural hot springs such as Salida’s indoor pool and nearby Mount Princeton. Stroll through dog-friendly historic downtown filled with art galleries, restaurants, microbreweries, a distillery, coffee shops, antique shops and all types of retail and boutique shopping. Whether the kids want to tackle walking trails, parks, ziplines and aerial parks, horseback riding or mini-golf, treat them to the adventures awaiting in family-friendly Salida.
Friday Enrichment Programs For Students
On behalf of the City of Salida Recreation Department, I am happy to welcome you to the 2014-2015 school year! We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential through our Friday Enrichment Programs!
To be successful, children need support not just from home and school, but also from the community. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s outcome. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities.
This year we will continue promoting Friday programming, not just provided by the City of Salida, but also through private providers, on our calendar, www.salidarec.com/fridays. We are just starting to build the calendar for the school year, and look forward to providers sending us their listings. You will also be reminded of Friday happenings on Facebook. “Like” Salida schools or Salida Recreation, and we will update Friday activities regularly. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to list a Friday activity or to offer a Friday Enrichment activity through the Recreation Department.
This fall you can look forward to Hula Hooping, Camp Fridays, Rowdy at Riverside, Tumbling from the Rec Department. Check out the flyers on www.salidarec.com and keep your eyes out for a special insert in the Mountain Mail and Mountain Guide!
Remember that the Salida Rec department has youth scholarships, supported by donations from High Country Bank, for any Friday activity operated through the Rec department.
Other Friday programs include: Absolute Bikes Two Wheel Adventure Fridays, a host of activities from our local Boys and Girls Clubs, numerous dance opportunities at Tenderfoot Dance Co-Op and Salida Dance Studio, hands-on educational activities through Guidestone and the Salida School Garden, and much more!
Thank you to our friends at High Country Bank. Their support for Friday Enrichment allows you to consistently find out all the happenings for children on any Friday during the school year.
This commitment to education is a partnership that should be commended, because like I mentioned before … “We recognize that in order to be successful, our children need support from not just home and school, but also from the community.” Thank you HCB for contributing to the success of our children!
Robin NeJame is outreach coordinator for the Salida Friday Enrichment program.
Salida In The News
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Please Support the Salida Community Blood Drive
Salida Community Blood Drive 2014:Tuesday, May 20; Tuesday, July 15 (at SteamPlant Event Center); Tuesday, September 16; Tuesday, November 11; from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Held at the Salida Masonic Lodge at 140 W. 3rd Street (except at the SteamPlant on July 15) To schedule your appointment, call the Bonfils Appointment Center at 800-365-0006, Ext. 2.