Salida Rec – January

MONARCH SKI BUS!! Salida Recreation, in partnership with Monarch Mountain, is running the Ski Bus Fridays & Saturdays ONLY until March 17, 2018. The easiest way to get to the mountain on Fridays and Saturdays during the ski season!  The bus will leave the Aquatic Center at 9am SHARP and leave Monarch at 3:30pm, to return to the Aquatic Center at 4:00 pm, cost is $5. New departure time: Beginning January 1, 2018 all buses leave from the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center at 8:30am SHARP and return at 4:00 pm.  As a courtesy to those who are on time, we will not wait for people who are late going to or coming from the mountain. Each rider is required to SIGN NEW SALIDA RECREATION AND MONARCH MOUNTAIN LIABILITY WAIVERS for the 2017/2018 season, both of which will be available at the Aquatic Center front desk. If you are under the age of 18 and plan to ride the bus, you’ll need to have your parents sign a waiver prior to the bus departure time. Please be aware kids will be on their own once we get to the mountain. Please be certain that they can handle the responsibility of taking care of themselves at the mountain and getting back on the bus by 3:30pm. To ensure a ride, reservations can be made in person with payment at the Salida Hot Springs Pool, or with a credit card over the phone before the date you would like to ride. Without a reservation, riders will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. THE BUS NEEDS A MINIMUM OF 5 RIDERS to DEPART. All ages; children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

  Join Salida Recreation for this annual 5K Fun Run/Walk! Get some exercise, hang out with friends and meet new people – what a great way to kick off the New Year!  We even plan for a later start for those of you who may have stayed up too late the night before. This is a beginner friendly event, so if you’ve never participated in an organized walk/run event before, this is the perfect place to start. Moms and dads, strollers are welcome at this event and pet owners, your well behaved dogs are also welcome. We’ll award prizes to the top finishers and best costumes and have hot drinks, sparkling cider and snacks for everyone. We strongly encourage pre-registration which is now open at You can also download a registration/waiver form at or pick one up at the pool. Register on race day beginning at 9am at the Boathouse Cantina.

Date and Time: Monday, January 1, 2018 at 10am. Race begins and ends at the Boathouse Cantina patio in the alley between F Street and the boat ramp, cost is $10. Competitors follow the Salida Trail System to Holman Avenue, and then turn right up Holman to the 4-way intersection before turning around and heading back to the Scout Hut.  Note: Streets will be open to traffic during the entire race. We are always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering as a course marshal or during registration, please contact Event Coordinator, Matt Sweeney at or 719-539-6738.

PARENT/TOT SWIM LESSONS!  This American Red Cross Aquatics course will help young children become comfortable in and around the water so that when the time comes, they will be ready to learn how to swim. The course will introduce water safety skills that are developmentally appropriate for infants and young children. It is important to know that this course is not designed to teach children to become good swimmers or even to survive in the water on their own. Ages 6 months to 3 years. Parents are required to be in the water. Scholarships available. Saturdays, Jan 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 9am (45 minute class). Cost is $45, includes pool admission and lesson for 1 child and 1 adult. Additional adults may join for $10 (entire session). Call or come by the aquatic center to register. Payment must be received at time of registration. No drop-ins accepted.

LEARN TO SWIM GROUP SWIM LESSONS! Preschool (ages 4 & 5) through Level 4 (ages 6+), Tuesdays and Wednesdays, January 9-31, 2018, 5:30-6:15pm, 45 minutes, 8 lessons per session. For all levels, please register by the Friday before the session begins: $50/session.  Scholarships available.  Please call or come by the aquatic center to register.  Payment must be received at time of registration.  No drop-ins accepted.  Visit for descriptions of American Red Cross swim lesson levels to be sure your child gets registered in the correct class.

SEEKING TRAVELOGUE PRESENTERS!  Have you gone on a trip lately that you can’t wait to share with your community?  We need you!  Travelogue presenters will coordinate with Salida Recreation and Salida Steamplant staff in putting together a slideshow or other audio visual production, marketing efforts and scheduling. Our Travelogue series runs through April showing one presentation each month.  We currently have openings for February, March and April 2018.

JANUARY IS AUTO SHOP EMPLOYEE AND OWNER MONTH!  All auto shop employees and owners can bring in a current paystub or other proof of employment and swim FREE in the public pools all month long. We appreciate you keeping us safe on the road!

2018 FITNESS CHALLENGE PROGRAMS! NOW is a great time to engage in healthy, fun activities that support an active lifestyle. Salida Recreation has some exciting, motivating, and fun ideas for the 7th Annual Fitness Challenge. Our goal is to offer you education and guidance
towards setting and achieving goals and feeling healthy!  By participating in the many aspects of the Fitness Challenge, you will receive structure and information encompassing health, fitness, and nutrition to help you make changes that will last beyond the New Year. We have two FREE classes for you to take advantage of in January. A FREE Water Fitness Sampler class taking place at the Aquatics Center Saturday, Jan. 13 from 9-10:45 am. This is a great chance to learn a little more about what classes we offer here at the pool, to meet our instructors, and to try something new at the start of the year! For ages 16 and older.  Instructors: Terry Bolte, Nancy Powers & Mary Baranczyk. Also a FREE Tai Chi Sampler class with Jon Fritz of HRRMC will take place at the Salida Steamplant, Friday, Feb. 2, 9-9:45am, drop-in class. For ages 18 and older. This class will incorporate gentle movements​ to increase strength, balance, and relaxation.

Camp Friday: Fitness Games, Nature WALKS, Music & Arts Exploration!  Salida Recreation is partnering with GARNA, Guidestone, Box of Bubbles, The Maverick Potter, KHEN, Season’s Café and Joe Lobeck to encourage kids in scientific, musical, natural, artistic and physical exploration. Morning snack provided, please bring lunch, water, and appropriate layers for outside play. Ages 5-8, Fridays, Jan. 12-March 9, 9am-2pm, cost $5/person/day. These programs are sponsored by High Country Bank. Preregistration is required. No drop-ins accepted. All registrations and liability waivers must be completed at the Aquatics Center. Payment must be made at time of registration. Locations/themes subject to change. Please view full schedule at

ART & IMAGINATION FRIDAYS! Salida Recreation and Salida Creativity Lab present Art & Imagination Fridays. Explore your imagination as you paint, draw, assemble, and create with Salida Creativity Lab on Fridays this winter. Come dressed for painting and creativity in this fun mixed media class. Sign up for all five Fridays or just the ones that fit your schedule. Fridays, Jan. 12 through Feb. 9, 9am-12pm, ages 7-10, $10 per class. Classes take place at Chisholm Park. Scholarships available.  Please call or come by the aquatic center to register.  Payment must be received at time of registration. No drop-ins accepted. 


CIRCUS SKILLS CLASSES! Join Salida Recreation and Salida Circus: Circus Skills Aerial, Acrobatics and Equilibristic classes for youth ages 4 and up. Three 4-week sessions offered: Fridays, Jan. 19-Feb. 9; Feb 16-March 9 and April 6-April 27; 2pm, ages 4-7 or 3pm, ages 8+, $50. Both time slots, all sessions 45 minutes, $50, minimum of 8, maximum of 15 students. Salida Circus tutors Jennifer Dempsey, Heather Haggerty and Joan Lobeck will be leading Circus Skills classes including Tumbling, Acrobatic balancing, Aerial and Equilibiristics (juggling, etc). Participants will use aerial fabric, static trapeze and lyra. Skills taught include traditional and Russian climb, foot locks, hip keys on silks; Single/double moves on trapeze and lyra. All classes are suitable for beginners and those with experience. Please register by calling or in person at the Aquatic Center. May sign up for all sessions together. Payment must be received at time of registration. No drop-ins accepted. Scholarships available. All classes take place at Salida Middle School Gymnasium, 520 Milford.


LEARN TO SWIM GROUP SWIM LESSONS!  Preschool (ages 4 & 5) through Level 4 (ages 6+), Tuesdays & Wednesdays, Jan. 9-31, 5:30-6:15pm, 45 minutes, 8 lessons per session. Register by the Friday before the session begins: $50/session. Any registrations after that will be charged an additional $5. Scholarships available. Please call or come by the aquatic center to register. Payment must be received at time of registration. No drop-ins accepted.


JANUARY TRAVELOGUE!  Join Salida Recreation at the Salida Steamplant, Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 7-8:30pm, doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $5/person and a cash bar is available with beer, wine and soft drinks. The Salida Recreation Travelogue series is a great way to see others’ recreation related vacations and adventures without ever having to leave Salida. It is also a great way for those that do the traveling to share their experiences with their community. This travelogue features John and Donna Rhoads and as they present a stunning slide show and share stories on their recent trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. 


KAYAK ROLL SESSIONS BEGIN!  A dedicated time just for you and your boat to practice your roll in the calm, warm waters of the pool, Tuesdays, 7-9pm beginning Jan. 16, cost $8, (through April 24*). Volunteer instructors from RMOC are often available to give tips and advice. Bring your own gear; helmets and PFD’s must be worn at all times. Ages 10+ (children under 10 cannot be in the water), 20 boats max allowed in the pool at one time. No punch passes or membership add-ons accepted. No classes March 13, 20, 27. No preregistration required.


JIVE AND DIVE FOR JANUARY!  Friday, January 19 from 7-9pm, middle schoolers ONLY pool party. Drop-in, $5.

For more information visit or call 539-6738.


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