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Montrose Community Recreation Center

After more than three decades of discussion and debate, Montrose's Community Rec. Center has become a reality.  Our facilities are all about maximizing use and service for our community.  This 80,000 square foot facility sees about 1,000 participants daily and features a warm water leisure pool, cool water lap pool, hot water wellness pool, 3 court gymnasium, 2 racquetball courts, 27 foot climbing wall, 5,000 square foot fully equipped weight room, indoor walking/jogging track, game room and FitZone Aerobics Studio.  All of these amenities are included with a daily admission, punch pass, or annual pass at no additional cost.  This includes all of our group fitness classes and water aerobics classes, over 40 classes each and every week.  The Rec. Center also includes outdoor features at no cost to the public including 6 outdoor pickleball courts, outdoor walking/jogging track, 4 acre grass field and outdoor climbing boulders.  The Rec. Center also has room for expansion in the coming years.  Some of these future projects could include an outdoor pool/hot tub and an artificial turf multipurpose outdoor field.    

Montrose Field House

The original Aquatic Center opened in 1987 at the corner of Rio Grande and Colorado Ave.  This facility accommodated all aquatic operations for the district until January 2017.  The new Montrose Community Recreation Center (CRC) opened its doors on January 27, 2017.  The Aquatic Center was then renovated as a part of the CRC project and converted into an indoor turf Field House.  The Field House opened on December 2, 2017.

Voters passed a bond issue for construction of the Aquatic Center in 1986, and the RE-1J School District donated land for the Aquatics Center. It was 17,000 square foot building with four separate pools, an outdoor pool, water-slide, and splash pad for summer use. The facility sees about 54,000 participant visits per year, or an average of 150 users per day. In 1999, a four court tennis complex was completed adjacent to the Aquatics Center in a cooperative lease project with RE-1J School District. In 2009, a renovation project added two multi-purpose rooms that serve as the site for numerous MRD and community activities, for a total building size of 23,000 square feet. The project also added lobby space, restrooms and administrative space.

The Field House is now open and consists of an indoor multi-purpose artificial turf field with a drop down batting cage.  The remaining parts of the facility, now three multi-purpose rooms, a lobby space and a seasonal outdoor pool, all remain in operation and serve the community.  

Ute/McNeil Field Complex

In 1982 the district negotiated with Colorado Ute Electric to purchase 30 acres near the Uncompahgre River and adjacent to the city’s Baldridge Park. Construction began shortly thereafter to open access to the new park and install two lighted softball fields, which were desperately needed to accommodate a growing interest in adult leagues. A large barn on the property turned in to the district’s maintenance facility and the historic farmhouse was remodeled into the district’s administrative headquarters. Further development over the years has lead to the McNeil Youth Sports Complex and improved access to fishing and nature opportunities at the park. Today, Ute hosts hundreds of adults annually participating in softball and the McNeil Fields provide numerous activities to hundreds of youth each year including soccer, baseball, lacrosse, and softball.

Cerise Park/Stover Field

The Cerise Regional Park project was initiated through an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between the City of Montrose and the Montrose Recreation District in November of 2005. The two entities worked together to develop a plan of using 12 acres of relatively open field space for a two-acre soccer field and a 10-acre multi-purpose field. Both entities have been very sensitive in placing the fields with minimal disruption to the natural habitat. The Recreation District maintains both sites during the growing season and the city is responsible for winter maintenance. The city is responsible for the scheduling of the sites. The district has top scheduling rights of the sites on an annual basis. The city then has the next priority in scheduling rights with the district having additional secondary scheduling rights following the city.

Holly Park - 

This property of five acres on Rio Grande Ave. was acquired from the Bureau of Reclamation due to the Excess Federal Property Act in 1973. Facilities include a lighted softball field, playground, zip line, handball courts, open areas, and a maintenance/restroom/concession building.

Other recreation providers also serve Montrose, which helps Montrose be healthy and active, learn more.

City of Montrose Facilities

The MRD partners with the City of Montrose whenever possible to enhance the parks and recreation system so crucial to the quality of life in Montrose. An example of this collaboration is the earning of a Great Outdoors Colorado grant to complete the Water Sports Park, Rivertrail, and Field Renovation Project. The project was completed in the spring of 2015. View a copy of the press release about the project and access the map showing improvements for a map showing the improvements.  Another example is the Connect Trail Project.  See the aerial tour of the trail alignment that greatly improves our community's trail system, including making us more bike-able.  For a comprehensive map of bike trails and lanes in town, click here

Furthermore, although the City of Montrose is separate entity, we want you to know about and utilize the many services offered by the parks department of the City of Montrose. The City offers and maintains an extensive park and trail system: Bike routes, parks, and trails map. The City, working with the Colorado Plateau Mountain Biking Association, added 5 miles of singletrack trails to Sunset Mesa. In addition, the City provides an 18 hole disc golf course: Disc golf course map.