(1) It is unlawful for any person who owns, harbors or keeps a dog to permit that dog to enter any City park, except areas specifically identified as “dogs permitted” or by motion of the City Council for special events.
The Salida Recreation Department has hired Rick Boucher as it’s new Special Events Coordinator. Rick moved to Colorado in 1977 from Connecticut and has been recreating ever since. He has experience in mountaineering, rock climbing, cycling, and skiing. Over the years he has shared his passion for these activities through coaching, training, and teaching to fun loving adventure seekers of all ages. Most recently he has served as a program coordinator and trainer at Monarch Mountain Ski and Ride School. Rick also has extensive experience in website development, communications, and social media marketing. Welcome aboard, Rick! — Lanette Hartman
The final community track meet of the summer that was scheduled for Monday July 18th has been CANCELLED. This is due to the use of the high school and track as the incident command post for the Hayden Pass fire. Thank you to all the participants who have supported our track meets this summer and we will do it again next year! Stay healthy and active. THANK YOU TO ALL INVOLVED IN FIGHTING THE FIRE! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
July is Park and Recreation Month, and we hope you’ll come join us and celebrate! We’re holding three FREE ice cream socials during July. Come out to Chisholm Park (July 12), Alpine Park (July 19), or Centennial Park (July 26) for some treats and games from 6 – 7pm.
We also have many other recreation and pool programs going on during July, designed for participants of all ages! Join us for Open Pickleball Play; Park N Pool; Salida Cycles; Thursdays @ Six Concerts; Line dancing; our 3rd Community Track Meet; Summer Camp Fridays; Youth Swim Lessons; Parents’ Night Out; and more. Click here for a more complete list of programs and program descriptions.
Of course, participating in an organized recreation program is not the only way to celebrate. Hanging out at the park with friends, visiting the Farmer’s Market, going for a walk with your dog, or relaxing by the river are all ways to enjoy recreation or our parks.
So no matter how you do it, we hope you get out there and celebrate Park and Recreation Month!
Lifeguards – The Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center is currently seeking Lifeguards. Schedules can be flexible, but will potentially include either nights, early mornings, and/or weekend hours. In addition to an hourly wage, all pool staff also receive swim benefits at the Aquatic Center.
Certification is required, and we occasionally offer a lifeguard certification class. If you are interested in working with a great team of employees while also being around a varied and dedicated group of pool patrons, please contact us! For more information, either call 719-539-6738 or stop by the pool.
The Salida Recreation Department encourages athletes to sign up by noon on June 15th for this year’s FIBArk running and mountain bike races. After the 15th, all registrations will need to be done on-site on race day, which costs an additional $5 per race. Registration forms are available at salidarec.com and at the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center, or participants can register on-line at fibark.com. Maps of all land event courses are also available on-line.
Four running races and a mountain bike race will be offered during the FIBArk Festival, starting with the Tenderfoot Hill Climb on Thursday, June 16 at 6pm. In this race, competitors scramble straight up and down the face of Tenderfoot Mountain, starting and finishing at the stoplight on 1st and ‘F’ Streets. The fastest runners finish in under twelve minutes!
The 5K and 10K Road Races will be held on Saturday, June 18 at 8am. These events start and end on the mesa by Thonhoff Park (by the Chaffee County courthouse) and take racers along Salida’s county roads. Salida Rec will also offer a free, un-timed 1 mile kids’ fun run around Thonhoff Park at approximately 8:30am. No pre-registration is necessary for the kids’ fun run although parents will need to sign a waiver race day morning.
The 10k Trail Run and the Arkansas Hills Mountain Bike Race will take place Sunday morning, June 19. The trail run begins at 8am while the mountain bike races begin at 10:00am. All races begin and end by the F St. bridge and take place on the Arkansas Hills trail system. Course length and difficulty for the mountain bike race varies by category.
Runners can also choose to participate in the Triple Crown event. This competition requires that racers run the Tenderfoot Hill Climb, 10K Road Race, and Trail Run. The winners are the male and female competitors with the fastest combined times from all three races.
Prizes will be awarded to the top competitors in each race. These prizes have been provided by FIBArk sponsors, including many local businesses, so please stop by and thank them for their support!
The Salida Recreation Department is also looking for volunteers. Volunteers are crucial to the success of our events, and are needed for all of the races. Volunteering is a great way to participate if you do not wish to compete in an event.
For more information, contact Kristy Falcon with the Salida Recreation Department at 539-5703 or email@example.com, or stop by the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center.