Welcome to Salida Recreation & Hot Springs Aquatic Center!
Call us: (719) 539-6738 | Visit: 410 W Hwy 50, Salida, CO 81201 | Email us: email@example.com
By Robin NeJame, Friday Enrichment Coordinator
Last week we had Friday Enrichment’s first “holistic” provider meeting. I sat around the table with 13 providers who give their hearts, souls, and an abundance of energy to this community, and for that, I am thankful! We discussed what is working for Friday Enrichment, and what is not working. We talked about how we can better work together, and what activities need to be “separate”. We talked about the challenges of scheduling, and the abundance of excellent opportunities that are being offered. We pondered how we can better communicate about programming. The common goal….children. Every single person at that table wants to positively impact the children of the Salida community. These are individuals, non-profits, private businesses, government entities….and I know that everybody at that table gives a lot more than they get credit for. They are very special and appreciated educators in our community, allowing our children to flourish, through creative approaches, supplementing the already fine education that the children are receiving.
At times, despite the issues that the state of Colorado has with educational funding, I feel like the state and the district gave our children a gift. I know that this may sound peculiar to some, but I wonder if our children would have these same opportunities if we were still on a five-day school week. Some of the offerings that our children have been able to take advantage of include Stream Explorers, GIS class, robotics class with Longfellow Elementary, tumbling, bike club, Kahn Academy, ZUMBA, Rowdy at Riverside, Geospatial Exploration, robotics, fiber arts, farming, ballet, jazz, chess, circus, biking, skiing, music instruction, and the list keeps going! Thank you to our providers who are constantly giving their all to make Friday Enrichment more cohesive, more educational, and more fun! You make our children’s experience even more well-rounded!
Challenges still exist in the four-day week model. We need to look more in depth at what more we can create for our five year olds. We need to look at activities for target age groups, while ensuring that there is not one certain age group being left out. We are always trying to figure out how to boost enrollment of various opportunities. Community, you have been patient and understanding. Thank you for making sacrifices and for embracing what was brought to our community. We hope that your children are taking advantage of safe, educational, and exciting programs throughout the year.
We would not be able to promote these programs like we do, or offer some of these programs, without the generous help of High Country Bank. For the second year in a row, HCB has made a significant donation to Friday Enrichment, allowing us to promote and provide to the families in our community. Their funding has also allowed the Youth Scholarship Fund to grow, creating opportunities for participation for more children. You have heard this before, but you can never say thank you enough, thank you High Country Bank for always giving back. Your local staff always welcomes the community with open arms, and you encourage them to pay it forward. Thank you for being models, and for “walking the walk”.
To see the latest Friday Enrichment happenings please visit www.salidarec.com/fridays. Check back often, as programs are constantly changing! Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Last night, we wrapped up another wonderful year of inspiring Travelogue presentations from members of our community. As the organizer of these events, I have been so moved by the willingness of presenters to spend time putting together and sharing their adventures. I have also been impressed by the diversity of exploits made by the people of our small community! This year, we were treated to shows about a professional photographer shooting in the hinter-lands of Denali National Park in Alaska, long-distance mountain bike racing along the Continental Divide, peak bagging in Colorado, mountain climbing in Scotland, unicycling along the Great Divide, motorcycling around Iceland, and most recently, teaching nursing in Vietnam.
I would like to extend a huge thank you to all our 2014 presenters: Mark Weidman, Aaron Weinsheimer and Kent Davidson, Jon MacManus, Linda Ditchkus, Gracie Cole, Mark and Brenda Wiard, and Marilyn Bouldin, plus Lisa Malde and Robb Russell who kicked off the series in late 2013. Without your adventurous and generous spirits, these fun events would not be possible!
I would also like to extend the invitation to any of you travelers out there…this series will continue in 2015 and while I am already booking the first few dates, I would love to hear from you if you would be interested in sharing your travels with your neighbors and friends. Please contact me (Maggie) at (719) 539-5703 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marilyn closed her presentation last night with some great reflections on lessons she learned traveling in Vietnam, a former war-zone. She shared “I cannot say enough about the people of Vietnam. They are so welcoming, friendly…there were no resentments about the “American War”, and they explained to me that it was in the past, and we only focus on the present and the future.” She also related that 85% of the Vietnamese are Buddhist, and ended with these words on a slide: “We fellow humans have much more in common that we have differences.”
The next Travelogue will be on Wednesday, January 21, with Terry Scanga on his trip to our sister city, Lago, Italy, followed by P.T. Wood on Wednesday, February 18, who has floated the Grand Canyon 15 times since 1991.
Cheers to 2014 and bon voyage in 2015!
Our annual food drive at the pool begins December 1!
Bring in two non-perishable food items and receive half off your regular daily admission price throughout the month of December! All items will be donated to local food banks. Thank you for joining us in this effort to give back to the community while you earn money towards your admission.
I would like to express gratitude to Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort for their generosity in allowing members of the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center to use their facility at a highly discounted rate.
Aquatic Center staff hosted a weekly fitness class at Mount Princeton, which was very well-attended. Both class attendees and our staff loved working out in the picturesque setting below Mount Princeton.
Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center staff also hosted 2 middle school pool parties at the resort. Over 50 kids rode the bus or drove up to Nathrop for each event. It was a great excuse to get out of town and experience a change of scenery.
Thanks to the willingness on behalf of Mount Princeton and their staff to work with our members, many of our members were able to keep up with their water fitness and relaxation routines.
I would also like to send out a special thanks to our patrons for having patience as this project was in progress. You have been missed these last two months and I am so excited to see folks returning to the Aquatic Center!
Arts and Recreation Director, City of Salida
YOUTH STROKE CLINIC COORDINATOR
Salida Recreation and Hot Springs Aqautic Center is searching for an individual to coordinate volunteer instructors and staff for a weekly lap stroke clinic for kids of all ages and ability levels. A competitive swimming background is preferred. This person will lead volunteers in managing the kids through an hour-long program consisting of a dry-land warm-up, in water drills and games and cool down session on Monday evenings into March. Please contact Maggie with questions or interest.
We are SIMPLIFYING our Aquatic Center schedule with the intention of making it easier to read and follow. MELLOW MORNINGS is the new name for our discounted morning swim time held 6 days a week from opening until 1 pm.
During this time frame, the pool will be open for lap swimming, swim team practice, fitness classes, parent-tot, and soaking, as before. Also as before, youth will not be allowed to be in the pool unattended (with the exception of lap-swimmers) during this time, as we want to preserve to calm and mellow character of mornings at the Aquatic Center. The diving board and slide will not be open during Mellow Mornings.
What is different is that each of these activities, with the exception of fitness classes, are not called out individually on our schedule. We have so many things going on that we are hoping this will make our calendar look cleaner and be easier to use. The intent is that the pool is available for any of these uses during this time, with one exception: during classes marked (LP) on the schedule, the leisure pool may be fully or partially be closed to other uses.
We also offer a detailed lap lane availability calendar, available at the front desk or online, along with the swim team schedule. We welcome questions, feedback and suggestions – we are committed to working together to make the most of our unique facility!
You will also notice an ABBREVIATED AFTERNOON on Mondays. This is also special discounted time for the month of November, open to all.
Family Night will continue on Thursdays, from 5 – 8 pm, with the discounted prices.
The discounted prices remain $5 for adults, $3 for youth 6 – 17, and $2 for children 5 and under.