Welcome to Salida Recreation & Hot Springs Aquatic Center!
Call us: (719) 539-6738 | Visit: 410 W Hwy 50, Salida, CO 81201 | Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Salida Recreation is excited to host 2 great presentations in the Steam Plant ballroom during the month of October. Dr. Duane Vandenbusche, historian, author and professor, will be presenting on the rich and storied past of Salida, Monarch, and the surrounding areas. Coverage will be given to Wellsville, Salida, Poncha Springs, Maysville, Arbourville, Garfield, Monarch, and the Monarch Ski Area and Monarch Pass. Narrow gauge railroads, silver mining, skiing, the limestone quarry and transportation will also be covered in the slide show. This presentation will take place on Thursday, October 9, from 7 – 8:30 in the Steam Plant ballroom. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5, and a cash bar will be available.
Our second presentation will be another installment of our popular Travelogue series. This month, Salida local Mark Wiard will share photos and stories from a trip he took with his wife to Iceland. The pair covered the dramatic terrain of the island on motorcycles, discovering hot springs, volcanoes, fjords, wild weather and sparsely populated towns. “Iceland is a treat for travelers…and a wonderfully civilized country,” Wiard says. This presentation will take place on Wednesday, October 15, from 7 – 8:30 in the Steam Plant ballroom. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5, and a cash bar will be available.
Please call Maggie at (719) 539-5703 with any questions.
By Robin NeJame, Friday Enrichment Coordinator
We are a month in to school and FINALLY I am starting to feel the rhythm of the school-year. The unseasonable weather shifts have made finding this rhythm a little more challenging, but now that the leaves are changing and the temperature a little more crisp, the air just smells like FALL!
Salida Recreation Department and various other Friday Enrichment providers are pleased to offer you an array of offerings this autumn!
- This fall, both the Salida Dance Studio and the Tenderfoot Dance Co-Op have several different activities going on! Zumba, “Boyz Dance”, jazz, ballet, modern dance, composition, and point are just some of the Friday offerings.
- Boys and Girls Club is offering “Wonders of Science”, knitting, chess, pickle ball, field hockey, circus classes, and so much more!
- GARNA is offering “Geospatial Explorations”; this activity is for middle and high school students. Students will learn about GIS, GPS units, computer mapping and geocaching.
- The City of Salida Recreation Department has teamed up with GARNA and CSU Extension Office to provide “Camp Friday”; each week different activities will encourage scientific, natural, musical or physical exploration!
- Salida Recreation continues Rowdy at Riverside for pre-school aged children, and tumbling on Fridays with “Tex”, a renowned gymnastics instructor from Colorado Springs.
- On November 7th, The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area will be celebrating their anniversary! Children of all ages are welcome to this FREE event. Fun, earth-friendly events planned, with snacks to follow at noon!
Salida Recreation has had to cancel this Friday’s Jive and Dive at Mount Princeton Hot Springs. The event will be rescheduled for next Friday, September 26. A bus with 40 seats will leave from Salida Hot Springs Aqautic Center at 5:30 pm. The party goes from 6 – 8 pm, and the cost is $8 if you ride the bus up, or $5 for Jive and Dive without transportation. Please call 539-5703 to reserve a spot on the bus. Jive and Dive is a monthly pool party for middle schoolers hosted by Salida Recreation and Hot Springs Aquatic Center. It is to be held at Mount Princeton Hot Springs during the Aquatic Center closure.
We had a great day at the Banana Belt race yesterday! Thanks to everyone for coming out!
Results can be found here.
The Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center will close Sunday at 6 pm for a two month period in the fall to complete a much needed maintenance project. The projected dates of this closure are September 15 – November 8. The purpose of this project is to address humidity issues and make repairs to the clearstory, windows and the make-up air unit in order to provide a more comfortable atmosphere and prolong the life of the building, which was built in 1937. Local company Diesslin Structures, Inc (DSI) has been contracted to complete this work.
Temperature control and humidity have been problems at the Aquatic Center for many years, and a project of this magnitude was deemed essential in order to protect the pool building cavity. DSI has assembled a team of experts in indoor pool design and mechanical design who will evaluate the current system and propose solutions to address the issues. DSI and City staff will manage the team working on the Salida Hot Springs Pool project.
Together DSI and city staff have identified seven priorities for the project:
- Analyze the Make-up Air Unit (MAU) to determine its long or short term suitability to supply the proposed new ductwork configuration in the clearstory.
- Provide new aluminum duct to supply the clearstory.
- Repair existing water damage in the clearstory area. Repair cold air infiltration in the building cavity, using closed cell foam.
- Re-paint trusses and miscellaneous steel, eliminating rust and peeling paint.
- Replace current duct socks with aluminum duct.
- Repair and insulate end wall moisture condition.
- Repair exterior trim of the structure.
Lube your chain, fill your tires and saddle up! The 3rd annual Salida Bike Fest, a four day festival celebrating bicycles of all kinds, kicks off September 11 and runs through September 14.
The Bike Fest schedule includes a bike from work social mixer, a Salida Rec Travelogue, bike to work and school day, free group rides, a chainless race, bike films, a bike parade, the Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race and the Monarch Crest Crank.
We’ve deliberately included events for a wide variety of ages and interests, so if you’re interested in competing in a mountain bike race, listening to others talk about their adventures, decorating your bike for a cruise around town, or cycling with others in a more leisurely setting, check out our schedule at salidabikefest.com. Many events are free or low cost and designed to celebrate Salida’s love of cycling.
Thursday’s events begin with a Bike to Work and School Day stop in the SteamPlant courtyard just off Sackett Street near G Street. Ride your bike by between 7 – 9 am (even if you’re not headed to work or school!) for breakfast snacks and coffee to start your day. Then, riders can choose to join a free social ride that departs at 9 am from Absolute Bikes (330 W Sackett), right next door to the SteamPlant. The ride will cover 20 – 30 miles at a pace of 11 – 13 mph, and return to Absolute.Read More
By now, you may have already grabbed a copy of Salida Recreation and Hot Springs Aquatic Center’s September October Guide. We are open for registration for any of the listed activities. Please call the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center at (719) 539-6738 or swing by at 410 W Hwy 50 anytime we are open!
If you are interested in getting a youth scholarship to help pay for a program, please read the information listed on our youth scholarship page.
We also are continuing to maintain a community-wide listing of Friday activities for kids. You will also find select news and helpful information pertaining to Friday Enrichment on this page.
Fall is such a wonderful time to regroup, take a deep breath of fresh air, and engage!
Enjoy this special preview of our Bike Fest Travelogue speaker, Gracie Cole. Gracie is friendly and inspiring with lots of stories from the trail. Please join us in the SteamPlant Ballroom on Thursday, September 11, as we kick off the 3rd Annual Salida Bike Fest with a social mixer begining at 5:30 pm and Gracie speaking at 7:00 pm. Tickets for the mixer, $10 at the door, include one drink tickets, hearty appetizers, and the Travelogue. Travelogue-only tickets are $5 at the door. A full cash bar will be available.
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! We recognize that in order to be successful, our 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 special Friday calendar. 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 email@example.com if you would like to list a Friday activity, or if you would like 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 the right side of the home page here at salidarec.com, and keep your eyes out for a special insert in the Mountain Mail and Mountain Guide!Read More
Salida Recreation is pleased to announce a new series of tumbling sessions with High Country Gymnastics Academy. Registration is now open at the Aquatic Center or by calling (719) 539-6738.
These classes pair Salida’s youth with elite-level tumbling, trampoline and gymnastics coach Tex Womack. Womack travels weekly to Salida from his home gym in Colorado Springs.
Tex has recently produced national champions and international-level competitors, but he loves to bring his passion for the sport to children of all ages and abilities. Children will learn fundamentals that will allow for a safe-progression to more and more difficult (and impressive!) skills.
Classes will be held in the new Longfellow gym, thanks in part to a special Friday Enrichment partnership between Salida Recreation and the school district.
Please note that we have had to increase our fees to keep pace with travel costs for Coach Tex. This is not a decision we take lightly, and if this limits anyone’s ability to participate, please contact Maggie Murdoch about our youth scholarships. At Salida Rec, we want everyone who wants to to be able to participate!