NOW HIRING! Please see our job openings and information page
Welcome to Salida Recreation & Hot Springs Aquatic Center!
Our annual holiday food drive is in full swing and Rudolph wants to pull a sleigh FULL of food back to The Grainery at the end of December! Please bring in two, non-perishable food items and receive half-off of our regular, daily admission prices.
November 21, 2013 – Happy Thanksgiving and Ski Bus Notice
Please note that the ski bus will begin running on December 6. We’ll see you then! We wish everyone a safe, warm and happy Thanksgiving!
November 13, 2013 – Clean out your clutter and help provide jobs!
In cooperation with Blue Star Recyclers of Colorado Springs and Southern Colorado Recycling of Pueblo, the Salida Recreation will be hosting an electronics and latex paint recycling event on Saturday, November 23 from 9am – 1pm at the recycling center behind the Aquatic Center.
With the holidays around the corner, now is a fantastic time to clean out some of those items just sitting around the house, taking up space. And some of those items can even help a regional non-profit provide meaningful jobs to people with disABILITIES such as autism.
All electronics items, including batteries, computers, TVs, printer and toner cartridges, small appliances and CFLs will be taken for safe, secure and ethical recycling by Blue Star Recycling. This 501(c)3 non-profit not only meets the highest environmental standards for electronics recycling, but it does so while proving meaningful jobs to people with developmental disabilities. People in this demographic typically have an 85-90% unemployment rate.
While autism isn’t the only developmental disability represented in the Blue Star team, it provides a good example of the reason why Blue Star chooses to focus on the root word of disability—that is ABILITY. People with autism are generally good at and enjoy systematic tasks, such as disassembling electronics. When people with this particular ability, people who often cannot find employment in other workplaces, are put to work in Blue Star’s encouraging, safe and positive environment not only do they excel but they enjoy coming to work!
Blue Star has been featured in regional and national media as a leader in electronics recycling with a social mission.
Salida Recreation is also excited to welcome Southern Colorado Recycling to this year’s event. SCR accepts latex paint for recycling and reuse.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE RECYCLING EVENT
• Latex paint can be recycled for $1/gallon. No other paints or stains will be accepted.
• All hard drives are promptly destroyed, ensuring security of personal data.
• Small electronic items are free.
• A residential carload of electronics is only $10.
• A commercial carload of electronics is only $20.
• See a complete list of accepted electronic items.
November 5, 2013 – Friday Enrichment: Building Partnerships
What do you kids do with their free time on Fridays? Do you feel they are engaged and entertained?
Funded by a generous $9,000 donation from High County Bank, SOSS and Salida Recreation created a new position with the purpose of promoting Friday programming for Salida’s youth.
With this assistance, Salida Recreation and SOSS will become a hub of information about Friday activities, as well as a network to connect people who wish to offer programming with those who have the resources to help.
These organizations will actively distribute information on Friday Enrichment opportunities for school-aged children through their websites, email announcements, school Facebook pages, news and radio announcements and through local organization newsletters and announcements. Plan on seeing monthly updates in the Mountain Mail during the school year.
The Salida Recreation Department will be the official hub for getting all types of Friday Enrichment information to the community, whether it is hosted by the department or not.
Please share your ideas with us to help is meet your needs. If there is a program not being offered through the recreation department or other organizations, we encourage your input.
More importantly, if you or someone you know needs financial help to participate in a program, please ask about Salida Recreation youth scholarships.
If you would like us to highlight your Friday Enrichment activity already being offered, suggest an educational opportunity for a child (such as an internship or a specific class) or if you would like more information, please contact Robin NeJame, Friday Enrichment Coordinator.
And check out our Friday Enrichment page for details about program currently being offered!
WHAT TO EXPECT
• Gathering of Friday Enrichment activities. Let us promote your events or activities. Please email your events, providing proof of insurance.
• Dissemination of calendar information via SalidaRec.com/fridays, Salida.com/SOSS, SalidaSchools.org, TheMountainMail.com, SalidaCitizen.com, ilovesalida.com, SalidaDailyPost.com, Tenderfoot Times, Salida School District Facebook page and Chamber updates.
• Radio Interviews
• Presentations to Community Organizations, such as Rotary, Salida Business Alliance, and Chamber of Commerce.
• Outreach and recruitment to create further Friday Enrichment opportunities, work with other organizations such as Boys and Girls Club and Family and Youth Initiatives to ensure that we meet the needs of the children in our community.
• Create partners. How can the community support these opportunities? Provide a mentorship/internship program, create new programs, financial donations (to provide scholarships, supplies, etc…)…..we want to work with you!
October 30, 2013 – NOW HIRING! Please see our job openings and information page.
October 24, 2013 – The Customer Satisfaction Survey is now closed. Thank you for your responses!
Salida Recreation wants to hear from you! We are conducting a short survey regarding the Hot Springs Aquatic Center and other recreation programming though November 10. Surveys can be taken online here or paper copies may be picked up at the pool.
The survey will be used by the recreation department and the City of Salida to determine what programs and services are utilized by the community and which may need to be changed or reassessed. It will also offer insights as to what visitor expectations are and help guide us when making improvements and changes in the future.
We thank you so much for your participation!
October 15, 2013 – Salida recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a “Bicycle Friendly Community”
The City of Salida and Salida Recreation are proud to announce that our community has been chosen as an official Bicycle Friendly Community. This designation comes from the League of American Bicyclists and is decided following a lengthy application process.
The Silver Level designation will be presented at the City Council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 15. An award ceremony will be scheduled later this month to celebrate the award with the Salida community.
The Bicycle Friendly Community program helps communities like Salida evaluate their quality of life and sustainability and transportation needs, while allowing us to benchmark our progress toward improving our bicycle-friendliness.
The program has accepted nearly 600 applications for designation since 2002. Currently, there are 291 Bicycle Friendly Communities in the U.S.
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