The Daniels Fund has awarded a $500,000 grant to help build the Montrose Community Recreation Center (CRC). “We are delighted to be supporting construction of the new Montrose Community Recreation Center,” stated Daniels Fund CEO Linda Childears. “We admire the effort this community has made to develop a center that will house recreational, health, and social activities for citizens of all ages.”
The Montrose Recreation Foundation (MRF) launched a $1.6 million capital campaign in September for enhancements to the already funded CRC regular plan. The regular CRC plan features a three-lane indoor walking/jogging track, a warm water leisure pool, lazy river, therapy pool and spa, lap pool, fitness area with weights and cardio, two multi-court gyms, two racquetball courts, active community room, indoor playground and family game room, climbing wall, child watch, modern locker rooms, family changing rooms and other amenities. The enhanced plan includes a third middle school court in the gym, three more lap lanes in the lap pool, doubling the size of the walking track and a therapy clinic. The larger gym would enable a court to be available to the public, while programs are in the other two gyms. Three more lap lanes in the pool would support the robust swimming community that already exists in Montrose. The larger lap pool would accommodate more and bigger regional swim meets, which adds to the economic impact of the facility, and the town of Montrose. The walking track would double in size and include a ‘hill course’ that would greatly increase capacity for this desired feature. Finally, a therapy clinic operated by licensed physical therapists will allow for both wet and dry therapy in one location, and provide a convenience for the patients, many of whom are likely to become regular CRC users.
According to MRF Board President Lori Sharp, “The regular plan is fabulous, but the enhanced plan allows us to even better meets the long term needs of the community by building additional components during initial construction.” MRD Executive Director Ken Sherbenou agreed. “We are very appreciative of the community support that funded the regular plan. As promised during the planning and campaign, we’ve been busy working to leverage that support to bring in grants from outside of the community to pay for the bulk of the enhanced plan. We are overjoyed that the Daniels Fund has come to the table with such a generous and meaningful contribution.” Community presentations of the CRC plans are scheduled for Wednesday, December 10 at 1pm and 7pm at the Aquatics Center. For more information, visit www.montroserec.com.
“We are honored to have received such a sizable grant from the Daniels Fund. With this grant, we are well on our way to realizing the goal of building the enhanced CRC for our community,” said Sharp. This grant award brings the total raised to $572,000, and the MRF and MRD have grant applications pending with at least five other granting organizations. Tax deductible donations may be sent to the Montrose Community Foundation, PO Box 63, 81401, with a reference to the “CRC Capital Campaign”. For more information, visit www.montroserecfoundation.org. Donations through December 31, 2014 will be matched by LiveWell Montrose Olathe (up to $5000 total), and any donation of $100 or above will be featured on the permanent donor wall at the
Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his compassion for people and unwavering commitment to ethics, established the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. For more information, please visit www.danielsfund.org.