Opportunities abound in Monte Vista

MONTE VISTA— As the spring continues, and the months turn into summer, the city of Monte Vista’s Recreation Department offers many activities for fun. These include things such as softball, soccer, football, family fun nights and hosting community events. Recreation Supervisor Jaime Hurtado attended the Thursday, April 4 meeting of the city council to update everyone on the many opportunities his department provides to beat boredom.
Hurtado’s report included the activities that have been held from December up until this month. The youth boys basketball program wrapped up in mid-February. Tournaments were held in Center and Hurtado was pleased to announce that three out of three of the third and fourth grade teams competed placing fourth and third place, and five out of six of the fifth and sixth grade teams competed, placing first and second. “We think it’s a good thing when we have some wins. It shows the kids are improving and actually learning something,” he said.
The Denver Nuggets Skills Challenge was held once again. This year it took place on Jan. 20 at the Monte Vista Middle School. The challenge was open to all boys and girls between the ages of six and 13. Some of the participants moved on to the higher competition in Pueblo. Hurtado said that participation was down this year with only around 15 children attending. He and his crew believe it was due to weather and some Facebook management factors. They will continue to host the challenge as he believes it is a good opportunity for the kids.
The adult basketball league started in March and continues through April. There are 13 men’s teams and five women’s. Hurtado stated this was an increase in participation from previous years. There is also a group of college students playing, and the other teams are local citizens.
The Family Fun Skate Night will continue every fourth Friday of every month. “It’s an event for just families. It’s a chance for the parents and kids to come out and have some fun and just skate,” stated Hurtado. The entry fee is a donation and skates are available for rental.
The popular youth soccer program began last week. Around 30 kids registered to play this year. The youth range in age from pre-kindergarten all the way to seventh grade. There is one team per age bracket.
Hurtado ended his report by thanking all of the volunteer parents and coaches who make the programs possible. He invited anyone in the community who is interested in volunteering with the recreation programs to give him a call. He reminded citizens that the youth need community leaders and role model adults to look up to.
To learn more about the Monte Vista recreation department visit their Facebook page @montevistarec or call 719-852-2692.


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