MONTE VISTA—The recreation department and offerings in the city of Monte Vista are thriving and well. As participants stay active to maintain healthy lifestyles, build friendships and have something to do Recreation Director Jaime Hurtado presented his January report to the Monte Vista City Council on Thursday, Feb. 1.
Hurtado began by giving an overview of the girls’ basketball that ended in November. All three third and fourth grade teams made it to the tournaments and two of the three fifth and sixth grade teams made it to tournaments. Two of the teams took third and fourth place at the contest.
The boys basketball season is currently in session. Hurtado explained the boys and girls basketball seasons are divided in partnership with the school so the city recreation program and the school’s athletic program can share the young athletes. There are currently 70 boys playing the game. After this season it will be onto the next sport.
The recreation department also offers adult activities. Currently registration for adult basketball is open. The season will run from March through May.
According to Hurtado, a special community event was held on Jan. 21— the Denver Nuggets Skill Challenge. This event sponsored by the professional basketball team tests young athletes abilities in the sport of basketball. Several children advanced to sectionals, including three from Monte Vista. The challenge hosted children from several Valley communities. The ultimate goal is to win to attend the state competition at a Denver Nuggets game.
The Mini Pirate Cheerleader program is also upcoming.
Other community events to be held in February include the Daughter/Daddy dance that was held last Saturday, and another popular family skate night will be held this Saturday, Feb. 10. Hurtado said the event in partnership with Rio Grande Prevention Partners and Communities That Care has been growing, and over 70 people of all ages have been known to attend.
Hurtado also oversees Ski Hi Park rentals. He is working on a proposal to get new LED marquees for the park and is working with the Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce to get sponsorships to make his vision a reality. Hurtado believes Ski Hi Park’s future is headed in the right direction.
Hurtado also attends many community meetings. He recently attended some and said he felt it was important that he, as a recreation supervisor, is engaged in those conversations and wished more recreation departments would become involved. Hurtado believes this is important because recreation departments are largely the groups involved with the youth of the community and can help have a positive impact. Through his attendance he also learned of some grants and loans that might help get financial support for a community center and will follow up with city council with more information.