Grand Park Community Rec Center launches winter program |

Grand Park Community Rec Center launches winter program

Reid Armstrong
Sky-Hi Daily News
Fraser CO Colorado

With the Grand Park Community Recreation Center opening just a week away, the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation Department released its 2010 winter activity guide this week.

More than 65 classes are listed in the new directory, which went home with East Grand students Wednesday, and the rec center staff is getting ready for registrations to kick off next week.

Registration time used to be one of the most chaotic for the rec center staff, said programming and marketing supervisor Michelle Lawrence.

“People would start lining up outside with their coffee at 7 a.m. on the first day of registration,” she said. Phones would ring off the hook.

“There was a lot of frustration surrounding the whole thing,” she said.

To ease the ‘concert tickets’ syndrome on the first day of registration, the rec center is now offering early registration online, 48 hours prior to regular registration, beginning at 9 a.m. Dec. 12.

Online registration will continue to be available 24 hours per day at

Anyone wishing to register online must already be in the computer system and will need to call the rec center at 726-8968 in advance to get their household identification number.

Registrations may also be taken by phone, in person, by fax or by mail on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 14.

With the opening of the new recreation center, the department has increased its fitness programs by more than 80 percent, Lawrence said. Fitness classes include the ever popular spin classes plus sculpting, stretching, step, yoga, pilates, kickboxing, martial arts and dance classes.

A new aquatics program includes deep water aerobics, water fitness classes and children’s swim lessons.

Also with the new facility, the rec department has expanded its gymnastics program with more classes for children and adults from 16 months on up.

For people interested in activities that won’t make them sweat, options include pottery, jewelry-making, knitting and music classes.

The rec department will continue its Holiday Play Days camp on Monday, Dec. 21 and Tuesday, Dec. 22 at the new facility with a new activity added to the lineup – swimming.

Team sports, including soccer, Nordic skiing, figure skating, boys ice hockey, youth basketball and youth volleyball are also on the lineup.

Tours of the Grand Park Community Recreation Center are available from 4-5 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 11, and Monday, Dec. 14.

The rec center will then close Tuesday through Thursday in preparation for opening day.

The doors will open to the public Friday, Nov. 18.

The rec center will be open weekdays, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and, Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More information and schedules are available online at

A copy of the 2010 Winter Activity Guide is also available at

– Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610 or

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