Parks & Recreation

Yoga, June 25, 2020

The recreation center staff is happy to announce that Tier I of the reopening plan has gone smoothly and we are ready for Tier II.  Starting Monday, July 6th, staying within the guidelines from the “7th amended public health order 20-28 safer at home” released June 18th, 2020, the recreation center will be able to offer the following services:

Facility hours will remain 5:30am-7:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Indoor swimming pool hours will remain 5:30am-2:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Lap lanes will be available for lap swimming, rhythmic water exercise, and water safety only. Reservations are required and can be made by telephone or in person 72 hours in advance. Three people per lap lane.  If more than one person in a lane the users of that lane must be from the same household.  Social distancing of 6 ft. between patrons between each lane.  

15 patrons will be allowed in half the gym for use of exercise equipment while continuing to adhere to 6 ft. of social distance

25 patrons will be allowed on fitness equipment located upstairs while continuing to adhere to 6 ft. of social distance

Walking track is available, not to exceed 10 patrons, middle lane for passing only.

½ the Gymnasium will be available for shooting baskets.  Only 3 patrons per basket.  Use of personal basketballs only.  No sharing of basketball unless in the same household.

Racquetball courts, 2 per court with no waiting or sharing the courts.  Reservations are required and can be made by telephone or in person 72 hours in advance. No fee for reservations at this time.

Public lockers are unavailable with the exception of the rented lockers in the main hall.

We will offer a very limited number of fitness classes. Reservations 72 hours in advance by notifying front desk in person or calling to reserve.  Classes must be paid for at time of reservation, no refunds for a no call no show. 9 patrons and 1 instructor in the Mesa/Canyon room. Adhering to 6 ft. social distance at all times. Reduced fee of $3.00 per class or included in membership.

5:35am-Spin class, Monday, Wednesday, Friday

9:00am-Yoga, Friday 

9:15am-Tai Chi, Tuesday and Thursday

Still closed until subsequent tiers:

Rock wall

Room reservations

Leisure pool/lazy river

Child watch

Locker rooms (family changing rooms and upstairs bathrooms available)

Pool table

Limited fitness classes available.

Most lockers

What to expect when using the recreation center:

Temperatures will still be taken at the door.  Must be cooler than 100.4

Masks are required while walking around the building, but may be removed prior to exercising

Staff will continue wearing masks

There will continue to be a reduced entry fee of $3.00 per visit

Patrons will use the door near the rockwall for an exit

Patrons must maintain 6 ft. of social distance.

Directional arrows and grids on the floor upstairs

Yellow caution tape marking closed areas


June 4, 2020

As concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue, the health and safety of our community and partner organizations are very important to us. The current situation is developing and we are closely monitoring information from Public Health officials in Montezuma County and the State of Colorado and will follow their recommendations moving forward.

Golf, Tennis and Pickleball are open at TIER II levels (See “Opening Procedures” documents)

Outdoor Basketball courts and Disc Golf Course are open.

Effective June 18, 2020 Playgrounds are available.

Again, information is coming from the Public Health officials in Montezuma County and the State of Colorado and is changing from day to day. We will continue to stay abreast of these changes and recommendations and make operational and closure decisions accordingly. The parks are still open, however, we believe that the closures will encourage social distancing. It is our goal to do everything possible to protect the health of our community to the best of our ability.


Dean Palmquist

Park and Recreation Director

City of Cortez

image1 (2)The mission of the Cortez Parks and Recreation Department is to provide the community with the opportunity to participate in quality recreational programs and to enjoy well maintained parks, facilities, and golf course. 

The Cortez Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for the oversight of the parks, trails, open space, ball fields, outdoor swimming pool, golf course, recreation center, recreation programs, and a shared responsibility with the Cortez Public Works Department in addressing the community forestry program. The department is responsible for over 600 acres of parkland, natural areas, golf course, lakes, and undeveloped park space. The City of Cortez has a public tree population of 2,458 trees. Of these, 1,032 are street trees and the remaining 1,426 trees are located within the park system or on the Conquistador Golf Course.

The Cortez Parks and Recreation Department operates the Cortez Recreation Center, which includes a gymnasium, cardiovascular and weightlifting equipment, climbing wall, racquetball courts, walking/jogging track, competition lap pool, leisure pool with a lazy river, water play features, enclosed water slide and a tot slide, meeting rooms, pool table, and child care.

The Cortez Parks and Recreation Department offers youth and adult sport programs, including youth tennis, youth and adult basketball, adult softball, adult volleyball, and adult pickle ball. Also, we offer general recreation programs, including swimming lessons, exercise classes, a youth day camp during the summer months, a youth after school club, senior day trips, a fishing derby, and a skate park competition.