Parks & Recreation

July is Parks and Recreation Month, and to celebrate, we are holding a photo contest and looking for submissions that express what you love most about our public parks. The contest will run from July 1-30, with the winners announced in early August. Amateur participants are encouraged to enter. 

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners!

1st: 1st: Foursome Golf Certificate for the Conquistador Golf Course (2021)

2nd: 2nd: 20 Punch Pass to Cortez Rec Center (2021)

3rd: 3rd: One family daily pass to Cortez Recreation Center for up to 4 family members (2021)

PHOTO CONTEST ENTRY

Photo Contest Official Rules July is Parks and Recreation Month, and to celebrate, we are holding a photo contest and looking for submissions that express what you love most about our public parks. The contest will run from July 2-30, with the winners announced in early August. Amateur participants are encouraged to enter. ·  Participants must be 18 years or older. Parents/guardians may submit photos taken by minors under 18. Employees and family members of the Cortez Parks and Recreation Department are not eligible to participate. ·  Photos must be taken in Cortez, CO and must be of Parks and Recreation facilities, programs or events and not contain any identifiable person(s). ·  Photos should be high quality originals, free of any filters or copyright infringements and include the right to distribute without restriction secured. ·  A maximum of 4 photos may be submitted per participant. All entries must be submitted by 4:59 p.m. on Friday, July 30, 2021. NO late entries will be accepted. ·  Digital photos must be in .jpg, .jpeg, .png or .gif format and must be a maximum of 20 MB total for all entries. ·  Participants agree that the submitted photo(s) may be used by the Cortez Department of Parks and Recreation and its agents and employees for display and use, in part or entirety, in any of its communications, publications, website and social media. ·  The Department of Parks and Recreation reserves the right to disqualify any submission that does not comply with the terms and conditions set forth. Any material deemed obscene, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate for viewing by a general audience or infringes upon any third party’s intellectual property rights will be automatically disqualified. ·  Participants agree that the Department of Parks and Recreation is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users, equipment or programming malfunction, or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of submissions to the photo contest, including but not limited to any misprints or typographical errors. ·  Participants agree to release and hold harmless the City of Cortez, its directors, officers, employees, attorneys, agents and representatives from any and all liability for any injuries, loss, claim, action, demand or damage of any kind rising from or in connection with the photo contest. ·  Judging will be conducted by a committee formed by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners: *  1st: Foursome Golf Certificate for the Conquistador Golf Course (2021) *  2nd: 20 Punch Pass to Cortez Rec Center (2021) *  3rd: One family daily pass (up to 4 persons) to Cortez Rec Center For questions, please contact the department via email: lrobinson@cityofcortez.com.

 

Effective 5/26/2021, taking of temperatures has been discontinued and masks are optional.

The Recreation Center continues to offer the following services:

Facility hours 5:30am-7pm Monday - Friday; 8am-7pm Saturday.

Indoor swimming pool/lazy river hours 5:30am-2pm Monday – Friday, 8am-2pm Saturday.

Lap lanes will be available for lap swimming, rhythmic water exercise and water safety only. Reservations are recommended and can be made by telephone or in person 72 hours in advance. Max of three people per lap lane if all 3 are from the same household. Social distancing of 6 ft. between patrons between each lane. Lazy river max of 6 persons at a time, for resistance walking only. Kids pool closed at this time.

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

Walking track is available.

Bouldering is available on the rock wall. 

Gymnasium is available for basketball and pickleball. Use of personal basketballs only. Pickleball is available 8am-3pm Monday-Friday and 8am-noon Saturday by reservation.

Racquetball court, maximum of 4 persons per court with no waiting or sharing the courts..

We offer a limited number of fitness classes. Reserve up to 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 no call no show. 9 patrons and 1 instructor in the Mesa/Canyon room. Adhere to 6 ft. social distance at all times.

Monday

5:35am - Spin

9am – SilverSneakers Classic (15 patrons)

Tuesday

9:15am – Tai Chi

9am  – Zumba

Wednesday

5:35am - Spin

9am – SilverSneakers Classic (15 patrons)

Thursday

5:35am - Spin

9:15am – Tai Chi

Friday

9am – Yoga

Locker Rooms are available.   Men’s and Women’s locker rooms open Monday – Friday 5:30am-2pm. l. Family changing rooms and upstairs/downstairs bathrooms available.

Room reservations are available.

 Still closed until subsequent tiers:

Leisure pool/kiddie pool

Child watch

What to expect when using the recreation center:

 Masks are optional in the building, on the track, in the gymnasium, in the racquetball courts and during fitness classes.

Patrons must maintain 6 ft. of social distance.

Yellow caution tape marks closed areas.

COVID-19 PARKS AND RECREATION UPDATE

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.

Sincerely,

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.