Breckenridge Recreation Center opens doors for summer season |

Breckenridge Recreation Center opens doors for summer season

A young climber reaches for a hold on the climbing wall at the Breckenridge Recreation Center. Before summer, experts recommend strength, cardio and sport training in the controlled environment of a gym.
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Summer is nearly here and for the Breckenridge Recreation Center, it’s one of the busiest times of the year. On Thursday, the center held an open house to show off their facility and summer programs. Admission was free, which helped draw a large turnout from the public.

“Because it’s offseason it’s a good time to reach out and thank everyone in the community for a great winter,” said rec center marketing and administrative coordinator Annete Kubek. “We especially like to get people in from outside the area.”

Only 30 percent of the rec center’s members are non-Breckenridge residents. Center officials say that getting more nonresidents to know about their facility is an important part of their growth.

One nonresident who stopped by was Mary Saindon. Saindon and her son decided to check out the open house while they were up visiting from Denver.

Saindon said she was impressed with the facility and would consider returning in the future.

“We’ve been having a blast, my son has gone swimming, and he’s been climbing in the bouncy gym for the last couple of hours; he’ll sleep well tonight,” Saindon said as her son leapfrogged an inflatable pillar.

The enormous 20-by-20 inflatable playground provided hours of entertainment for the kids, and almost as much enjoyment for the parents watching.

Guests were also given the opportunity to earn prizes in a Spin-to-Win contest that was held throughout the day. Prizes included admissions to the rec center, Stephen C. Ice Arena, Putt and Play Junction, and three Triple Play passes.

The Triple Play pass is a summer membership that is $130 for adults and $45 for kids under the age of 18.

There are also a wide variety of camps and summer-oriented courses that the center is offering. Certain camps even have a particular focus like mountain biking and skateboarding.

Adult classes like fitness, climbing and tennis exist as well. Many of these allow a wide variety of ages, which makes it possible for the whole family to participate together.

Thursday’s beautiful weather certainly didn’t hurt the rec center’s cause and by midafternoon, more people had already walked through the turnstiles than the previous two open houses. Over a thousand people came in over the course of the day.

“We wanted to get people in to visit and to show them what we have to offer, and today was absolutely a success,” said Kubek.

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