Rec District and Friends Committee to Add 65+ Programs If Measure Passes
by Kati O'Hare
Mar 30, 2012 | 1731 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MONTROSE – One of the biggest concerns that supporters of a new community recreation center in Montrose are hearing is of the proposed fee increases and costs that would burden fixed-income seniors, Lori Sharp said, a member of Friends of the Montrose Community Recreation Center.

“We felt it was important to address that concern,” she said.

During a Rally For Recreation event in downtown Montrose on Tuesday, the Friends organization and the Montrose Recreation District Board announced that both are committed to a solution that, if the new center is built, would not only provide more programing for seniors, but possibly free memberships.

MRD said they would become a Silver Sneakers and Silver And Fit facility if Measure A is approved by voters in April.

Measure A asks for a temporary city sales tax increase of 0.2 percent (two cents for every $10 spent) that would fund a new recreation center. The tax would sunset after $11.7 million is collected, which would be approximately 10 to 14 years from approval. Voters will get a chance to decide by returning their mail-in ballots by 7 p.m. on April 3.

Silver Sneakers and Silver And Fit are seen as good health programs by many insurance companies and, therefore, membership to approved facilities may be covered by a senior's health plan. Insurance companies that cover these programs include AARP and Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shied, as well as Rocky Mountain Health Plans and others.

According the MRD, if the rec center is passed by voters, there would be 60 new or enhanced programs for senior visitors, and the programs will compliment the 25 programs that will continue to be available at the Pavilion Senior Center.

The recreation district is hosting a round table meeting on March 6 at 12:45 p.m. at the Pavilion Senior Center, 1800 Pavilion Drive. At this meeting, MRD hopes to hear feedback on the proposed programming.

kohare@watchnewspapers.com

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