District News

October 2019
Golf • Marina • Recreation • Campgrounds • Community/Recreation Center • Aquatics Center

A message from Tom Carosello, Executive Director of the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District:
I would like to thank each and every one of you for your participation and support of the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District. I am pleased to forward this message to you:

"National Research Center, Inc. (NRC) and Polco have announced Estes Park, CO as a Finalist of the Voice of the People Award for Transformation in Recreation and Wellness. This award is only given to top performing jurisdictions that best listen and act for the benefit of their communities. Based on responses from The National Citizen SurveyTM, now The National Community SurveyTM (The NCSTM), residents in our community reported among the highest levels of improvement for this category compared with all other participating jurisdictions".
We are honored that the citizens of Estes Park feel that we listen and act for their benefit. Our mission is to provide you with quality recreational offerings that enhance your life, and it feels pretty great to have that positive feedback! I'm always open to your input; send me an e-mail at, give me a call at the Community Center: 970-586-8191 ext. 117, or on my cell: 970-382-1356. I want to hear from you!  To read the full article about the Voice of the People Award, visit and scroll down to the Featured Story.                                                                                          
Meet our Guest Services Team!

Team members from the left:

Olesya Stadnichuk, Facility Rental Coordinator: "O" grew up in Missouri (go Cards!) and has a degree in Recreation from Southeast Missouri State University. She moved to Colorado to pursue her passion for
outdoor recreation and the mountains!

John McKinnis, Fitness and Enrichment Coordinator:
John was born and raised in Danville, Virginia. He moved to Colorado when he and his wife were married in May of 2018. John holds a B.S. degree in Kinesiology and is working on his Master’s Degree in Advanced Kinesiology and Sport Administration. He is passionate about fitness and exercise and is excited to share that passion with the people of Estes Park!

Ivana Knudson, Operations Manager: Ivana is from Czechoslovakia, and was a member of the Slovak Jr. Olympic Triathalon team. She has a B.S. degree in Physical Education as well as Master's Degrees in Physical Education, Math and Business Administration. Ivana and her husband, Jason, are raising their three active sons in Jason's home town of Estes Park. She commented, "EVCC is a startup, and there is nothing more rewarding - personally and professionally - than to serve as the compass to navigate every step of its development. It is truly an honor and privilege
to play a role in the center's daily transformation".

Serena Hennig, Lead Guest Services Attendant: Serena moved to Estes Park from San Diego, CA,
when she was one year old. She attended Estes Park Public Schools from K-12th grade.
Serena and her husband are raising their daughter in the same town they grew up in!

Miguel Bernal, Lead Guest Services Attendant: Miguel was born in Victorville, California but realized he belonged in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado! After moving here in 2004. Miguel completed Middle and High School, going on to obtain an Associate's and Bachelor's degree In Political Science at Colorado State University (Go Rams!). Miguel enjoys working at EVCC because he gets to interact, engage, and become acquainted with people from the Estes Community.
Silver and Strong with John McKinnis
An intro to Olympic Weightlifting

October 7 through November 1
Mondays and Wednesdays: 11:30 a.m.—12:45 p.m. and Fridays: 11 a.m.—12:15 p.m.
$120 per lifter for 4-week,12-session series.
Registration required. Call 970-586-8191 or visit to sign up today!

Here's a link to a great article from the Team USA website with info about weightlifting over 50!

Golf Course Hours

Estes Park 18-Hole Golf Course
Now through October 31: 7:30 a.m.—6 p.m.

Lake Estes 9-Hole and Disc Golf are closed until November 1.

For more information, visit
Upcoming Day Trips

Blackhawk and Central City

Photo courtesy

Monday, October 21
$56 per person includes round-trip transportation.
Van leaves EVCC parking lot at 9 a.m. and returns at approximately 6 p.m.
Open to ages 18 and older.
Registration required; call 970-586-8191 to sign up today!


Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature Exhibit

Tuesday, November 19
$57 per person includes round-trip transportation.
Van leaves EVCC parking lot at 9 a.m. and returns at approximately 6 p.m.
Open to ages 18 and older.
Registration required; call 970-586-8191 to sign up for this popular event!

Adult Fall Basketball

Monday evenings, October 14—December 16; 7, 8 or 9 p.m.
Draft-style teams with captains.
$50 per player includes team jersey.
Registration required, call 970-586-8191 or visit to sign up today!

If you have basic knowledge of basketball rules and regulations, we will provide the additional training.
Apply online at
Click on the home tab and select employment opportunities from the drop-down menu.


Saturday, October 19 • 10:30 a.m.
EVCC Upper Fitness
$25 fee includes class + T-shirt or hat!
Registration deadline: October 9; Hurry! Party in Pink limited to 25 dancers.
Call 970-586-8191 to register today.

Adult Fall Volleyball

Sunday evenings, October 27—December 15
4, 5, 6, or 7 p.m.
$200 per team or $25 per free agent.
Registration required. Call 970-586-8191 or visit to sign up today!

Marina Hours

Boat rentals are closed for the season!
The Marina Store and Bike Rentals are open from 9 a.m.—6 p.m. through mid to late October.

For more information, visit
Ping Pong Tournament

Saturday, October 26
9 a.m.—5 p.m.
$20 per player; register before October 22 at
Registration required. Call 970-586-8191 or visit to sign up today!


We will provide all the necessary training for your certification, and are seeking all ages of lifeguards from teens to retirees.

Apply online: visit, click on the home page tab and select
"Employment Opportunities" from the drop-down menu.

Call 970-480-1308 for more info!

Please Remember to Check-In!

When visiting the Estes Valley Community Center, please remember to check-in at the front desk in the upper main lobby. Thank you, we appreciate your cooperation!

For more information about the recreation center, visit
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