Health and Recreation Center features water slide, pools

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Health and Recreation Center

Pool Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Water slide hours are noon to 6 p.m. daily.

Cost: $8.50 for adults, $5 for those ages 13 to 17 and $3.50 for children and seniors. Ten rides on the water slide are $5 or five rides for $3.

For more: Call the Health and Rec Center at 879-1828.

After a brief logrolling demonstration at the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center, the center decided to add the obscure water sport to the long list of activities the center provides all year.

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Landon Wendler cools off in the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center pool.

Aquatics director Rachael Rangel said the brief, but interesting, logrolling demonstration drew dozens of people to the center's pools to watch how the sport is done. After the demonstration, the Health and Recreation Center decided logrolling was the new thing and added a few classes to the center's schedule.

"It was immensely popular," Rangel said. "We got such a good response at out first class that we had to add additional classes to accommodate everyone."

Regardless of what activity is being offered or whether people just want to take a relaxing swim, the pools at the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center are one of the most popular places in town.

"It is extremely busy, extremely popular," Rangel said.

The Health and Rec Center, near the corner of Third Street and Lincoln Avenue downtown, has three cold pools: an Olympic-size pool with lap lanes and a diving board, a shallow kiddie pool with toys and animals and a pool to accommodate a 350-foot water slide.

The center also has three hot pools ranging from 98 to 103 degrees. Each of the hot pools is fed by natural hot springs that flow from the hill located directly behind the center.

Rangel said the hot pools are not supplemented with anything other than the natural hot springs and low levels of chlorine, which entice people of all ages to relax and soak.

"I think there is some belief they have medicinal purposes. Personally, I think it's because they're hot and are fed with natural waters, not city water," she said.

While the warm pools often are used for a relaxing soak, the cold pools are used for swim team practice, swimming lessons, water aerobics and classes for kayaking and scuba diving and now logrolling.

Rangel said swimming lessons are available for people of all ages including infants, children and adults. The pool also provides a master swim program, where adults can improve their endurance and technique. The program is great for any ability swimmer who is looking to improve form and Rangel noted it is popular with people training for triathlons.

The Health and Rec Center does not teach kayak classes, but Rangel said people are welcome to bring their kayaks to practice rolling and technique. Colorado Mountain College also offers a kayak class that is held at the Health and Rec Center people can enroll in.

If rolling upside down under water in a kayak isn't your style of fun, Rangel said the Health and Rec Center is excited to bring back Flick and Float night. The popular Flick and Float night is basically movie night at the pool. Fun, family-oriented movies are shown while swimmers simply float around. Swimmers can bring their own floatation devises or use the pools' inner- tubes to watch the movie in the pool.

Rangel said those interested in Flick and Float night are encouraged to contact the Health and Rec Center for scheduling information.

The Health and Rec Center's water slide is one of the community's biggest attractions. "Our biggest draw -regardless of the season- is the slide. It's exciting," she said.

"It's a bit bigger than your normal rec slide. It's a little longer and it has more power," she said. "A lot of people like it for the thrill."

Rangel said children from 2 to 6 are required to ride the slide with an adult. Children 7-years-old or 48 inches tall are allowed to ride the slide by themselves. Children younger than 2 are not allowed to ride the slide.

Tickets for the slide must be purchased in addition to regular pool admission.

Rangel said those interested in specific classes or activity times are encouraged to call the Health and Rec Center at 879-1828.

Generally the pool is open from 5:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The water slide and pool is open from noon to 6 p.m. and the kiddie pool is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

For non-members, all-day access to the pools is $8.50 for adults, $5 for those ages 13 to 17 and $3.50 for children and seniors. Ten rides on the water slide cost $5 or five rides for $3 and general admission must be paid to use the water slide.

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