The Western Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District is one of the most expansive districts in Rangely, currently encompassing approximately 1,275 square miles in the western half of the Rio Blanco County. The Recreation District offers a wide variety of amenities and activities from parks, camp-sites, trails, as well as a fully equipped Recreation Center.
The main building and center of operations for the Recreation District is located at 611 Stanolind South Avenue and encompasses 25,867 sq. ft. In addition to the administrative offices the building offers a game room, fully equipped weight room, cardio room, two racquetball courts, swimming pool with both a baby pool and a large pool with an adjoining large water slide. The facility also boasts outdoor lighted tennis, basketball courts, and both a summer and winter skating rink, a dance room, and a rentable multi-purpose room.
The main building was remodeled between 2008 and 2009 when the District added a modern playground at Elks Park playground, replaced the swimming pool, added a water slide in place of the high dive, a multipurpose room and new cardio and weight rooms with up to date equipment.
Over the years, the Recreation District has expanded its activities to include Septemberfest, a spectacular 4th of July fireworks show over Kenney Reservoir, Christmasfest, and many park events throughout the year. They also own, operate and maintain Elks Park - which includes the Kevin Poole baseball fields, Cedar Ridge Golf Course, a riverside Camper Park and Main Street's Hefley Park. They also organize a Summer Concert Series and out of town trips for adults, children and families, from hiking surrounding areas like Rifle Falls or Hanging Lake, to taking the kids out for a day at Spin City in Grand Junction. Fun local activities such as Bob Ross painting classes, Ladies Craft Night, Glow-in-Dark Pool Parties, an Easter Egg Hunt in the Pool, Kids Nights Out, Inflatables in the Park, Night Games for the children and various other activities offer this small town a host of fun activities for children and adults alike.
Rangely citizens and visitors have access to a multitude of classes for every fitness level from Aqua Aerobics, Yoga, Spin and Zumba and more. For the kids there are a variety of swimming programs and other activities to help your child burn off energy while engaging is activities that build confidence and promote healthy levels of activity. They run several teams activities as well, including swim team, volleyball, flag football, basketball, T-ball, baseball and softball for children, as well as volleyball, flag football, and softball for adults.
Hunters from all over the country, as well as regional sportsmen, utilize the camper park, which opened to the public in 1978. One outstanding perk the Camper Park offers that the facilities are open as late as possible in the fall- keeping them open for much of the hunting season allowing hunters and campers to indulge in a hot shower after a long day outdoors at both Camper Park and the Recreation Center’s building.
During summer the Recreation District employs an average of 50 people and approximately 25 during the winter. The Recreation District is managed by an Executive Director and governed by five board members elected by the Rangely community.