Fall and winter recreation fun

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 Ronald Hopp


Happy holidays from the Foothills Park & Recreation District! As your community organization providing park and recreational opportunities, Foothills creates activities and events that fulfill current trends or requests from community members. The services we provide are affordable, accessible to everyone and in most cases in your own backyard. 

During the holidays, we put together a lot of special events with all ages in mind. Examples include:

• Nov. 21: Thanksgiving Eve Skate at Edge Ice Arena

• Nov. 22: $3 entry on Thanksgiving Day at Ridge Recreation Center

Nov. 23: Take off the Turkey fitness class at Ridge Recreation Center

• Nov. 30 through Dec. 1: Holiday Pottery Sale at Ridge Recreation Center

• Dec. 6 and 23: Skate with Santa at Edge Ice Arena

• Dec. 24 through Jan. 8: Winter Break Camps for kids

• Dec. 26 through 28: Climbing Wall Boot Camp

• January 2013: Fitness Frenzy — get to know our fitness classes by sampling free offerings. Dates, times and classes will be announced.

These are just some of the varied events and activities we have going from November through January. To view a full listing of events, visit www.ifoothills.org/events and check back often, as the events listing is updated often. 

Fitness values

Come indoors for one of our best values: $3 Thursdays. Every Thursday, you and your family can enjoy The Ridge Recreation Center, Peak Community & Wellness Center and Lilley Gulch Recreation Center for only $3 per person. That’s right — just $3 general admission to take advantage of our swimming pools, workout facilities, racquetball and gymnasiums (not valid for drop-in gymnastics or fitness classes). These are great ways to keep your family active and get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions without a huge impact on your wallet. 

We’ll also be offering the same $3 general admission on the  Jefferson County School District’s early-release days (for grades K-8) for the 2012-13 school-year calendar. Anyone can take advantage of this special. Those dates are Dec. 5, Jan. 30, Feb. 27, March 22, April 24 and May 15. Keep up to date with our specials and discounts by visiting  www.ifoothills.org/offers.


On those really chilly days, take in a game of Pickleball. It’s one of our newer drop-in offerings, and it’s a physical activity for all ages. Pickleball is one of the most popular and fastest growing sports in the U.S. This easy-to-learn game is similar to tennis but with small paddles, a wiffle ball and a badminton-size court.

Don’t let the funny name fool you, Pickleball is a recreational game providing extraordinary physical fitness benefits. Pickleball drop-in times are offered at both Ridge Recreation Center and Lilley Gulch Recreation Center. For more information, visit www
.ifoothills.org or call 303-409-2337.

While at one of our facilities, please take the time to inquire about other economical programs and services. Lots of fun and reasonably priced activities are available year round for all ages. Foothills offers programs in the areas of golf, swimming, sports, art, dance, drama, fitness, preschool, all-day child care, gymnastics, hockey, ice skating, music and much more. 

The Sledding Hill at the northwest corner of Kipling and Ken Caryl provides wonderful fun for kids and families during the winter season — and, best yet, it’s free! Don’t forget to use the parking lot accessible off southbound Kipling. On warmer days, our parks and trails provide a free opportunity to enjoy wildlife, scenery of the foothills and an inspiring workout environment.

Lastly, the district would like to thank the community for your support of our many quality programs and facilities.  All of our employees are proud of the offerings that we have and are here to serve each and every one of you.  Have a great holiday season!   


Ronald Hopp is the executive director of the Foothills Park & Recreation District. Founded in 1959, the district serves a community of 90,000 residents in a 28-square-mile area of unincorporated Jefferson County. Generally bounded by Hampden Avenue south to C-470 and from Sheridan Boulevard west to the Hogback. For more information, visit www.ifoothills.org ,or call 303-409-2100.