Salida Recreation Update

The Salida Recreation Department is a small department with big dreams. Our dreams include expanding our recreational opportunities, classes and events, and delivering hotter water from the source in Poncha Springs. We have made many improvements to the Aquatics Center in the past year, and we hope to see some old regulars return.

Since starting as Salida’s new Recreation Manager, I have listened and tried to make thoughtful changes and upgrades to the Aquatic Center and the Recreation Program. If you have a comment or question, I invite you call me at 539-6738 or email me at

There is a new comment box in the lobby of the Aquatic Center. Comments will be reviewed, and someone will get back to you.

Many people I meet in the community haven’t returned to the pool since the locker rooms were remodeled. If you are part of that group, please come back – we miss you. The locker rooms look fabulous, and the staff is doing a great job of maintaining them.

Swimming is such a fantastic way to exercise, and the water is a temperate 97 degrees in the leisure pool. The lap pool is 85 degrees. We offer exercise classes, including Aquasize, Arthritis Exercise and Cardio Splash. There is lap swimming almost every day of the week. Please check for days and times of classes and lap swimming. We offer swim lessons for non-swimmers and stroke clinics for those wanting to perfect their strokes. 

If you don’t feel like getting into the water, try Tai Chi, NIA Dance, Group Strength Training or Kickboxing. You’re also welcome to ride with us on the ski bus to Monarch or come snowshoeing in the National Forest. If your new puppy needs to learn some manners or you have an older dog that could use some obedience, we can fix you up with that as well. How about learning to mountain bike? Come along with the Recreation Department to learn the basics of riding and bicycle maintenance, and make new friends on group rides.

Over the years, the Salida Recreation Department has developed many valued community partners including Exer-Flex Health and Fitness, Absolute Bikes, the Boys and Girls Club, Salida Regional Library, Salida Mountain Trails, SPOT, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Wilderness Expeditions, Monarch Ski Area and others. We could not provide many popular programs without these exceptional partners. We thank them for their years of assistance and participation.

The summer recreation guide is sure to please the community with tried-and-true programs and many new offerings. We are proud to be the home of the Salida Spartans and the Salida Cyclones, our local swim clubs that are becoming teams to watch as their numbers grow and times get faster.

Daily comments on the status of the hot baths do not go unnoticed. Unfortunately, the hot baths are in such disrepair that they will likely never reopen. However, we do have a plan to create outdoor hot pools that will rival other soaking pools in the county. These pools will not be private but larger than the hot baths with temperatures ranging from 100 to 104 degrees. This plan is contingent on the successful completion of the hot water line project and budget constraints.