September 17, 2007

Montrose keeps its residents busy year-round

By Jenni Sebora

There is something for everyone in the City of Montrose. This is evident through the various organizations, groups, and the city staff and council that work to provide activities for the youth through the senior citizens.

The Montrose Booster Club, parks and recreation commission, and a new senior citizens group are among those organizations.

The Montrose Youth Booster Club, formed about five years ago, is a non-profit group aimed at organizing and providing events and programs for the youth in the community.

The club took over the summer youth ball program, but wanted to do more than that for the youth, current club treasurer Doreen Outly noted.

It seems it is meeting that goal. All year long, the club sponsors various events and activities.

At Halloween time, it has sponsored a teen dance at school, and in December it hosts its annual shopping with Santa event.

This holiday event allows children to purchase gifts for others at inexpensive prices. The city royalty help with this event also.

The Booster Club encourages family participation and family fun in the varied activities they sponsor, Outly noted.

The Valentine dance, held typically the Friday before Valentine’s Day, is open to children of all ages and their families, Outly noted.

On the Saturday before Easter, the annual Easter egg hunt occurs and is sponsored by the Booster Club with help from the Lionesses.

In May, children can participate in the annual bike rodeo which teaches kids about bike safety, Outly noted. A drawing for bicycle-related items is also part of this event.

Of course, summertime brings the summer youth recreation program. The Booster Club operates a concession stand during the summer to help fund the youth events. During Montrose Days in August, the club sponsors activities for youth also.

The Montrose Booster Club meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Citizen’s State Bank in the community room.

The club is always looking for interested people to be a part of the Boosters. Current officers are: President Keith Roseen, Secretary Angela Peterson, and Treasurer Doreen Outly.

Just as the Booster Club is comprised of volunteers who are interested in providing activities for the youth of the community, so is the parks and recreation commission in Montrose.

The main focus of the commission is the upkeep and development of parks in the community.

City council parks and recreation commission liaison Andy Kauffman noted that the commission really tries to strike a balance regarding what features each park offers.

A lot of what each park is comprised of is determined by the park’s neighborhood demographics and amount of land available, Kauffman noted.

Picnic shelters, playground equipment, tot-lots, horseshoe pits, tennis courts, ball fields, soccer fields, skateboarding ramps and rails, as wells as green space and wetlands, are among the features collectively offered at the various parks in Montrose.

These parks include, Lent Park, which is meant to cater to the skateboard enthusiasts; Lions Park, the usual site for Montrose Days; Northridge Parks, which consists of two parks in the initial stages of development; Veteran’s Memorial Park, which includes a wide variety of elaborate playground equipment, open grass areas, picnic shelter, tennis and basketball courts.

Rock Brook Park is a new park on the north side of town.

Rolling Meadows Park has plans for a soccer field, ball field, tot-lot and trails and is anticipated to be the largest park in Montrose, the city’s web site, www.montrose-mn.com noted.

Thorson Park, Parkview Parks and Pheasant Hills Park, which are located in their respective residential developments, are currently undeveloped.

Various trails and sidewalks exist throughout the city as well. Trails connect the elementary school, the city’s various parks, commercial areas and neighboring city, Waverly.

Outly, who is also on the parks and recreation commission, noted the goal of the commission is to provide more areas for things to happen.

To provide a forum for senior citizens to get together and to get out and do things is the mission of the ‘new’ senior citizen’s group in Montrose.

March 13 was its first meeting. The group meets every Wednesday at the Community Center in Montrose to socialize, play cards, bingo, and just get together, organizer Sylvia Brown noted.

We want “to get people to get out and do things. So many senior citizens do not get out,” Brown said.

Although in the busier months the club serves a lunch, Brown even has a goal of having lunch provided every day for the senior citizens at the Community Center.

And Brown says the group is open to senior citizens from neighboring communities too.

Brown added that the city has really supported the formation of the senior citizen’s group.

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