Affordable activities exist in the valley
EAGLE COUNTY ” In the summer, although she can barely afford it, Lisa Kosak’s children get to play golf thanks to a youth program at the Eagle Ranch golf course.
“My kids also do a lot of sports thanks to WECMRD,” said Kosak, who lives in Eagle with her 10- and 14-year-old boys. WECMRD is the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District, one of the recreation agencies in the valley that runs sports programs and other activities at a lower price.
“There are many community recreation offers in the valley,” said Diane Johnson, youth services supervisor for the Vail Recreation District. “We all offer things at a good, competitive price for local families.”
The Vail Recreation District, for example, has golf, tennis, soccer lessons and sports camps. This summer, the recreation district is running a one-day baseball camp for $130 and five-day lacrosse and soccer camps for $160.
“I don’t think it’s expensive to have fun in the valley, but I think a lot of people’s budgets are tight,” Johnson said.
Johnson’s agency also runs Camp Vail in the summer, where kids have 10 hours of activities for $35 a day. “We also help to buy ski passes for some children in the winter,” she said.
Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District ” with programs available for residents from Edwards to Dotsero, as well as Bond and McCoy ” also runs different sports camps for children. A season of baseball or soccer is $40, and that includes coaching, practice and games. Eight weeks of gymnastics cost $85, and the team fee for adult basketball is $200 for the season.
In Eagle, the Eagle Ranch golf course runs a junior golf program Tuesday mornings all summer long. Eight lessons, with one hour of instruction, are $30. The program is open to all children ages 6 through 18.
The public golf course also offers discounted greens fees for local adults, said Jeff Boyer, Eagle Ranch’s golf pro.
“Sometimes I hear people say they only play golf on the Front Range or in Grand Junction,” Boyer said. “And we have a great golf course designed by Arnold Palmer and it’s definitely affordable. Our resident rates are comparable to courses of the same caliber in the Front Range or Grand Junction.”
The least expensive twilight rate is $30 for Eagle residents after 4 p.m. in the off season. Eagle County residents pay $35. In high season, the twilight costs $45 for county residents and $35 for Eagle residents.