Aspen Parks and Recreation News

Editor’s note: The following is Aspen Parks and Recreation news for the week of April 4.


Aspen Gran Fondo, June 11 — Lance Armstrong and others will lead a 50-mile ride starting and finishing in Aspen. Riders will trek through Snowmass, Woody Creek, Old Snowmass and back to Aspen for the final stretch. This supported ride features the Watson Divide (2 miles of steep uphill and downhill gravel terrain) and will have a total ascent of more than 4,000 feet. A beer garden will be at the post-race finish. Learn more or register at http://www.granfondo​


Fitness classes

The ARC will hold new fitness classes on Mondays and Wednesdays this month. Classes include cardio core ball, booty barre fusion, and guts, butts and thighs. To learn more, visit

Disabled veterans

This week the ARC will host the Disabled Veterans Group for kayaking. The lap pool will be closed to the public from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. this week to accommodate the veterans, who also will be using the ice facilities for sled hockey and curling during those times.

Summer camps

The Aspen Recreation Department will host youth camps during summer break. All camps are state-licensed programs designed for youth 5 to 11 years old (5-year-olds must be attending kindergarten).

Birthday party rentals

The ARC and Red Brick are available for birthday parties. That includes the climbing walls, swimming pool and ice-skating rink.

Youth wrestling

The Roaring Fork Wrestling Club is a youth wrestling program open to children 5 to 12 in the Roaring Fork Valley. All skill levels are welcome.

The current session, which costs $220, runs from April 2 to 30 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Times are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Enroll at

Swimming lessons

May group swimming lessons will be held for children ages 6 months and older. Lessons are from May 7 to 28; registration deadline is April 30. Private lessons also are available.

Financial aid

Applications for youth to attend city of Aspen recreation programs are due by May 1.

Visit for more information.

Fun Passes

A Fun Pass gets you access to the Aspen Recreation Center and the Red Brick Recreation Center. Annual Fun Passes are less than $550 a year. Visit ​www.aspen ​ to learn more.

The Aspen Recreation Center is a full-service fitness and recreation facility with activities for the whole family, including an indoor children’s pool, a lap pool, a lazy river, a water slide, an ice-skating rink, a climbing tower, tennis courts and more.

There are more than 40 fitness classes per week combined at both facilities (during high season) ranging from BodyPump to yoga and trapeze classes. The Red Brick offers fitness classes, a climbing wall and activities for children.

For more information or to enroll in classes or activities, visit