On March 28, at the American Red Cross Aquatics Recognition Event in Denver, the City of Greeley’s Culture, Parks and Recreation Department was recognized for being a Gold Level Learn to Swim provider for the state of Colorado. Accepting the reward was Recreation Supervisor, Justin Wells. The American Red Cross Regional Aquatics Specialist, Mike Stagg, who oversees the Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming region, stated “Greeley is one of the state’s highest, by volume, Learn to Swim providers.” Wells who has been with the City of Greeley for nearly 16 years, starting out as a Lifeguard with the City, has been instrumental in building the Aquatics program in Greeley to what it is today.

In 2017, Greeley provided swim lessons to 1,522 participants. An amazing feat! Wells works hard to encourage all area youth to learn how to swim. “It’s fundamentally one of the most important skills kids’ should learn to keep them safe around pools, hot tubs and natural waterways. In Colorado you can enjoy the great outdoors in so many ways and being around water is common while fishing, boating and water skiing. You want to ensure that residents are safe while enjoying these types of activities. Plus, swimming is a sport that can benefit individuals throughout their lives to improve their overall health and wellbeing.”

Wells oversees Greeley’s six municipal aquatics facilities managed by the Culture, Parks and Recreation Department: Greeley Recreation Center Pool, Family FunPlex Indoor Waterpark, Discovery Bay Waterpark, Centennial Pool, Island Grove Splash Park and Sunrise Splash Park.

Swim Lessons are offered this summer at all four of these pools. For information about swim lessons offered, check out the summer Recreation Connection pages 15-20.

Written by
Mary M. Russell, Marketing Coordinator