ERBM 40th anniversary, Circle Park reopening

MEEKER | As we all move forward toward embracing a new year in 2021, we hope you will celebrate with us at ERBM Recreation and Park District as we jump into our 40th year of service to the residents and visitors of eastern Rio Blanco County! Founded in 1981, Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan (ERBM) Recreation and Park District was created to provide year-round recreational, cultural, and outdoor experiences for those who reside and visit the Meeker area. Throughout the years, the district has grown from a one-room office to a robust park and recreation system with comprehensive amenities, programs and activities that improve our local quality of life.

Drawings of future rec district activities were part of an ad campaign urging voters to approve the creation of the special district in 1981. The measure passed with 60% approval.

Throughout 2021, ERBM team members will be celebrating the 40th year with activities, prize drawings, and more at the Meeker Recreation Center (MRC) and in the Meeker community at special events. The year kicks off with MRC’s annual 50% blitz membership sale, Jan. 2-15 (40th person to sign up will receive a free annual membership!). See ad on PAGE 2A for details. Each season will bring new 40th anniversary activities, such as special 40th themed events, prizes to the 40th visitor at MRC during specific days, staff and patron videos, giveaways, and much more. Details will be listed in each of the four Line-Ups in 2021 as they are published, which can be found online at or by visiting MRC.

ERBM’s Board of Directors and team members wish to thank the Meeker community, past board members, and other partners they have worked with over years for making the last 40 years exceptional. Here’s to many more years serving all who seek out recreational activities in the eastern portion of Rio Blanco County!

Circle Park Reopening

Also coming in 2021 is the reopening of Circle Park and new fishing pond addition. After many years of planning and partnership building the one-acre youth fishing pond at Circle Park has been successfully constructed. This amenity will greatly enhance local public fishing access, youth fishing events and includes a great pedestrian/bike connection to the Meeker Cemetery overlook trail. Final construction close out will take place in early 2021 with pavilion construction and fishing pier installation. Mark your calendars for the official Grand Opening / Kid’s Fishing Derby event scheduled for June 5, 2021, in partnership with CPW. 

Circle Park will be formally reopened for public access this winter. Please be aware of the inherent risks associated with both winter and summer water activities at this site. The pond is not constructed or maintained to accommodate any activity in the water, or on the winter ice formation. Any public use on the pond is strongly discouraged and will be at your own risk. Specific signage designating rules and regulations are posted throughout the park.

Happy New Year and thanks for your ongoing support of ERBM and the many programs and services we all enjoy together in this great community!

Special to The Herald Times

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