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A Day in the Life – Recreation Manager – Gina DiStefano

I’ve been part of the Arapahoe Springs team for almost 6 months now as the Recreation Manager. Since joining the team, I have added several recreation activities, as well as continued some Gaylord Rockies staples.

I’ve been part of the Arapahoe Springs team for almost 6 months now as the Recreation Manager. Since joining the team, I have added several recreation activities, as well as continued some Gaylord Rockies staples. We kick off every Saturday morning with the Lucky Duck Race, which was implemented in the summer of 2022 and is a huge crowd-pleaser! Guests at the water park get to pick out a rubber duck that is then dumped into the Lazy River off the top of the cave, and the ducks “race” around until a staff volunteer plucks first, second, and third place from inside the river.

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The Lucky Duck Race is typically followed by bingo, trivia, scavenger hunts, slide races, jumbo bowling, football toss, and free throw competitions! In the summer, we also do icebreaker challenges, water balloon fights, and mini golf competitions. Next summer, the plan is to offer Kids Kamp and Junior Lifeguard Camp, as well as bigger and better daily activities.

For the holidays, I’ve started new traditions. On Halloween weekend, we had our 1st Annual Spook Fest, which got snowed out and had to be moved to the convention center but was still a success! We offered pumpkin painting, candy corn ring toss, bobbing for ducks, pumpkin bowling, face painting, pin-the-eye-on-the-zombie, and trick-or-treating. All of the Recreation Hosts and Attendants dressed in their best blood-sucking attire! How cool is that?!

For the weeks leading up to Christmas, we offered cookie decorating, ornament making, Santa suit relay races across the pool, and letters to Santa, which our lovely “elves” responded to, and hotel security dropped off to rooms overnight. For New Year’s Eve, we hosted a ball drop and champagne toast (in plastic of course). Amanda, our Operations Manager, created a giant light-up ball and pulley system that we lowered down from the slide stairs. 200+ hotel guests came to see the ball drop at 10 pm, while Liv, one of our Recreation Hosts-turned-Supervisor, hyped up the crowd. It was a huge success and everyone in the pool loved the 500 beach balls that we dumped in while we counted down the new year.

While much of the time my job is a lot, busy, and demanding, it is also fun and rewarding, and I cannot wait for all of the programs I’m planning for the 2024 summer!

By: Gina DiStefano

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