The pandemic has affected most everything in everyday life including availability of the parks and recreation system. The state entered a Safer at Home phase on Monday and Mesa County was granted an exemption to the guidelines on the morning of Wednesday, April 29. As a result, the City of Grand Junction is re-opening ballcourts, including pickleball, handball, basketball and tennis. Thankfully, a lower rate of infection in Mesa County has contributed to the reopening of these facilities.
The Safer at Home order references specifically the ability to open ballcourts. This is for drop-in use only, and organized use such as team sport practices and games are not allowed at this time. Social distancing protocols must also be adhered to at all times. Players must stay at least 6 feet away from all other players at all times and facility users must limit gatherings to no more than 10 people. If these guidelines are not met, the Department may close ballcourt facilities once again. Users exhibiting any flu-like symptoms are not permitted to use these facilities and need to stay at home.
The status of the ballcourt facilities is the only change in service for the Parks & Recreation Department at this time. Playgrounds, shelters, recreation programs and all indoor facilities such as the Senior Center and the Orchard Mesa Pool remain closed. Golf, open space, trailheads and trails remain open. If residents choose to recreate in our parks system that includes 36 developed parks, over 930 acres of open space and over 20 miles of trails, the City requests that they please do so close to home.
For more information on Parks & Recreation, please visit our website.
Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager 970-244-1557 or firstname.lastname@example.org