The City of Grand Junction is excited to announce the completion of several new facility elements to Las Colonias Park! As the summer season approaches, these features will become available for the community to use. These features include:
- The River Park at Las Colonias – The River Park at Las Colonias is open to the public. Construction of the new River Park has concluded, and the park is now open. The project features a lengthy and accessible lazy river, two standing wave water features, and beach and wading areas. These amenities are accessible to a wide range of ages, ability and experience levels. Over $600,000 in grant dollars were secured to enable this project, which is about half of the project cost. This includes funding from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the Colorado Basin Roundtable, One Riverfront and Colorado Mesa University. The City also enjoyed partnership on this project with Bonsai Designs, Army Corps of Engineers and the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
- Restroom/Shelter/Concessions Building – Located on the east end of Las Colonias Park and south of the butterfly pond and nearest to the boat ramp, the restroom/shelter/concession building has opened for use. This building will support many activities at Las Colonias including the rental of river equipment. The City widely circulated a Request for Proposal (RFP) to collect proposals to forge another public-private partnership at the Las Colonias Business Park. Stand-Up Paddle Grand Junction (SUP GJ) was selected as the winning bidder. SUP GJ has a very similar relationship with Colorado Parks and Wildlife at Highline State Park. They are estimated to be operational and actively renting river equipment by the Memorial Day weekend.
- Landscaping Work Continues – The City of Grand Junction asks that the public respect any area that has been newly landscaped and newly seeded. Temporary signs in these sensitive areas have been installed. In two of the three dog park areas, staff installed 40,000 Dog Tuff Plugs this week. This grass will be significantly more resistant to the major wear and tear experienced at dog parks. These two sections of the dog park will be closed until next season so this grass can establish.
As the community enjoys these new amenities, please remember that social distancing measures must still be observed, and group sizes needs to be kept within the allowable limit.
Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager 970-244-1557 or firstname.lastname@example.org