Parks & Recreation Services Update

Following the start of Phase II of Safer at Home Mesa County, the City of Grand Junction is moving to open more parks and recreation facilities. Much of the City’s parks and recreation system has been able to remain open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The system includes over 900 acres of open space, over 20 miles of trails and 36 developed parks. This has been important for the health of our community.

As more parks and recreation facilities reopen, the City requests that users continue to practice proper social distancing, wash or sanitize hands frequently, wear masks, and to not gather in groups greater than 50. This is consistent with the City’s philosophy of applying a gradual, cautious approach to reopening facilities so that we can best serve the community while reducing the spread of the virus.

Parks & Recreation service updates are listed below:

  • Court facilities, including pickleball, tennis and basketball reopened on April 29.
  • Playgrounds reopened throughout the community on May 28th. The City provides 25 playgrounds across our system of 36 developed parks.
  • Drinking fountains will reopen the week of June 1. Restroom facilities and hand washing stations have remained open since mid-March.
  • Contracted programs and facility rentals that are limited to 50 people (including participants and spectators) per field may resume June 6 for practices, lessons and skills clinics. Examples include a multi-purpose field (soccer, lacrosse or football), a four-court tennis court and each softball field. Use of fields is limited to local teams only and youth sport games and tournaments are still not allowed.
  • Summer Camp programs will begin June 15th and will run through the summer season. This program will apply new safety procedures, which includes frequent sanitation, smaller group sizes and minimizing interactions beyond small groups.
  • The Lincoln Park Pool is scheduled to open for the summer on Friday, July 3. Like summer camps, capacity will be limited at first and additional safety procedures will be applied. Swim lessons will not be available at this time.
  • The Softball Program will begin on Monday, July 6 with modified rules to limit congregation and contact.
  • The 4th of July Fireworks Show and Senior Games are cancelled.
  • Lincoln Park Stadium, Orchard Mesa Pool, Senior Center, and park shelters remain closed.

To register for camps or to request more information, please go to gjparksandrec.org or call (970) 254-3866. Residents may also visit the Parks & Recreation office located at 1340 Gunnison Avenue. Parks & Recreation administrative office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday the week of June 1 from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. (closed noon-1:00 P.M.), and Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. (closed noon-1:00 P.M.) starting June 8.


Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager 970-244-1557 or gregoryl@gjcity.org

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