Parks and Recreation Prepares for a Busy Girls Youth Basketball Season

Grand Junction Parks and Recreation is gearing up for another busy Fall Youth Youth Bball PostBasketball season, which is set to begin October 19th. This Recreation Basketball league focuses on basic fundamentals, sportsmanship, and teamwork.

Youth basketball is offered every fall for girls 2nd – 6th grade, which runs simultaneously alongside our 1st grade co-ed league. With a few weeks of registration left, the program numbers are continuing to rise, and 370 players are currently expected to take the courts November 2nd.

For over a decade, Grand Junction Parks and Recreation has partnered with Fruita Parks and Recreation offering an interleague program designed to provide recreational and participatory basketball activities that promote a healthy desire for competition without the need to travel too far outside the valley.

“Collaborating with the Fruita program increases the number of teams at each grade level, thus offering players more exposure to a variety of on the court experiences, which ultimately helps develop the player as a whole,” says Recreation Coordinator, Tina Ross.

According to a poll from the National Alliance for Youth Sports, around 70 percent of children in the United States are leaving sports by their 13th birthday. The biggest reason given: “it’s just not fun anymore.”

“We strive to create an environment that players look forward to being a part of,” said Ross. “Players join knowing that they will be with friends, they will have fun, that it will be safe to make mistakes and learn from them, and most of all, they will learn to respect themselves, others, and benefits that come from continued participation in team sports.”

There is often a cost to competition and not every child is willing to pay it. Our program is designed for players of all skill levels with each participant being given equal playing time regardless of ability. Both Grand Junction and Fruita Parks and Recreation strive to provide a program for boys and girls in the appropriate grades to learn, play, and improve their skills both on and off the courts.

For more information, please contact:

Primary: Tina Ross, Recreation Coordinator   970-254-3805   tinar@gjcity.org
Secondary: Callie Berkson, Marketing   970-254-3867   callieb@gjcity.org

Parks and Recreation Continues to See High Rates of Visitation at Canyon View Park

Amid the fall weather, Canyon View Park is seeing numerous sporting events, private DCIM100MEDIADJI_0038.JPGevents, and foot traffic, especially during the weekends.

It was estimated that roughly over 1,600 athletes and 4,200 spectators participated in events at the park this last weekend. Those events included Baseball Leagues, High School Soccer, High School Softball, High School Tennis, Youth Football and Youth Soccer, as well as activity at the playground, shelters, and the dog park.  Similar numbers are expected this weekend.

 “The constant use from sun up to sun down at the park is great to see, and highly encouraged. It can be a challenge to keep up with it all, but we have a hard-working team and a lot of community support,” said Parks Supervisor, Marc Mancuso.

Canyon View Park is a regionally known park destination and sees the largest amount of traffic of all local parks in the Grand Valley due to optimal weather this time of year and provided park amenities.

“The park is extremely well utilized throughout the entire year, but the fall presents a little higher foot traffic than other seasons,” says Mancuso. “The department is encouraged when we see a lot of people and families out in our community’s parks.”

With that said, the extremely high rate of utilization can lead to some congestion. With hundreds of thousands of visits per year, and several more weekends that will see increased foot traffic this fall, the Parks and Recreation staff are offering tips to people with plans to visit Canyon View Park:

  • Know the parking lot fills early in the day, so plan ahead and be willing to park a little farther away. Hunting for the closest spot will likely lead to frustration. Please drive 10 mph or less in the parking lot.
  • Please carpool or bike when possible.
  • In the fall, visitation is higher on the weekends than weekdays due to sporting events. Please exercise patience when arriving and leaving.
  • Use extra caution when driving around or near the playground and dog park.
  • Expect traffic delays along G Road and 24 Road. Coming in on the parks east entrance off of 24 1/2 Road is a way to reduce these delays.

With close to 40 parks and over 420 acres of park land, there is a lot of opportunity for outdoor recreation within the city limits for residents and visitors alike. Parks and Recreation staff continues to encourage the community to get out and enjoy the wonderful parks system here in the valley.


For more information, please contact:
Marc Mancuso, Parks Supervisor   970-254-3850, marcm@gjcity.org
Ken Sherbenou, Parks and Recreation Director   720-272-4564, kensh@gjcity.org

Secondary Contact: 
Callie Berkson, Marketing 
 970-254-3867, callieb@gjcity.org

Private Art Studios Open Doors to the Public Second Year in a Row

It happens only once a year! The City of Grand Junction Commission on Arts andOpen Studios Culture, Palisade Art Vision, and Western Colorado Center for the Arts is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Grand Valley Open Studios Tour, October 11-13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Twenty-five Grand Valley artists are opening the doors of their private art studios for public viewing for three special days this autumn. From the large purpose-built studio, to the small adaptive work space, each artist studio is a unique world where they spend hours, months, and years working to create art that only takes seconds to view.

This idea became a reality last year with 20 artists and one weekend. After an extremely successful and engaging first year, the event committee expanded the tour to three days and 25 artists. Not only was it a beneficial experience for the public, but the event proved to be a unique opportunity for local artists to meet each other and learn about what the tour had to offer. Prior to the public tour, artists visited each other’s studios for a meet and greet, enabling them to familiarize with other local artists on the tour and the type of artwork that would be represented.

“We are extraordinarily fortunate in the Grand Valley to have such an active and vibrant arts community,” said Lee Borden, Executive Director for The Art Center. “The Open Studios tour is a rare chance, maybe a once in a lifetime chance, to be invited into the private studio of some of our favorite artists. For many artists, the studio, the space where she or he creates their art, is almost sacrosanct. For an artist to invite us into their studio is an opportunity too exciting to miss!”

The public is encouraged to come discover the hidden nooks and amazing views of the Grand Valley through the lens of this year’s twenty-five artists that live, work, and play in Western Colorado.

“The Art Commission is focused on helping to establish the Grand Valley as an arts destination,” states Lorie Gregor, staff liaison to the Art Commission. “The Grand Valley Open Studios Tour is precisely the type of event that creates a unique art buying destination weekend. We invite the public to come expand their knowledge and appreciation of our valley’s amazingly talented and generous art community.”

A sneak peak of these artists’ work will be held at the CARnival of Art, Saturday, September 28 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Grand Junction Subaru and Volkswagen dealership. This pop-up gallery is a chance for the public to meet our local artists and purchase a piece prior to the Open Studios Tour.

For more information on this event, visit www.gjartcenter.org/wp/openstudiostour


Contact: Lorie Gregor, Staff Liaison to the Art Commission
970-254-3876    lorieg@gjcity.org

5th Annual Take Part in Art Expo this Weekend

Be where the creative community comes together at the 5th Annual Take Part in Art Expo and explore the Grand Valley’s diverse arts and cultural scene.

The expo is free to the public and takes place this Saturday, June 22, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., at the Lincoln Park Barn. The event is perfect for kids of all ages to play and interact with various types of art, music, theatre, and dance.

Discover your creative side and learn how to get involved with our community’s broad range of arts and cultural organizations. At the event, grab your “Passport to Fun” and have a chance to win arts-related prizes. There will be performances, demonstrations, information, and hands-on activities.

The performance schedule is as follows:
9:00 a.m. – Grand Junction Senior Theatre
9:30 a.m. – Shining Stars Music Academy
10:00 a.m. – The Theatre Project
10:30 a.m. – Operation Revamp/Veterans Art Center
11:00 a.m. – Creative Avenues & Revolution Dance
11:30 a.m. – Grand Junction Centennial Band

The Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture hosts this event. The commission is a 10-member advisory board appointed by City Council and is housed under the city’s Parks and Recreation department.


Contact: Lorie Gregor, Recreation Coordinator     970-254-3876 or lorieg@gjcity.org

Canyon View Park Playground Repairs Delayed

The protective surfacing repairs to Canyon View Park Playground that were scheduled to start this Sunday, June 16 have been postponed, due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. The new construction dates have been set for Monday, June 24 through Thursday, June 27. 

The repairs being made to the Canyon View Playground will require the playground to be shut down while crews remove damaged sections and the installation of new surfacing. The new protective surfacing will require no activity on the repaired sections for 72 hours once installed. The playground will reopen the morning of June 27 once all the fencing has been removed.

We are still encouraging families to utilize other playgrounds throughout the Parks Department during the closure to allow proper curing time for the repaired sections of the playground. If you would like to see what other parks in our parks system offers playgrounds, please visit http://www.gjparksandrec.org or click here.


Contact: Marc Mancuso, Parks Supervisor     970-254-3850 or marcm@gjcity.org

Canyon View Park to Undergo Playground Repairs

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The playground at Canyon View Park will be closed for protective surfacing repairs that are tentatively scheduled to begin Sunday, June 16, 2019, and will reopen Thursday, June 20, 2019 when all repairs have been completed.

The repairs being made to the Canyon View Playground will require the playground to be shut down while crews remove damaged sections and the installation of new surfacing. The new protective surfacing will require no activity on the repaired sections for 72 hours once installed. The City Parks and Recreation Department asks for help to protect the new surfacing by staying off the playground until all temporary fencing has been removed.

We encourage families to utilize other playgrounds throughout the Parks Department during the closure to allow proper curing time for the repaired sections of the playground. If you would like to see what other parks in our parks system offers playgrounds, please visit http://www.gjparksandrec.org or click here.


Contact: Marc Mancuso, Parks Supervisor     marcm@gjcity.org or 970-254-3850

City’s Weed Abatement Program Up and Running

Weeds Annoucement

Every May, the City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department kicks off the Weed Abatement Program. The mission of this program is to help protect property and the environment by providing education and hazard abatement for the community.

The goal is voluntary compliance, and the City of Grand Junction would like to remind property owners with parcels within city limits of the municipal code requirement to:

  • Cut and remove all weeds over six inches in height and all puncture vine regardless of height including the area from property line to the curb line or edge of road.
  • Owners whose property has an adjoining alley are required to cut weeds from the property line to the center point of the alley.
  • Undeveloped lands over one acre in size are required to keep weeds cut within 20 feet of any adjacent parcel and within 40 feet of any adjacent right(s) of way.

Properties with weeds out of code will be issued a notice of violation. The Weed Abatement program runs May 1st through October 31st. For questions relating to the municipal code or enforcement can be directed to the Weed Abatement Program by calling 970-244-1583 or emailing weeds@gjcity.org.

The efforts of property owners to eliminate weeds from the City is greatly appreciated!


Contact: Traci Wieland, Deputy Director     970-254-3846 or traciw@gjcity.org