4th Annual Take Part in Art Free Expo

Take Part in Art LogoThe public is invited to explore the different arts and cultural organizations in the Grand Valley at the 4th Annual Take Part In Art Expo. This free event on Saturday, June 16 is from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Barn. Discover your creative side and how you can get involved. Get your Passport to Fun at the event and win arts related prizes. There will be information, demonstrations, performances, and hands on activities for kids of all ages!

The performance schedule is as follows:
Colorado West Aerial Art – aerial arts           9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Operation Revamp – musical acts                  9:55 a.m.  – 10:10 a.m.
Shining Stars – kids piano & voice                 10:20 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
The Theatre Project – kids theatre                 10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Sweet Adelines – singing                                  11:10 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
Revolution Dance – kids dance                       11:35 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

This event is sponsored by the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture which is a nine-member advisory board appointed by City Council. For more information on Take Part in Art, please contact:

Lorie Gregor, Recreation Coordinator

Downtown Ambassador Program Kicks Off

DT Ambassadors Final

The 2nd year of the Downtown Ambassador program began this past Tuesday on Main Street. Run by the Parks and Recreation department, volunteer ambassadors are present to provide information and a friendly face in the downtown corridor.

Ambassadors are on the street Tuesday – Saturday at 5th and Main by the big bike. “This year we decided to try a more central location to see if it was easier to provide assistance to folks, rather than walking up and down the street,” stated Lorie Gregor, the program’s director.

The Downtown Ambassador program runs through Labor Day. Helping to make downtown a better place, ambassadors act as the eyes and ears for the City to assist the Police Department, Visit Grand Junction, the Downtown Development Authority and the Parks and Recreation Department.

Last year 13 volunteers gave 661.5 hours to the program and had 5560 interactions with folks on the street. There were visitors from China, England, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and all over the US.

If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information regarding the Downtown Ambassador program, please contact:

Lorie Gregor

Kids to Parks Day at Hawthorne Park

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Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department and the Grand Junction Forestry Board will celebrate Kids to Parks Day on May 19 at Hawthorne Park from 9:00am – 11:00am.

This national day of play, celebrated every third Saturday of May, connects kids and families with their local parks and helps community members to embrace their role as park stewards.

This year’s inaugural event will be held at Hawthorne Park, one of Grand Junction’s oldest parks. Many of the park’s trees have declined in health recently, so much so, eight of them have been removed.  A new design of the southwest corner of the park along with new cultural and irrigation practices will support more opportunities for increased neighborhood and community use.

The community is invited to help plant 15 – 20 new trees to support the park’s new design. Bring gloves and shovels if you have them! Light refreshments will be served, and Einstein Bros. will be providing bagels. Mesa County Library District’s Bike Library will also be on hand for book breaks.

For additional information about the event, please contact:
Traci Wieland

Survey Regarding Community Center Begins this Week

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A public survey launching this week marks the next step in the public input process to determine the location, amenities, and feasibility of a new Community Center in Grand Junction. A randomly selected sample of Grand Junction residents received postcards inviting participation in a quantitative survey using an assigned password. Those selected are asked to complete the 10-minute survey about the site location, amenities, community programming, and funding options for a potential new Community Center.

“It is really important that each household that received a postcard please participate in the survey,” said Kimberly Langston, a volunteer with People for Local Activities and Community Enrichment (PLACE). PLACE, in partnership with the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department, is currently sponsoring a feasibility study to assess the community’s needs and wants in the development of a potential Community Center. “Every voice in our community is so valuable to help us understand the pulse of Grand Junction as we finalize our research and prepare to make recommendations to City Council this summer.”

The quantitative survey is only open for a limited time, so anyone who received a postcard is encouraged to complete the survey as soon as possible. A general community survey will also be available to test the same concepts but allow all interested citizens to participate. This survey can be found at gjsurvey.org/2018.

Media Contacts:
Parks and Recreation – Traci Wieland, 970-254-3846, traciw@gjcity.org
PLACE – Kimberly Langston, 303-916-9539, klangstonpr@gmail.com

GJ Parks and Recreation Gears Up for 17th Annual Southwest Arbor Fest


Gear up and get ready! Grand Junction Parks and Recreation is hosting the 17th Annual Southwest Arbor Fest sponsored by Bellco Credit Union this Saturday, April 21st at Lincoln Park. From 12pm – 5pm, this family friendly event brings together elements of Arbor Day including tree giveaways and arborists, a Mac and Cheese tasting, Colorado Craft Brew Fest, kids’ activities, vendors, a great live local music lineup, and more!

The event is free to attend and festivalgoers can pre-purchase a Colorado Craft Brew Fest ticket by April 20th for $20 or pay $25 at the gate. The Mac and Cheese Throwdown will begin at 12pm and will go until all competitors run out of product. Tasting tickets will be $5 the day of the event. Tickets come with a 2oz try of every vendor’s product and the ability to vote for People’s Choice Awards.

Bellco Credit Union will be sponsoring the first $300 worth of gelato for kids for FREE as part of #bellcogivesback.

For more information on Southwest Arbor Fest, visit bit.ly/swaf18 or call the Parks and Recreation office at 970-254-3866.

For all media inquiries:
Emily Krause, Recreation Supervisor – 970-254-3875, emilyk@gjcity.org
Lorie Gregor, Recreation Coordinator – 970-254-3876, lorieg@gicity.org

Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture Grants $40,000 for Arts and Culture Projects

The local non-profit arts and cultural community will receive $40,000 in financial support from the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture. Requests totaling $69,736 came from 21 organizations. Funding was awarded to 18 non-profit organizations through the Commission’s annual grant program.  The donations help underwrite all types of local arts and cultural projects ranging from festivals, dance and theatrical performances, art camp, art exhibits, and musical concerts. The community will benefit from a broad diversity of projects that will reach a wide variety of interests and ages.

Many of these events are free or at a minimal cost to the public thanks to this grant. Organizations are anticipating $478,172 in revenue, paying 381 artists and projecting attendance to be $542,183. The Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture congratulates the awardees and looks forward to an engaging 2018 season of arts and culture in the Grand Valley.

The grant program is open to any Colorado non-profit agency for arts and cultural projects that are held in Mesa County. The process opens in December and closes in February annually.

For more information on the grant program and the following projects please visit our website at gjarts.org. like us on Facebook, or call Lorie Gregor at 970-254-3876.

Arts Grants Table


Next Round of Community Meetings to Discuss Potential Community Center

Comm Center PSA GraphicsThe community is again invited to share input regarding a possible Community and Recreation Center in Grand Junction as the second round of community meetings kicks off March 5 – 6.  Grand Junction Parks and Recreation and PLACE (People for Location Activities and Community Enrichment) are working in collaboration on this process with the next series of meetings taking place in early March, and community members are encouraged to attend. The meeting options are:

Monday, March 5, 5:30pm-6:30pm at American Lutheran Church, 631 26 1/2 Rd
Tuesday, March 6, 11am – Noon in the City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

These meetings will build upon the visioning exercises from the first community meeting held on January 18, and voting technology will be available to allow real-time feedback from participants. The content of both meetings will be the same, with two options available for the public’s convenience. The public may also share input or review the process thus far by visiting http://bit.ly/gjcommcenter.

For more information, please contact:
Parks and Recreation – Traci Wieland, 970-254-3846, traciw@gjcity.org
PLACE – Kimberly Langston, 303-916-9539, klangstonpr@gmail.com