Stocker Stadium Undergoes Field Turf Renovation

Stocker Stadium at Lincoln Park is set to undergo a major field renovation which is anticipated to run from June 13th – August 1st.

With the existing turf reaching its life expectancy, it became apparent that the field needed to be replaced in order to maintain the safety of facility users. The City of Grand Junction has contracted with FieldTurf to complete the project, which entails installing a 2-layer synthetic turf system, including new goalposts. Crews will work from the North end of the Stadium to the South, and will begin with removing existing turf, the airfield drain system, and goalposts. After removal has been completed, the area will require regrading and will then be prepped for the new turf and goalpost installation.

The project was funded by a $200,000 Mesa County Federal Mineral Lease Grant, $200,000 from the Parks Improvement Advisory Board, as well as partner funding from Colorado Mesa University, School District 51, and the City of Grand Junction. “Without these partnerships from the community, this project would not be possible,” said Marc Mancuso. “We are lucky to have such support here in the Grand Valley.”

During construction, the Stocker Stadium track will be closed to the public to control safety and efficiency of the project. Alternate facilities available for use during this time include the Grand Junction High School Track, or the trail system in Lincoln Park.

We apologize for any inconvenience, but appreciate your cooperation. Facilities will open back up to the public on August 2nd.

For more information regarding this project, please contact:
Parks Supervisor, Marc Mancuso
marcm@gjcity.org
970-254-3850

Field Turf Project 2017

3rd Annual Free Take Part in Art Expo

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The public is invited to explore the different arts and cultural organizations in the Grand Valley at this free event on Saturday, June 17 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Lincoln Park Barn. This is your opportunity to learn what’s going on and how you can get involved. Various groups, associations, organizations, guilds, and clubs representing music, dance, theatre, art, crafts, wood working, reading, and creative writing will be doing demonstrations and handing out information. Kids activities include a musical petting zoo, watercolor markers, and chalk art out on the patio. Get your passport filled and qualify for some amazing prizes donated by attending organizations.

The performance schedule for June 17 is as follows:
9:30-10:00 am               Erth Studios – Musical Performance
10:10-10:40 am             Absolute Dance – Dance performances
10:50 -11:20 am            Writers Forum – Read Poetry & Prose
11:30-12:00 pm             Creative Avenues – Dance/Theatre

Take Part in Art Expo is designed as a networking opportunity. There will be no sales of merchandise. The event is sponsored by the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture.

For more information call Lorie Gregor at 254-3876, visit www.gjarts.org, or like us on Facebook.

Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Kicks Off “Round Up for Recreation” Scholarship Fund

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The City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation department has a scholarship fund to make fee-based recreation programs accessible to Grand Valley youth who reside in financially constrained households.

Parks and Recreation program scholarships have been available for over two decades thanks to the support from the community and the City of Grand Junction. These scholarships make participation possible in important recreation programs such as swimming lessons, summer camps, athletics, and other programs that provide life skills. However, in recent years the department has seen a large decline in grants and funds that have been used to support the program. “These declines have resulted in a 40% reduction in the number of youths served,” said Traci Wieland, Recreation Superintendent. “Your one-time, or on-going donation will help us make a difference in the life of a child, and keep the scholarship program intact for years to come.”

Donations to the City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Scholarships fund can be made by participating in the City’s utility “Round Up for Recreation” program which will be mailed out in all City of Grand Junction Utility bills during the month of June. You may either drop off or mail in your pledge enrollment form to 250 N. 5th Street. Forms may also be filled out online by visiting http://bit.ly/roundupforrec.

For more information regarding this program, please contact Emily Krause at emilyk@gjcity.org or 970-254-3875, or call the Parks and Recreation office at 970-254-3866.

2nd Annual Community Tree Planting

The City of Grand Junction and it’s Forestry Board will kick off the 2nd Annual Community Tree Planting this Saturday, May 6th at the much anticipated Las Colonias Amphitheater.

Sponsored, in part by a grant program from Xcel Energy and the Colorado Tree Coaltion, together the City of Grand Junction and the Forestry Board will add more than 100 trees to our City’s canopy through the event this year. Selections will be diverse and introduce varieties not commonly found in our valley.

Take advantage of this opportunity to build our community through trees! Bring your family, your gloves, and a shovel, and come get dirty with us! We will provide a pancake/doughnut breakfast for all participants beginning at 8 A.M. Breakfast will be followed by instruction on how to correctly plant our trees, and the tree planting is anticipated to last until noon.

For more information, or questions regarding this event, please contact Randy Coleman with the City of Grand Junction at (970)254-3849 or randyc@gjcity.org.

Arbor Days Kicks Off “Adopt A Tree” at Southwest Arbor Fest

The celebration of Arbor Day will kick off this year at Southwest Fest in Lincoln Park, Saturday, April 22nd from 12 P.M. – 5 P.M.

The Grand Junction Forestry Board and the City of Grand Junction will be giving away trees, but with a new spin. In hopes of creating more diversity in our canopy and increasing the success rates of our trees, the Forestry division has decided to pursue “quality over quantity.” Instead of providing seedlings to the community this year, we are implementing an “Adopt A Tree” like program. Trees that will be given away will be in 15 gallon pots (4′-6′ trees) and will introduce some varieties that are less common to our valley.

This inaugural year will only have 56 trees available and they will be given away in three separate sessions. In order to take one of these trees home, participants are required to sit through a short class on how to correctly plant and maintain one of our young trees. Participants will be selected through a lottery on the 22nd of April at Lincoln Park Barn. You can enter your name in the lottery process at any time beginning from 9 A.M. until the last drawing at 2 P.M. One entry offers the opportunity to be selected for sessions throughout the day. These sessions will be held at 10 A.M., 12 P.M., and 2 P.M., and you must be present to win. Come on out and join us for this great family event! The weather forecast is  beautiful, there will be multiple activities for everyone including a kids tree climb and guess a tree, and you will be able to see what the City of Grand Junction and it’s Forestry Board is working on!

Continue our Arbor Day celebration by volunteering at this year’s Community Tree Planting event at Las Colonias Amphitheater on May 6th. Help us to grow our community and our canopy by helping plant more than 100 trees at the park. Pack up the family, gloves and a shovel and join us in getting dirty. Pancakes and donuts start at 8 A.M. with instruction and planting to follow. You can even name your tree and have an opportunity to become part of  the City of Grand Junction Forestry department’s permanent video tour.

For more information about Arbor Day and it’s events, please contact Randy Coleman at 970-254-3821 or email randyc@gjcity.org.

Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture Awards Grants for 2017 Projects

The local non-profit arts and cultural community will receive $30,000 in financial support from the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture.  Requests totaling $45,350 came from 14 organizations. Funding was awarded to 13 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 performances, art lecture series, 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 $119,074 in revenue as well as leveraging $27,300 in anticipated donations to assist in cost recovery. The Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture congratulates the awardees and looks forward to an engaging 2017 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.

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

Temporary Closure of Riverside Parkway

A small portion of Riverside Parkway will be closed Thursday, February 23 from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., stemming from 9th Street to Winters Avenue. Access to 9th street will remain open for traffic during the duration of the closure.

The temporary closure will allow crews to renovate the islands along Riverside Parkway, replant trees and begin the installation of rock mulch. The closure is scheduled for February 23 only, and the Parkway will reopen at 4:00 p.m. that afternoon, weather depending.

For questions or more information on this closure, please contact Randy Coleman, Parks Supervisor at 970-254-3821 or by email, randyc@gjcity.org.