Parks and Recreation Prepares for 18th Annual Senior Games

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Grand Junction Parks and Recreation is hosting the 18th Annual Western Colorado Senior Games, August 20-26, 2018. This week long athletic competition is open to participants aged 50+ and has 58 events to participate in. Senior Games is designed to bring our 50+ community together in a jovial and healthy manner, which benefits all who attend. The media is invited to any of the following events:

Senior Games Activity Table 2018

For more information on this event, please contact:
Lorie Gregor, Recreation Coordinator
970-254-3876
lorieg@gjcity.org

Please note all media inquiries will need to take place after August 14, 2018.

Canyon View Park to Undergo Playground Repairs

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The playground at Canyon View Park will be closed for protective surfacing repairs starting on Monday, July 16, 2018 and will reopen Thursday, July 19, 2018 when all repairs are completed.

The repairs being made to the Canyon View Playground will require sections of 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. Please help protect the new surfacing by staying off until all temporary fencing has been removed from the playground.

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. You can find other parks and playgrounds throughout the City listed at www.gjparksandrec.org.

For more information regarding the project, contact Marc Mancuso.
Marc Mancuso
Parks Supervisor
(970) 254-3850
marcm@gjcity.org

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
lorieg@gjcity.org
970-254-3876

Downtown Ambassador Program Kicks Off

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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
lorieg@gjcity.org
970-254-3876

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
970-254-3846
traciw@gjcity.org

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

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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