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.

Parks and Recreation Office Phone Lines Temporarily Down

The Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Offices are currently experiencing a temporary disconnect of phones lines, and no incoming calls are currently being processed.

The City of Grand Junction IT Department and Qwest are working together to fix the problem; however, it is unknown at this time when the phone lines will be back up and running.

Should you need to get ahold of the City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Office, please call 970-254-3861, or email the office at gjparksandrec@gjcity.org.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and appreciate your patience as the department works on a solution.

For questions or more information regarding this problem, please contact Rodney Larson at rodneyl@gjcity.org or 970-244-1496.

City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Receives Gold International Aquatic Safety Award

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The City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department announced today that it has been awarded the prestigious “Gold International Aquatic Safety Award”. Earning this award demonstrates that the aquatic facilities they operate consistently exceed industry standards in risk management and epitomize aquatic safety excellence. International Aquatic Safety Awards are conferred to deserving aquatic facilities by Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. – International Aquatic Safety and Risk Management Consultants.

“It is apparent that the entire staff embodies the idea of setting the standard in aquatic safety and swimmers who frequent this aquatic facility are afforded the highest degree of swimmer protection currently available for the aquatic industry,” said Richard A. Carroll, Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. Senior Vice President and COO.

International Aquatic Safety Awards are presented annually to participants in E&A’s Comprehensive Aquatic Risk Management Program (CARMP) and are based on the results of multiple random Unannounced Aquatic Facility Operational Safety Audits throughout the year. These audits include undercover video surveillance of individual lifeguards while they protect their Zone of Protection® areas, in order to accurately evaluate their professional diligence. Additionally, individual and team basic life support and rescue skills are evaluated, along with simulated emergencies that measure the effectiveness of established Emergency Action Plans. The audit concludes with administrative, supervisory and facility evaluations. All E&A client facilities are top performers and represent the finest and safest aquatic facilities in the world. As such, it is of particular note when E&A facilities perform so well that they are granted an International Aquatic Safety Award.

Contact: Pete Ashman, Aquatics Recreation Coordinator   970-254-3869

2017 Southwest Arbor Fest Call for Artists

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The City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department is soliciting competitive quotes from qualified and interested companies and/or musicians whom would like to participate in the 15th Annual Southwest Arbor Fest, taking place Saturday, April 22 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

This family-friendly festival will showcase an Earth Day Celebration, Mac and Cheese Competition, Colorado Craft Brew Tasting, arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment and more.

Music must be family friendly, and all artists will be required to provide necessary equipment during the performance. If you are interested in participating as an artist in this event, please submit your quote prior to February 5 at 3:00pm. For complete details and instructions on how to submit your proposal, please visit http://bit.ly/SouthwestArborFest2017. No late submissions will be accepted.

For questions or more information on this request for proposal, please contact Recreation Supervisor, Emily Krause at 970-254-3875 or emilyk@gjcity.org.