Parks and Recreation Begins Water Wise Initiative

The Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department is beginning a new initiative in 2019.

12th street roundabout

Throughout the department, efforts are being made to eliminate turf areas around town that are not being utilized by park patrons. These efforts are being developed in order to be more conscientious about the department’s water use and to continue the City’s effort to be water wise.

Among the spaces included in this effort are the roundabout at 12th Street and Horizon, as well as several locations on Riverside Parkway. Both projects are weather dependent and are set to take place in the coming weeks.

Some spaces will include decorative rock, while others will have a variety of plant materials that utilize less water. As the year progresses, the department will begin to shift its focus to native and xeric varieties of plants in an effort to conserve water usage throughout the City.

For more information on this project, contact:

Randy Coleman, Parks Supervisor

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2018 Champion of the Arts Awards

Each year, the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture invites nominations for the annual Champion of the Arts Awards. This year, two individuals were selected because of their leadership, generosity, and dedication to arts and culture, and were recognized at The Grand Junction Centennial Band‘s Christmas Concert at The Avalon Theatre on Sunday, December 9th.

The first recipient, Lancer Livermont, was nominated by Robbie Breaux. Lancer is the board president at Western Colorado Center for the Arts as well as a MusicSpark board member. He previously served on the Commission on Arts and Culture, volunteered in several other capacities over the years, and is a great attribute to our community. He describes himself as a “man of few words” but he nevertheless works tirelessly to speak up for culture in the Grand Valley. He received Warm Glow by Joan Anderson as his Champion of the Arts Award.

The second recipient actively and financially supports art and culture organizations around the valley, including Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, Riverside Educational Center, and the Museums of Western Colorado. He serves on several boards including the EUREKA McConnell Science Museum, Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission, Colorado Trust and the Delta Dental Foundation of Colorado. We thank John Hopkins for valuing the importance of art and culture in our community! He was nominated by Jen Moore and he received Holiday Night by Jim Hutton.

The Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture is appointed by City Council and serves to cultivate an environment where arts and culture can thrive and grow.

For more information, contact Lorie Gregor at 970-254-3876 or

$40,000 Arts and Cultural Grant Funding Available

By approving the 2019 budget, City Council has allocated $40,000 towards Art and Culture grant funding in the coming year! The Art Grant program is managed by the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture. Grant money is available to Colorado non-profit agencies for arts and cultural projects that are held in Mesa County. The grant process opens December 7th and closes February 1st at 12:00 p.m. To assist agencies in the application process, two identical trainings will be held at the Parks and Recreation Office, 1340 Gunnison Ave. on December 11th at 10:00 a.m. or January 9th at 3:00 p.m. To register, call 970-254-3876 or email

Last year’s grant program funded projects such as the Arts and Entertainment Calendar on KAFM, Downtown Arts Festival, Two Rivers Chautauqua, Culture Fest, Rocky Mountain PBS Arts District, the Veterans Day Art Extravaganza, and many more. A total of 18 agencies received a total of $40,000 in funding. All of these projects serve to enhance the community in which we live. The Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture is an eleven-member board, appointed by the City Council to foster cultural development and arts activities in the community.

To learn more about the 2019 Art and Cultural grant funding and get the paperwork, please visit the website at and click on the grants tab.

For questions or more information, please contact Lorie Gregor at 970-254-3876 or

Community Meeting to Discuss Riverfront at Dos Rios and Improvements to Riverside Park

RIO Conceptual Both Sites - 2018 - February

A community meeting will be held on Thursday, November 15 at 6 p.m. at the Old Riverside School to discuss the redevelopment plans for the Riverfront at Dos Rios property between the Riverside neighborhood and the 5th Street Bridge. There will also be an announcement of a grant award for improvements to Riverside Park and for the construction of a bicycle playground.

The City of Grand Junction has been working with Colorado West Land Trust, Riverside Educational Center, Riverside Task Force, and numerous other organizations to improve close to home opportunities for under-served community members to engage in healthy activities. Thanks to a $490,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation, plans for redevelopment of Riverside Park and development of a bike playground along the existing Riverfront Trail have become a reality. This project will encourage the Riverside neighborhood to better utilize the park and the trail as a means to improve their well-being.

For more information, please contact:

Traci Wieland, Deputy Director, 970-254-3846 or

CARnival of ART to Make Debut this Weekend

Carnival of Art Flyer

The Grand Valley’s first ever pop-up gallery, CARnival of ART, will take place on Saturday, October 6th from 12:00pm – 5:00pm at the Grand Junction Subaru Showroom, 651 Market Street. The public is invited to visit Subaru and peruse local artisan’s booths for original, one of a kind treasures to take home. This free event showcases 20 local artists, half of which are participating in the Grand Valley Open Studios Tour on October 13th and 14th. Visit for more information on the Grand Valley Open Studios Tour.

CARnival of ART and the Grand Valley Open Studios Tour are supported by the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture, The Fruita Arts and Culture Board, Palisade Art Vision and The Arts Center.

For more information, contact Lorie Gregor at 970-254-3876 or

Two Local Artists Chosen for Electric Art Project

Electric Art Winners Photo PSA

Congratulations are in order for two local artists, Danya Aletebi and Rainbow Byson, who have been commissioned for a new public art project. Known as Electric Art, this public art project is presented by the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture and Downtown Grand Junction. City owned traffic signal boxes, or TSB’s, located on 4th Street and Main Street as well as 5th Street and Main Street, will be transformed into beautiful murals over the Downtown Art Festival weekend.

The public is invited to watch them in action during the evening of First Friday on October 5th and during the day Saturday, October 6th at the Downtown Art Festival. Electric Art is designed to beautify city streetscapes, enhance community pride, add more public art, and provide new, paid opportunities for artists.

According to the 2017 Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 report published by the Americans for the Arts, the non-profit arts and culture sector generated $17.3 million in total economic activity in Grand Junction, proving that arts and culture play a significant role in our local economy. Public art enhances community culture and provides a richer experience for people living here and visiting our community.

Join us in Grand Junction on October 5th and 6th to share in our cultural pride and celebrate Electric Art at the Downtown Arts Festival.

Contact Lorie Gregor, Recreation Coordinator   970-254-3876 or

Parks and Recreation Prepares for 18th Annual Senior Games


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

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