Canyon View Park Playground Repairs Delayed

The protective surfacing repairs to Canyon View Park Playground that were scheduled to start this Sunday, June 16 have been postponed, due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. The new construction dates have been set for Monday, June 24 through Thursday, June 27. 

The repairs being made to the Canyon View Playground will require 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. The playground will reopen the morning of June 27 once all the fencing has been removed.

We are still encouraging families to utilize other playgrounds throughout the Parks Department during the closure to allow proper curing time for the repaired sections of the playground. If you would like to see what other parks in our parks system offers playgrounds, please visit http://www.gjparksandrec.org or click here.


Contact: Marc Mancuso, Parks Supervisor     970-254-3850 or marcm@gjcity.org

Canyon View Park to Undergo Playground Repairs

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The playground at Canyon View Park will be closed for protective surfacing repairs that are tentatively scheduled to begin Sunday, June 16, 2019, and will reopen Thursday, June 20, 2019 when all repairs have been completed.

The repairs being made to the Canyon View Playground will require 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. The City Parks and Recreation Department asks for help to protect the new surfacing by staying off the playground until all temporary fencing has been removed.

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. If you would like to see what other parks in our parks system offers playgrounds, please visit http://www.gjparksandrec.org or click here.


Contact: Marc Mancuso, Parks Supervisor     marcm@gjcity.org or 970-254-3850

City’s Weed Abatement Program Up and Running

Weeds Annoucement

Every May, the City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department kicks off the Weed Abatement Program. The mission of this program is to help protect property and the environment by providing education and hazard abatement for the community.

The goal is voluntary compliance, and the City of Grand Junction would like to remind property owners with parcels within city limits of the municipal code requirement to:

  • Cut and remove all weeds over six inches in height and all puncture vine regardless of height including the area from property line to the curb line or edge of road.
  • Owners whose property has an adjoining alley are required to cut weeds from the property line to the center point of the alley.
  • Undeveloped lands over one acre in size are required to keep weeds cut within 20 feet of any adjacent parcel and within 40 feet of any adjacent right(s) of way.

Properties with weeds out of code will be issued a notice of violation. The Weed Abatement program runs May 1st through October 31st. For questions relating to the municipal code or enforcement can be directed to the Weed Abatement Program by calling 970-244-1583 or emailing weeds@gjcity.org.

The efforts of property owners to eliminate weeds from the City is greatly appreciated!


Contact: Traci Wieland, Deputy Director     970-254-3846 or traciw@gjcity.org

5th Annual Take Part in Art Expo

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The public is invited to explore the Grand Valley’s diverse arts and cultural scene at the Take Part in Art Photo5th Annual Take Part in Art expo. This free event is happening Saturday, June 22, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., at the Lincoln Park Barn.

Discover your creative side and learn how to get involved with our community’s broad range of arts and cultural organizations. At the event, grab your “Passport to Fun” and have a chance to win arts-related prizes. There will be performances, demonstrations, information, and hands-on activities for kids of all ages!

The performance schedule is as follows:
9:00 a.m – Grand Junction Senior Theatre
9:30 a.m – Shining Stars Music Academy
10:00 a.m. – The Theatre Project
10:30 a.m. – Operation Revamp/Veterans Art Center
11:00 a.m.- Creative Avenues & Revolution Dance
11:30 a.m. – Grand Junction Centennial Band

The Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture hosts this event. The commission is a 10-member advisory board appointed by City Council and is housed under the city’s Parks and Recreation department.


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

Horizon Drive to Receive New Artwork

Horizon Drive ArtworkThe Horizon Drive Business Improvement District Board has chosen two local artists to paint the city owned transportation signal boxes (TSB’s) on Horizon Drive. Pavia Justinian, who has had public art in Palisade, Grand Junction, Longmont, Westminster, and Moab, will paint her bike riding Kokopelli on the box located on G Rd and Horizon Drive. Josh Anderson, a cartoonist and graphic designer, will paint his piece representing iconic desert landscapes with fun animated local animals on the box located on Crossroads Boulevard and Horizon Drive.

Electric Art, as the project is known, was started last year with the painting of two signal boxes on 4th Street and 5th Street and Main, as part of the Downtown Art Festival. This year we are extending the reach to our gateway corridor on Horizon Drive to welcome visitors with more art! The boxes are scheduled to be painted the first part of May. Electric Art is a program overseen by the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture.


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

New Arts and Culture Projects Coming to Grand Junction in 2019!

Zikr Dance - Oracle - Arts and CommissionThe local community will enjoy many new and fun cultural events this year thanks to funding provided by the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture & the City of Grand Junction. Twenty non-profit organizations received funding ranging from $1000 – $3600. Organizations will bring cultural projects from festivals, dance and theatrical performances, art camp, art exhibits, and musical concerts to Grand Junction. 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 $564,000 in revenue, paying 1220 artists and projecting attendance/listening audience to be over a million people. Most of these organizations rely on volunteers to provide these projects for the community and this year it’s projected individuals will donate over 22,000 hours of volunteerism. The Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture congratulates the awardees and looks forward to an engaging 2019 season of arts and culture in Grand Junction.

The grant program is open to any Colorado non-profit agency for arts and cultural projects that are held in Grand Junction. 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 www.gjarts.org or like us on Facebook.


For more information, please contact:
Lorie Gregor, 970-254-3876, lorieg@gjcity.org (Out of the office/unavailable March 7 & 8)

Secondary Contact: 
Callie Berkson, 970-254-3867, callieb@gjcity.org

 

Parks and Recreation Begins Water Wise Initiative

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

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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
Randyc@gjcity.org
970-254-3821