Come celebrate the new amenities with us at the Lunch Loop Trailhead!
The City of Grand Junction invites the community in celebrating improvements made to the Lunch Loop Trailhead by attending the Food Truck Friday event on Friday, October 16 from 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Food trucks will be lined up in the trailer parking area southwest of the main parking lot. The community can enjoy tasty food in the beautiful desert landscape with views of the Colorado National Monument. Attendees are encouraged to enjoy the many dirt and shared use trails as part of the event!
In 2017, the City teamed with Colorado West Land Trust, Mesa County, Grand Valley MPO/TPR, Bureau of Land Management, National Parks Service, Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Association (COPMOBA) and local trail users to develop the future expansion of the existing gravel parking lot. Public meeting participants identified several elements they would like to see at the trailhead, including a trailer specific parking area along Monument Road. When the paved Monument Road (Connector) Shared Use Path was completed to Lunch Loop Trailhead in 2019, the project came in under budget. This remaining funding was already earmarked for this project and it was proposed to use it to add the trailer parking area southwest of the existing parking lot, as well as curb and gutter and asphalt and concrete paving around the existing bathrooms at Lunch Loop Trailhead. The project funders agreed, and the trailer parking and trailhead improvements were constructed in the summer of 2020.
This event will have several safety elements in place for the health of all attendees. Masks are required for entry, handwashing stations will be available, and social distancing is encouraged. All attendees are required to register upon arrival.
The Leaf Removal Program is a helpful service that the City provides that gives residents the opportunity to conveniently dispose of leaves. These efforts also help to eliminate excess leaf build-up along City streets and reduce negative impacts affecting our water quality. Leaves collected during this program are taken to the Mesa County Organic Materials Composting Facility where they are recycled and turned into compost. Over 10,000 cubic yards of leaves are collected annually!
The City is divided into five different areas, with specific rake-out dates assigned to each. Rake-out dates are the day by which you must have your leaves at the curb by 7:00 A.M. Place leaves 18 inches from the curb or directly on pavement if no curb or gutter. Leaf pick up may be affected by weather and rake-out dates can be found here.
A post card is mailed to City residents the first week of October. These post cards are specific to residents in each area and contain only the rake-out dates for that area. Please keep this post card so you can refer back to your scheduled rake-out dates. To view the area map, clickhere. . For questions regarding the program, please call 970-244-1426.
The City of Grand Junction and its contractor will be replacing a sewer line on 1st Street between Pitkin Avenue and Grand Avenue, starting on Monday, October 12. The primary reason for this project is to replace the existing 1920s-era clay sewer line to a modern PVC line and to accommodate the reconstruction of 1st Street by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) that is scheduled to start in over a year. CDOT plans to reconstruct a portion of the I-70 Business loop through the intersection of 1st Street & Grand Avenue and the sewer upgrade needs to happen prior to the start of that project.
Work will take place Monday through Friday from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. The project will take approximately 6 weeks to complete.
Access to businesses will be maintained. However, there will be short durations when the Contractor has to temporarily close a driveway access in order to install the new sewer pipe. Alternative entrances off surrounding streets are advised during those times. Advanced notification will be given if an access needs to be temporarily closed during daytime hours.
The Contractor will be responsible for maintaining traffic access for residents adjacent to the construction areas. The Contractor will provide traffic control and on-site flaggers to help traffic through and around the work area. Temporary access and road closures will be necessary during the project. Large trucks, including semis, are advised to use the Riverside Parkway as an alternative route.
Please drive with caution around the construction equipment and follow all traffic warning signs in the work areas.
The Grand Junction Parks & Recreation Department is committed to providing fun and safe activities for the community throughout the year. The Parks & Recreation Department now issues seasonal variations of the Activity Guide throughout the year to provide residents with the most accurate information on activities offered by the Department. The Late Fall Activity Guide was released today and covers from October 5 through January 2. The guide is available online at gjparksandrec.org.
The Late Fall Guide shares the latest information on services currently being offered. With the holiday season approaching, Grand Junction Parks & Recreation is excited to offer some of the more traditional parks and recreation holiday events. During October, residents can get in the Halloween spirit by participating in the Boston’s Halloween Softball Tournament or the 4th Annual Trick, Track, and Treat event. For the colder months of November and December, residents can enjoy the Santa Cause Run, Candy Cane Hunt, Chocolate Walk, and a Virtual Holiday Light Tour. Other programs are being offered such as Indoor Pickleball, Drop-in Sports, and Swim Lessons.
To register for programs, please go to the gjparksandrec.org or call 970-254-3866. Residents may also visit the Parks and Recreation office located at 1340 Gunnison Avenue. Parks & Recreation offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. (closed noon-1:00 P.M.).
The City of Grand Junction’s urban tree canopy is comprised of over 37,000 street and park trees and is maintained by Grand Junction Parks & Recreation. With cooler weather approaching, residents may notice leaves turning the many shades of autumn. While most may think that spring is the best time of year for planting trees, Grand Junction Parks & Recreation views September and October as another excellent opportunity for establishing new trees. The ability for trees to establish a stronger root system during the cooler part of the year creates a unique opportunity for root establishment before facing the pressures of Grand Junction’s summer heat.
Over the next few weeks, Grand Junction residents will see new green infrastructure along their neighborhood streets and within parks. Several hundred public trees have been lost since 2019 due to a variety of circumstances such as insects, old age, and an increase in zero-water landscaping. As a result, the Parks & Recreation Department is taking action to protect the longevity of our urban tree canopy. Over 150 trees were planted by the Parks & Recreation Department in the spring of 2020, and the Forestry Division has planned the locations for 150 additional trees to be planted this autumn.
Some of the trees that will be planted this autumn were produced using a newly constructed aquaponic tree production bed. The aquaponics bed was made possible thanks to a $1,500 grant from the Colorado Tree Coalition. Total cost of the aquaponics system was approximately $9,000. Trees produced in this manner were started in the spring as smaller, lower-cost, bare root trees. The aquaponics bed facilitates the growth of the root systems through hydroponic media linked to a large fish tank, which produces natural fertilizer for and water for the growing trees. This method of production is another example of innovation by the City of Grand Junction to provide lower-cost solutions to City operations. The City of Grand Junction also focuses on connecting with residents to plant new trees in public rights-of-way adjacent to private properties. The Forestry Division prunes, removes, and treats street trees as a standard service for residents, and the planting of new street trees is also an option when a property owner commits to providing trees the water they need. Grand Junction residents can request the planting of a street tree by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic difficulty for food and beverage service businesses in Grand Junction. As part of the State’s economic response, Public Health Orders were issued allowing restaurants and businesses to reopen at a limited capacity. Resulting, the City of Grand Junction and Downtown Grand Junction have partnered to offer a special opportunity to expand outdoor dining spaces.
A $47,000 Revitalizing Main Street grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation was awarded to the Downtown Grand Junction Business Improvement District. As part of this opportunity, downtown restaurants may have the option to expand their outdoor patios to nearby sidewalks, and even parking spaces, in order to increase their seating capacity. The City and Downtown Grand Junction have partnered to purchase base units, barrier fencing, and canopies that can be temporarily installed throughout downtown to create dining parklets. The City of Grand Junction has pledged $97,000 and Downtown Grand Junction has pledged $84,500, totaling $228,500 for the project.
Restaurants that are interested in extending their outdoor dining spaces must fill out this application and return it to Downtown Grand Junction. Applications will be approved on a rolling basis. Availability of parklet materials are not guaranteed, and are first-come, first-served. Once approved, Downtown will work with the applicant to develop a timeframe for implementation. Approved restaurants will then be responsible for furnishing and maintaining the space.
Four staff in the Utilities Department have tested positive for COVID-19. These employees are currently isolating, and the City is working with Mesa County Public Health to identify anyone with whom these individuals may have come in contact. Those identified as potential exposures are being asked to isolate, monitor symptoms, and to receive testing for the virus. There will be minimal staffing on water and wastewater operations to split staff and further reduce spread.
At this time, the wastewater laboratory services are suspended for partner agencies. There are no other impacts to city services at this time.
From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has been preparing for the potential for positive cases for employees. Resulting, the City of Grand Junction developed policies designed for the safety of employees and the public, and to ensure the continuity of services provided to the community. Employee policies provided guidelines for teleworking, pandemic leave, and best practices for public health such as hand washing. Included in these policies is a mask policy, for which the City provided all employees with cloth masks to be worn while working for the purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19 within the organization and the community.
Also, as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City activated its Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP Plan). The COOP Plan provided guidance for the organization to continue to provide uninterrupted service to the community.