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PROS Master Plan Update
The PROS Master Plan has been officially adopted by City Council for about three months and priorities are already being fulfilled. The recent development of Kindred Reserve Open Space Park and the Las Colonias Skate Park, helped to fulfill amenity needs including additional trails, new parks near developments, and additional skate and bike parks.
Re-Opening of Facilities
  • Orchard Mesa Pool opened on March 15. Click here for more information.
  • Bookcliff Activity Center opened on March 15 with drop in sports including volleyball, basketball, and table tennis.
  • The Parks and Recreation Office at 1340 Gunnison Avenue is now open with regular business hours of 8 am - 12 pm & 1 pm - 5 pm.
  • The Senior Center remains closed.
Hiring for Sports Facilities Maintenance
Are you looking for a seasonal job this summer? We are seeking qualified, hardworking, and highly motivated applicants! Work at the Lincoln Park Sports Complex, Canyon View Park, and Columbine/Kronkright Softball Complexes.
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Positions OPEN
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) supports the sustaining and progressing of the parks, recreation and open space system in the City of Grand Junction. This includes advising the department and City Council on projects and long range planning. In addition, PRAB serves as a sounding board to help staff and navigate operations so the system provides the best service to the community possible. Members must be City residents and serve three-year terms. To learn more about the requirements of this position, prospective members are invited to attend the next PRAB meeting on April 1st. Details about upcoming meetings can be found here. Applications are accepted through April 9.
Gentle Active Yoga
A class for everyone with an emphasis on teaching for flexibility of mind and body in a fun and supportive environment.
Fee: $7 drop-in or $50 for a 10-punch pass
Location: Senior Recreation Center, 550 Ouray
Tues, Fri: 8 AM - 9 AM
Lincoln Park Open Track Meet
The Lincoln Park Open Track Meet offers a variety of different running, jumping and throwing competitions that take place on the track. Track and field promotes healthy competition as well as fitness! Pick 3 events for $5; add additional events for only $1 each. Onsite registration begins at 5:00pm.
Date: Wednesday, April 14
Iddy Biddy Camp
Bring out your little tyke to learn a variety of fun sports. This class is designed to introduce kids to a different sport each week. Sports your child may play include basketball, baseball, soccer, football, kickball, and wiffleball. It's a great way to explore and have fun!
Date: 4/7 - 4/28, Wednesdays,
Time: 4:30 PM-5:30 PM OR 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Spots are Filling Up!
Spots are filling up for Summer Camps! Registration opened March 1 and 688 spots filled up in the first week compared to 205 spots in 2020!

Summer Camp starts May 24
Fill out the required paperwork before registering. Click Here to required paperwork.

Did you miss last months FREE Sherwood Park fitness class? Don't worry! Join us on April 15 at 5:30 PM. Meet at the Juniper shelter. Click here to register online.
Veteran's Memorial Park
Grand Junction Parks and Recreation recently signed an intergovernmental agreement with Mesa County to provide athletic programming at Veteran’s Memorial Park located at 2785 Hwy 50. This partnership will allow sport groups to rent these fields for recreational programming. The space can also be rented for athletic games, practices, and tournaments.
First Open Space Park in GJ
The City of Grand Junction recently finished the development of the first open space park in Grand Junction. Kindred Reserve Open Space is located at 2064 S. Broadway next to the Tiara Rado Golf Course Driving Range. This park has a natural feel with 1.75 miles of soft-surface trails, views of the National Monument, Bookcliffs, and the Grand Mesa.
Continuous Improvement to GJ's Urban Tree Canopy
The Forestry Division continues to improve the City’s urban tree canopy by removing unsafe trees and planting new trees in parks and rights-of-way. By planting 250 new trees, removing 250 trees that are unsafe or in poor condition, diversifying tree species, and protecting ash trees through the ash injection program, Grand Junction's urban tree canopy is becoming more resilient and healthier.
5th Street Interchange
Over the past several months, the City of Grand Junction has been working to renovate the 5th street interchange on riverside parkway and 5th street (US-50). This interchange is one of the largest entrances into Grand Junction and is the first landscape visitors and community members see when entering the City from the south. The previous landscape design did not reflect the community’s standards for public spaces and was unsustainable.
26 Year's of Service
City of Grand Junction’s Cemetery Supervisor Mike Vendegna retired after 26 years of service on March 4. Mike’s career with the City started as a supervisor for horticulture, forestry, and the cemetery. As Mike’s career moved on, he was promoted into the role of the Interim Parks Director, and later became the Parks Superintendent. Thank you, Mike!
Old Spanish Trails
The Bureau of Land Management recently stenciled the Old Spanish Trail logo in three areas along the Riverfront Trail. The logo can be found near Las Colonias, at the junction of the Riverfront Trail and 340, and near the Redlands Parkway underpass. The historic path of the North Branch of the Old Spanish Trail follows the Riverfront Trail from Las Colonias to Loma and into Utah.
Lincoln Park Wood Chip Replacement
The parks division removed the compact and decomposed playground woodchips at Lincoln Park. To reduce injury, playground wood chips are installed under play equipment nine to twelve inches on level ground and must be replaced over time due to weather and wear. This practice promotes safety at the community’s 25 playgrounds.
Get to know Matt James!
Leisure Service Representative - 6 Years of Service

What is your favorite part about your job?
It's great working with a group of co-workers who are dedicated toward the same goal, and we have fun while doing it.

What is your favorite place in Grand Junction?
In town my favorite spot would be Eagle Rim Park. The views of the river, Bookcliffs, Mesa, and Monument are fantastic.

Outside of work, what do you enjoy doing?
Anything outdoors: rafting, fishing, camping, and more.

If you could describe Parks & Recreation in one word, what would it be? Collaboration
Downtown Grand Junction
Mountain Bike at Lunch Loops Trailhead
Skate Park at Las Colonias
Wishing Tree at Lincoln Park
Thanks for being a patron and/or supporter!  
Stay healthy and please take care!
GJ Parks and Recreation Team
Give us a call! 970.254.3866
Email us at gjparksandrec@gjcity.org