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Free Group Guided Tour

On Saturday, June 26th, join Vince Urbina (former Urban and Community Forestry Manager of the Colorado State Forest Service) on a free guided tour of the Lincoln Park Arboretum. Email forestry at forestry@gjcity.org or give forestry a call at 970-254-3861 to sign-up!
Cornhole League
Looking for a fun weeknight activity? Head out to Canyon View Park to enjoy the 2v2 cornhole league.
  • Fee: $40 per team
  • Age: 18+
  • Location: Canyon View Park Softball Fields
  • Date: Begins the week of June 15
  • Time: 6 PM
Morning SUP Yoga
Develop better balance, strength, coordination, and endurance by linking Uijayi breath to asanas through a series of sun salutations in the energizing vinyasa class.
  • Fee: $22
  • Age: 15+
  • Location: Las Colonias Park Butterfly Pond
  • Date: 6/14 OR 6/21 OR 6/28
  • Time: 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Kids Fishing
Learn to fish with Captain Dennis Cintas, a professional fishing guide! This camp will teach kids about fishing equipment and how to properly use and maintain it.
  • Fee: $42
  • Age: 7-12
  • Location: Corn Lake State Park
  • Date: T, Th., Sa. - 6/15-6/19
  • Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Kinder Sports
Raise a happy, sporty kid by introducing them to a variety of sports! Each week staff will break down a chosen sport to its pre-beginner levels utilizing basic movements like jumping, hopping, throwing, and running.
  • Fee: $9
  • Age: 3-6
  • Location: Bookcliff Activity Center
  • Date: Thursdays 6/10, 6/17, 6/24
  • Time: 10 AM - 11:30 AM
Introduction to Quilting
Learn basic quilting techniques and finish a lap size quilt in one week!
  • Fee: $96
  • Age: 10 - 17
  • Location: Quilters Inspiration
  • Date: 6/21 - 6/25
  • Time: 9 AM - 12 PM
Goat Yoga
You can find pure joy as you play with baby goats and enjoy some gentle active yoga.
  • Fee: $20
  • Age: 10+
  • Location: Mesa County Fair Grounds
  • Date: 6/19
  • Time: 8:30 AM - 10 AM
Westlake Park Tree Planting
Thanks to a $25,374 grant from the Community Development Block, Westlake Park is currently undergoing a renovation. The work includes reseeding some turf areas, converting underused turf areas to xeric landscaping and planting trees. The forestry division is also planting 41 new trees at the site. 
Thank You Volunteers!
Thank you RiversEdge West & the Grand Valley Paddling Club! RiversEdge West hosted a volunteer project at Las Colonias River Park. Volunteers helped cut tamarisk and pull weeds. The Grand Valley Padding Club removed more than 2 tons of trash from the Colorado River. We are grateful to our many non-profit partners that contribute greatly to the parks and recreation system.
Lunch Loop Seed Garden
At the Lunch Loop Trailhead, Kenton Seth a local horticultural professional, has been working closely with the Colorado West Land Trust and the City of Grand Junction’s horticulture division to install an experimental garden. The goal of this garden is to provide a low-cost high impact native garden without irrigation. The concept is to grow an entire designed landscape using seed and various mulching techniques.
Thanks for joining us at the 9th Annual Regional Pickleball Tournament
110 teams came out to participate and over 66 medals were awarded! Click the video below watch a recap of the event.
Get to know the different divisions within Parks and Recreation. This month we have our recreation division. Click the video below to learn more about the team!
Get to know Shon Birch (pictured on the right)!
Recreation Supervisor - 16 Years of Service.

What is your favorite part about your job?
Providing the many activities for people of all ages in the Grand Valley, which in turn creates a great community. I really enjoy the variety of work you can take part in week to week, month to month.

What is your favorite place in Grand Junction?
A baseball or softball field and the Lunch Loop Trailhead

Outside of work, what do you enjoy doing?
Watching my son and daughter participate in their activities/sports. We also like to hike, bike, camp, etc. and take advantage of the western CO / eastern UT outdoor offerings.

If you could describe Parks & Recreation in one word, what would it be?
Horticulture Planting Flowers
9th Annual Regional Pickleball Tournament
Summer camp staff gearing up for the season
Lincoln Park Pool opening for the Summer
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