A Place for Everyone
Over the generations, Grand Junction has grown by leaps and bounds.And every generation has left its mark, building the great sports, parks, culture, and community facilities we all enjoy today. But while our neighbors in Fruita, Montrose, Glenwood, and Delta have built successful Community Centers, Grand Junction still lacks its own place to come together to move, work, learn, and play.
When you’re retired, it can be tough to find new things to do and people to do them with. With a huge social calendar of ways to stay active, try new hobbies and learn new things, a Community Center is a great resource for Seniors. Dedicated therapy pool and hot tubs also offer Seniors a great place to exercise.
Every parent knows that finding safe and affordable places for kids to play, learn, and grow can be a constant challenge. A Community Center would offer parents pools, gyms, hardwood courts, a climbing wall, and activity rooms on top of supervised childcare, with plenty for kids and parents to do at the same place, same time!
In today’s economy, towns compete for skilled workers on amenities and quality of life. From Glenwood Springs to Montrose, towns that have invested in Community Centers have gained a competitive edge on our Valley for both workforce and new business recruitment.
SPACE FOR YOUR EVENT
Have you struggled to find a suitable space for a meeting, wedding shower, family gathering, or other event in our Valley? With multipurpose rooms, a catering kitchen, senior and youth spaces, hardwood gymnasiums, the Community Center would transform the social and event spaces available to Grand Junction residents.
A safe space for teens to come together outside the home or school, make their own, get involved in community projects, learn new things, and connect with other young people from across the Valley.
Did we mention the pools!? Hardwood floor gynamisms? Weight rooms? Climbing wall? Treadmills and running track?
Our local institutions like the Farmer’s Market, the Art & Music and Downtown festivals, Parade of Lights and 4th of July Parade are central to my lifestyle and feeling connected to Grand Junction!A community center would offer even more regular and scheduled events, as well as a location to strengthen our city while providing a safe place for us all to get together!”
I spend quite a bit of money in Fruita just because of their Rec Center. After the swimming and workout, I meet friends and we go to lunch there and then shopping. I would rather do that all in GJ!”
I brag about the services in this community to others in other communities. The one thing that we are missing that other communities have is a community recreation center.”
PLACE committee volunteers begun talking with folks all over town and reviewed multiple earlier community studies that had found strong demand for a Community Center. From helping to raise strong and healthy young people to giving adults more local choices for activities for social, mental, and physical growth, the benefits of a Community Center campaign were echoed throughout Grand Junction’s History. As early as the year 2000, a Civic Forum Leadership committee concluded in that:
Taking the Vote to the People 2018-2019
With the feasibility study completed, local residents packed the house during two City Council meetings on the proposal. In September of 2018, City Council voted to refer the Community Center to the Spring 2019 ballot for the voters to make their choice.We expect to know our path to the ballot, whether by City Council referral or petition, by the end of August 2018!