The Problem: Grand Junction has a shortage of community spaces, especially for kids, seniors and families.
The Solution: A publicly funded and affordable community center where families can play and grow together, community groups can work together, and we can strengthen the social bonds that make Grand Junction feel like home.
PLACE – People for Local Activities & Community Enrichment, which is a team of WCC of Mesa County members – is mounting a grassroots effort to re-ignite and re-imagine how a community and recreation center could benefit our city and citizens.
More than just a place to exercise, we envision a true gathering place for youth, seniors and families; a hub to create and maintain social connections; a resource to learn and stay strong; and a center to encourage healthy minds and bodies.
PLACE members are in the process of raising money for a feasibility study for the proposed center. We’ve received a $5,000 grant from the Rocky Mountain Health Foundation and are currently applying for a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation.
We’ve been gathering signatures of support to bring to the Grand Junction city council and now have over 1,600 signatures! We hope to have a workshop with the council after the April election, at which time we can show the signatures we’ve gathered, the many letters to the editor in support of a community center, as well as results from our survey. We’ll also ask for the council’s support in applying for a matching grant from the Department of Local Affairs and seek the city’s support for getting the feasibility study conducted.
“Grand Junction is the heart of the Western Slope and we should be leaders in creating a community with vision,” said Kimberly Langston,a member of our campaign team that’s spearheading a grassroots effort to create a vision for the center, figure out how to pay for it and then get it built.
“I am excited to see more people get engaged in making Grand Junction feel like ‘home’ where we know and care about our neighbors of all ages and backgrounds,” Langston said. “Especially as our community grows and we hope to attract new families, vibrant seniors and sustainable business investments, having one center to bring us together is invaluable.”