Community Center for Grand Junction

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The Problem: Grand Junction has a shortage of community spaces, especially for kids, seniors and families.

The founding members of PLACE (back row: Brenda, Andreya, Robert and front: Wendy, Judy and Kimberly)

The founding members of PLACE (back row: Brenda, Andreya, Robert and front: Wendy, Judy and Kimberly)

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.

Check it out! The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel published an editorial in support of our community center campaign!

A diverse group of citizens recently formed PLACE – People for Local Activities & Community Enrichment – as a grassroots effort to re-ignite and re-imagine how a community and recreation center could benefit our city and citizens. In 2016, PLACE is ramping up to get a feasibility study funded and completed by the end of the year.

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.

Tell us what you think about our proposal using our online survey: surveymonkey.com/r/GJCommunityCenter

For more information, or to join the PLACE team, contact us at gjcommunitycenter(at)wccongress.org, and “like” our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GJCommunityCenter.

There have been efforts to build a community center here off and on for 40 years. This time we’re taking a different approach by building excitement for a center from the ground up and working with established community organizations that share our vision.

“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.”

Want to know more? Contact Mesa County organizer Roxanne Dennis at roxanne@wccongress.org!

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