Learn how you can help in PLACE’s campaign at our next meeting on Friday, July 7 at 9:30 am at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 536 Ouray Ave, Grand Junction
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 publicly-funded community & recreation center could benefit the city of Grand Junction and its people. Grand Junction currently has a shortage of community spaces, especially for kids, seniors and families.
On June 5, PLACE members won approval from the Grand Junction City Council to move forward with a $25,000 matching grant application to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to fund a feasibility study for the proposed center. PLACE has already received financial pledges for the feasibility study from the Colorado Health Foundation in the amount of $20,000 and another $5,000 from the Rocky Mountain Health Foundation. If the DOLA grant application is successful, it will bring together a total of $50,000.
The feasibility study will inform both the city and the public on the next steps to bring a community & recreation center to fruition.
PLACE has been gathering signatures of support for the proposal and now has over 2,000 signatures! If you haven’t already signed their petition, please fill out their online survey.
“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.”