We are a coalition of concerned citizens working to create healthy, sustainable communities, social and economic justice, and environmental stewardship in Mesa County, Colorado.
A diverse group of citizens recently formed PLACE – People for Local Activities & Community Enrichment – a committee of WCC of Mesa County, to re-ignite and re-imagine how a community and recreation center could benefit our city and citizens.
So far, PLACE has been able to:
- obtain a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation;
- successfully garner City Council support to examine a community and recreation center for Grand Junction; and
- secure the final missing piece to move forward – a matching grant from the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) that completed the $50,000 total funding needed for a feasibility study.
Now, PLACE is working with the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department to select a company to complete the feasibility study. Through a very specific process, we solicited input from hundreds of experts across the country to help us examine possibilities and challenges around location, operations, funding, amenities, partnerships, community input and architecture.
Once the consultants are chosen, we anticipate implementing the feasibility study in early November. Multiple opportunities for public input will be included as part of the process and will be advertised well in advance.
“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.”
Clean & Renewable Energy:
In 2017, WCC members have launched a new campaign to elevate our region’s clean energy economy. As a first step, Mesa County members are focusing on generating local support for C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy), a relatively new program available through the state of Colorado.