PLACE (People for Local Activities and Community Enrichment) and Grand Junction Parks and Recreation are working in collaboration on a feasibility study for a potential community & recreation center. As part of the study, please plan to attend the first of several community meetings on January 18 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Faith Heights Church, 600 28 ¼ Road. For more information, contact the PLACE team at email@example.com or Recreation Superintendent Traci Wieland at (970)-254-3846 or via email.
A diverse group of citizens formed PLACE in 2016 as 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.
The PLACE team announced the kick-off of a feasibility study for a community & recreation Center for Grand Junction in November 2017. The study is slated to last about 7 months, and will provide a review of potential sites, market analysis, and citizen participation opportunities that will all lead to an estimated cost, description of amenities, and conceptual design. We're excited that this study will give us both the vision and the specifics we'll need to eventually get a community & recreation center on a ballot for voters.
After a months-long process to select the right team to do the study, PLACE, the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department, and members of the Parks and Recreation board selected Ballard King and Sink, Combs, Dethlefs as the consulting and architect firms that will lead the feasibility study. We are thrilled to be working with such an experienced team who have studied, designed, and built community & recreation facilities all over Colorado and around the country.
The real work begins now. We at PLACE are excited to reach out to residents and listen, learn, and work together in this study to make a community & recreation center a reality for Grand Junction! Keep your eyes on the PLACE Facebook page for the most frequent updates on the study, as well as email announcements of public participation opportunities. And by all means, if you want to be more involved - send us an email at gjcommunitycenter@wccongress.
“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.
“I am excited to see more people 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.