The Neighborhood Program is a service provided at the neighborhood level intended to enhance and maintain a high quality of life for the citizens of Grand Junction. The Program is a way of building a sense of community, beginning with small groups of motivated people. The program evolved from a community goal that: “A vital, organized network of neighborhoods will exist throughout the City, linked with parks and schools and supported by City resources and active citizen volunteers.”
Often it is problems within a neighborhood that raise residents’ interest and concern. The Neighborhood Program seeks to build a sense of community to promote pro-active pride, safety, volunteering and fun within neighborhoods rather than merely a group that reacts to controversy as it arises.
Organization - One of the first steps in the program is encouraging groups to hold meetings to begin to discuss positive and negative aspects of their neighborhood, plans for improvement, and a means for people to socialize and get to know their neighbors. Beyond meetings, the program supports all types of activities, including block parties, flyers or newsletters and working together on improvement projects.
Neighborhood Association Registration - For neighborhoods that want to become more involved in their community, the next step is to become an officially registered Neighborhood Association. Please complete the HOA or Neighborhood Contact Information form to stay up to date with city notices and events.
Neighborhood Clean-Up Tips - Organizing a neighborhood clean-up is a wonderful opportunity to get to know your neighbors and noticeably improve and beautify your neighborhood at the same time. During the Annual Spring Clean-Up the City provides information to help city residents get clean-up items to the street or alley at the designated time. The Annual Leaf Pick-Up offered by the City in the Fall provides for pick-up service for leaves raked to city streets.
Use the City’s Neighborhood Program Resources - Neighborhood Program staff can assist you with organization and advertisement, provide ideas and information and help coordinate with other City departments as needed. The City Police Department has other services available to neighborhoods through its Community Resource Unit.
Neighborhood Block Parties
As the weather warms up, it’s time to think about gathering your neighbors for some weekend fun. By spending time with neighbors and strengthening those relationships, communities become more resilient in the face of unexpected shocks and stresses. Check out this article to learn more about the connection between community building and resilience, as well as other benefits cities across the country have seen from holding block parties.
To host a neighborhood block party with street closure, please fill out the Street Closure Permit application. This permit is to close a one block area on a local low volume street (approximately 500 vehicles per day), primarily in a residential area only. If your event is larger than a one block area, impacts a non-residential area or is on a higher volume roadway, you must contact a traffic control company for assistance with your event. Please read the Block Party Instructions and Rules of Closure of Public Right-of-Way before filling out the Street Closure Permit application.
The Block Party Trailer
The new City of Grand Junction Block Party Trailer makes your block party easy – all you have to do is reserve the trailer, add some of our great weather, food, drinks and neighbors and you are ready to go … all at no cost to you.
What You Need to Know About the Trailer
There are permitting requirements in order to use the trailer. You will need a Street Closure Permit if you are planning to close the street. Required traffic signs and cones for street closure are included in the trailer, available at no cost to the host. Please note, the block party trailer can only be used within city limits.
Depending on where you plan to use the trailer, you will need to indicate which of the following three processes, based on place and use, that you will follow when you reserve the trailer. Reservation of the trailer itself does not initiate these processes for you. Please email email@example.com and check on trailer availability as your first step.
Option #1. The Block Party Trailer will be used completely on private property such as parked in a private residence driveway, Homeowners Association common area or apartment parking lot with no impact to public right-of-way or other space utilized by the public.
Requirement: Letter from the property owner indicating participation/permission for use and a full description of how your event will be isolated from the general public and not impact the public right-of-way in any way. Submit a Block Party Trailer Permit application at least 3 weeks in advance of your event date.
Option #2. The Block Party Trailer will be used in public right-of-way to enhance a party in a neighborhood where a block of the street will be closed.
Requirement: Review the Block Party Trailer Contents, Care and Responsibilities and the Liability Statement of the Block Party Trailer. Both a Street Closure Permit application and a Block Party Trailer Permit application must be completed online. In conjunction with your Street Closure Permit application, please submit a sketch of your street closure plan. Submit all items at least 3 weeks in advance of your event date.
Option #3. The Block Party Trailer will be used at or near a public park.
The City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department has a separate permitting process for use of areas or shelters within our numerous park. Please contact Parks and Recreation at 970-254-3866 or visit their office at 1240 Gunnison Avenue (in Lincoln Park) to apply for park and/or shelter use. Make sure to note in your application that you will be requesting use of the Block Party Trailer.
Requirement: The approved parks permit and a letter from the event organizer indicating that a parks permit has been approved with a full description of how your event will be isolated from the general public and not impact other areas of the park and include it as an attachment to the Block Party Trailer Permit. Submit at least 3 weeks in advance of your event date.
Be Sure to Find the Right Space
Please note that the Block Party Trailer is 7 feet wide, 14 feet long and 7 feet 6 inches tall. A city staff member will drop off and pick up the Block Party Trailer, and we ask that you find a location that makes it easy to maneuver it. The front or tongue side of the Block Party Trailer also needs to be clear for delivery and pick-up for the truck that will be towing – PLEASE MAKE SURE NO VEHICLES OR OTHER OBSTURCTIONS ARE BLOCKING IT when ready to be picked up. The Block Party Trailer cannot be parked in alleyways. Be sure that the trailer is in a location that it can stay for the duration for the weekend, as city staff will drop off the Block Party Trailer on Friday and pick up on Monday.