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 Block Parties - When 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 experienced due to neighborhoods hosting block parties.
Reserve the Neighborhood Block Party Trailer - The Neighborhood Program launched the Neighborhood Block Party Trailer the summer of 2019. After a successful first season we are hoping to bring the Block Party Trailer to many more neighborhoods in the year 2020! If you are interested in reserving the trailer, check out our resource page and contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.