Community Recreation Center Information

The Community Recreation Center planning process has resumed with several public meetings about a potential Community Recreation Center (CRC). A CRC was identified as the top priority in the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan (PROS). The CRC planning process has been guided by numerous surveys, focus groups, and meetings over the years, and it is imperative this continues as the CRC plan evolves.

The CRC planning process is divided into three distinct phases or work sessions. Phase 1 focused on site location, Phase 2 focused on funding and building program, and Phase 3 is focusing on a complete preliminary plan. 

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) is included in analyzing the public information received along with numerous other data points and public engagement. This process is being driven by community input so that the community has ownership of the final plan. 

Upcoming Work Session: Phase 3 - September 20, 2022

Phase 3 work sessions will be held on September 19 and 20. This portion of the planning will focus on the presentation of a Preliminary Community Recreation Center Plan.

The third Public Work Session will be held on September 20 at 6 p.m. at Faith Heights Church, 600 28 1/4 Road. Community members are invited to attend and provide feedback on the Plan.

Thank you for your continued interest and input in the potential Grand Junction Community Recreation Center. In the City's ongoing effort to engage and inform the community, the City is continuing to move forward with public participation and welcomes you and your direct input at upcoming public workshops.

Phase 2 Review: Funding Sources and Facility Components - July 2022

For Phase 2, the Community Recreation Center Funding Presentation (PDF) was provided to City Council and at various work sessions to the PRAB and community on July 18 and 19. Please click here to see a summarized video presentation on GJ Speaks. The video is located at the bottom of the GJ Speaks page. Discussion surrounded funding and two building programs, one with a total project cost of $55M at approximately 65,000 square feet in size and the other with a total project cost of $70M at approximately 83,000 square feet in size. Cannabis tax revenue devoted to parks and recreation was approved by voters in April 2021. While substantial, this funding source alone will not cover the cost to build a CRC in Grand Junction and a second funding source is needed. A survey conducted by professors from Colorado Mesa University in early 2022 revealed majority support for any one of three potential second funding sources:

  • 67% definite or probable support for a 0.15% sales tax;
  • 69% for a 3 mill increase (property tax); 
  • 79% supported a tax on nicotine products

Given this, the second Public Work Session focused on drilling further down on this result. The work session also described the two possible different building programs include the highest needs based on the CRC survey. The primary difference is the size and extent of each component. For example, both have leisure pools, fitness/weights and gym space. The larger version would have larger visions of these and additional components.  

The $55M option could be funded in one of three ways:

  • Cannabis revenue already secured + 0.1% sales tax increase
  • Cannabis revenue already secured + 2 mill property tax increase
  • Cannabis revenue already secured + $3 per pack tax on cigarettes plus a nicotine tax on all other products such as vaping, chew and cigars

The $70M option could be funded in one of three ways:

  • Cannabis revenue already secured + 0.15% sales tax increase
  • Cannabis revenue already secured + 3 mill property tax increase
  • Cannabis revenue already secured + $3 per pack tax on cigarettes plus a nicotine tax on all other products such as vaping, chew and cigars

Phase 1 Review: Site Location - June 2022

After Phase 1, and after reviewing all the public input, PRAB made a unanimous recommendation to City Council to pursue Matchett Park as the location for the potential CRC. City Council then approved Matchett Park as the potential location.