Ceremony to officially open Grand Junction river park

Ken Sherbenou

A ribbon-cutting ceremony has been scheduled to officially open a river park at Las Colonias Park in Grand Junction.

The ceremony is set for 4 p.m. May 27 at the Mariposa shelter just south of the butterfly pond. After the ceremony, a river park parade is planned. Food trucks and Gelato Junction will serve fare.

The City of Grand Junction and Grand Junction Stand Up Paddle will supply river float tubes. Those who have float tubes, paddleboards, kayaks, and other flotation devices are encouraged to bring them. There no lifeguards are on duty, and lifejackets are strongly recommended.  

“The river park is a game-changer for local and accessible outdoor recreation in Grand Junction,”  said Ken Sherbenou, director of Grand Junction Parks & Recreation. “It has opened river-based recreation to most everyone, which adds to the quality of life in Grand Junction.”

Sandbags that prevent flow into the river park channel were removed on May 20, and the park is open for use. Sandbags remain in place when river flows fall below 810 cubic feet per second. When river flows exceed 810 cfs, sandbags are removed, and water flows from the main channel of the Colorado River into the river park channel. 

The $1.2 million river park project was funded by grants from Great Outdoors Colorado and the Colorado Water Conservation Board as well as the City of Grand Junction, Colorado Basin Roundtable, Downtown Grand Junction and One Riverfront. The project also was made possible through partnerships with Bonsai, Colorado Mesa University and the U. S. Department of Energy.