Grand Junction parks and rec director retiring

Rob Schoeber
Rob Schoeber

The man who’s led the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department for a decade and been involved in construction and renovation projects at a variety of facilities has announced his retirement.

Rob Schoeber said he expects to retire effective in December.

“I have been fortunate to work with an extremely energetic and dedicated department in Grand Junction,” Schoeber said. “Over the past 10 years, we have been involved in many local partnerships that have enabled us to further develop our programs and capital projects. It has been a privilege to work closely with individuals who are dedicated to leisure programs and facilities.”

City Manager Greg Caton praised Schoeber and his efforts. “Rob and his staff have really exhibited solid execution when it comes to how high-quality parks and recreation programming contributes to the overall quality of life in a community as well as a what a key role it can play in economic development. Grand Junction is in a very good place right now with our sports facilities and amenities, and Rob’s leadership helped get us there. We wish him nothing but the best, but he will be missed.”

Schoeber joined the City of Grand Junction in 2008. Before that, he worked in Wyoming as parks and recreation director in Cody for 17 years and in the same position in Rawlins for four years.

During Schoeber’s tenure in Grand Junction, he was involved in the renovation of Stocker Stadium and Suplizio Field and the construction of the hospitality tower there, the completion of the first phase of Las Colonias Park and an amphitheater, additional renovations at various city parks and a community center feasibility study.

Schoeber also has represented the city on boards and commission. He serves on the Grand Valley Sports Commission and the Junior College World Series Committee.