Grant to fund improvements at Dos Rios development

The City of Grand Junction will use a $400,000 grant to fund public improvements at the Riverfront at Dos Rios development.

The grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) will fund a splash park and beach area as part of a destination playground.

“Dos Rios is a great example of the type of transformation we are seeing across our community that is driven by the city and its private partners,” said Grand Junction Mayor Anna Stout. “We are grateful for DOLA’s strong support of this public amenity that further leverages investments the city has already made at Dos Rios and the larger riverfront revitalization.”

The 40-acre Riverfront at Dos Rios development will combine nearly 16 acres of parks and open space with 10 acres of light industrial and commercial use and another 10 acres of mixed uses. Streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks and utilities have been installed, as has a bike playground.

The development offers access to the Colorado River as well as a trail system, greenspace and downtown district.

Stout said the area has undergone a dramatic transformation over the years.

“I grew up on Orchard Mesa, and we drove across that junkyard every time we came into town. We plugged our noses when we crossed the Fifth Street bridge because of the rendering plant and we knew, even as children, that the river divided the good Grand Junction from where we lived. I am thrilled now that this is the site that unites and welcomes our whole community.”