‘Sum-sum-summertime’ Grand Valley numbers to reflect on for summer
There are only 26 days left until school starts for most District 51 students.
If you are a Caprock Academy student, make that four days.
Alas, the barefoot, jump-in-the-pool, school-free days of summer are drawing to an end.
With this in mind, here are some numbers to reflect on from our summer so far.
For our purposes, these numbers are from June through mid-July. (Yes, we know the summer solstice was June 21, but many of us add all of June into summertime.)
So while school days aren’t far off, there is still time to make some summertime memories and numbers of your own and add them to this accounting. (Besides, the Autumnal Equinox isn’t until Sept. 22.)
People participating in Summer Reading at Mesa County Libraries. Break it down: That’s 930 adults, 730 teens, 2,025 children and 981 young children (younger than school age). You can still sign up for the Summer Reading program, which runs through Aug. 5 and offers a number of activities and prizes. Go to mesacountylibraries.org/summerreading to learn about the program.
Boats have launched at Highline Lake between June 1 and July 15, according to Alan Martinez, park manager. The park allows 40 boats on the lake at a time.
People went to the Grand Junction Rockies game against the Orem Owlz on July 4 at Suplizio Field. That is the highest attendance for a Rockies game so far this season.
The highest attendance ever at a Grand Junction Rockies game: 6,402 people on July 4, 2015.
The number of times the Gunnison Shelter was rented at Canyon View Park. It was the most-frequently rented picnic shelter in a Grand Junction park between June 1 and mid-July. The Gunnison Shelter is near Canyon View’s soccer fields, and there recently have been a number of camps — soccer, cheerleading and so on — in that area, according to the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department. In second place: Ash Shelter near the playground at Lincoln Park. It was rented 32 times.
Days of the past 48 without even a trace of rain. Of those days, 34 of them came all in a row, from June 6 to July 9. But there has been at least a trace of rain most days in the past week, as the monsoon season moves in, causing afternoon showers, which also should help cool down this summer’s scorching temperatures.
Cups and cones of ice cream or gelato sold at Gelato Junction. Kris Meil, who has owned the Main Street cream and coffee shop since October 2015, has had to hired a couple more employees for her store to keep up with the demand. She guesses the extra hot weather has brought more people than usual into her store, where she and her team of scoopers fly through 75 gallons of cold, creamy goodness each week.
48 Cats 39 Dogs
Adopted from Roice-Hurst Humane Society between June 1 and July 18. The number of dog versus cat adoptions fluctuates each month, but lately, kitten adoptions have been pretty popular, according to Roice-Hurst. Interested in adopting? Go to rhhumanesociety.org.
Admissions counted at Lincoln Park-Moyer Swimming Pool. That whopping figure, about half the population of Grand Junction, doesn’t include those who came to the pool just for swimming lessons. According to city officials, the busiest days are the hottest days, the holidays — around 1,200 people visited the pool on July 4 — and Wednesdays, which are free.
Number of pints sold in-house by the three Kannah Creek Brewing Co. locations. For those of you who would like the full statistics, that is 1,145 pints a day, about 114 per each hour the brewhouses are typically open, or nearly two pints per minute. The most popular beer orders this summer? The English-style Island Mesa Blonde and German-style Lands End Amber.
Days with high temperatures reaching the triple digits. Grand Junction’s typical average high for June is 87.6 degrees, yet there were 23 days in June this year with highs over 90, making for an average of 93.8 degrees. As for July, every day save one has surpassed 90 degrees. The average so far is 97.2, compared to the normal average high for the month of 94.3 degrees.
Pies bought by hungry customers at Fruita’s famous Hot Tomato pizzeria. The most popular buy? The Icarus pie, followed by Granny’s Pesto. But that trend is about to change. Next week, Hot Tomato adds its annual peach pizza to the menu, and it will be sold until perfectly ripe Palisade peaches can no longer be found. Last year, Hot Tomato sold 2,090 peach pizzas.