GJ Parks and Recreation department all about fun

The Grand Junction Parks and Recreation department tries to offer something for everyone, even if that someone is a clown.

One of the more unique programs this fall is clowning, with Lorie Gregor teaching people how to become a clown.

“She’s a certified clowning expert and she’s been through the school and is certified to be able to teach other people how to be clowns,” said Recreation Superintendent Traci Wieland.

“There will be a kids class, teen class and adult class, and it should be a lot of fun.”

The fall activity guide will be released Aug. 19 on the city website (http://www.gjcity.org, go to the “recreation” link).

The printed version will be available Aug. 29 at the Parks and Recreation office in Lincoln Park, 1340 Gunnison Ave.

“We are always trying to evolve and do new things,” Wieland said. “We try to introduce five new programs each year.”

The fall activity guide runs through December, with the winter guide coming out after the first of the year.

Wieland said fall is one of the busiest times for team sports. Parks and Rec has its girls youth basketball in the fall and has signups for the boys league.

“Youth women’s basketball is very popular and toward the tail end, we sign up for boys youth basketball,” Wieland said. “Those are the largest youth programs; there are about 400 girls players and the boys have about 600 players.”

The fall also offers plenty of adult sports, including the popular indoor volleyball league.

The volleyball program has about 70 teams in four different leagues, ranging from leisure to competitive.

“Volleyball has been around 25 years and we still have folks that have been playing season after season,” Wieland said.

There are also fall flag football and softball leagues.

A pair of 5-kilometer runs, Matchett Trail Run in October and the Jingle Bell Run in December, are popular.

All programs are reviewed and offerings from other cities are studied to see what could enhance Grand Junction’s recreation program, Wieland said.

“We also get other agencies’ activity guides and take a twist off it if we can,” she said. “It may be titled the same but we always do some internal tweaks to make it better for the customer.”


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