GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — One of Grand Junction’s latest outdoor attractions has been gaining popularity, but as the River Park at Las Colonias draws people in, it’s important to practice river safety.
Among many other things, Colorado is known for its white water river recreation, and the valley has its fair share of high-grade rapids.
But, the River Park is designed to be a more family friendly river attraction.
Although this park is meant to be easier to navigate than Colorado’s white water, the public still needs to consider the risks of a natural river.
Grand Junction Parks and Recreation knows of a few river park accidents since its opening and wants to remind everyone to stay safe.
“We want to make sure people understand that this is not a public pool– it’s not Lincoln Park– there are no lifeguards. It’s a water channel that’s off of the main channel… and one of the big things we have done is put a sign at the put-in that says boat entrance and take out is on one side– and river park access on the other.” – Ken Sherbenou, GJ Parks and Recreation
It’s important that patrons pay attention to the signs throughout the park so they don’t get swept into the wrong water.
It’s also recommended that you wear personal flotation devices, and of course, keep your distance from one another during this pandemic.
Grand Junction Parks and Recreation staff have been monitoring the park since its opening, handing out flyers with river park rules. See the flyer below.