Rio Grande Farm Park
Nestled in Alamosa, Colorado, the Rio Grande Farm Park holds at its core Preservation and Creation: the preservation of the San Luis Valley's agricultural heritage, precious water resource, and open public spaces, the creation of economic development, healthy living practices, and educational opportunities.
This ground-breaking project is being developed under the umbrella organization San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition. The Farm Park is currently working on several programs and initiatives, including a beginning farmer incubator for aspiring farmers to create their own micro-business, community farm plots, environmental education, outdoor recreation, and making strides towards the build-out of the community created master plan. To support our efforts and receive some fun perks join the Friends of the Rio Grande Farm Park at www.riograndfarmpark.org/friendsof.
Visit us! We are located at the East entrance of Alamosa in South-Central Colorado on HWY 17 just north of HWY 160. We have monthly workdays at the Park the last Saturday of every month (weather permitting). For more info visit www.riograndefarmpark.org »» or Find Us on
Community Receives Grant from The Colorado Health Foundation to Activate Places and Spaces AN Opportunity for Great Fun!
Collaboration of local entities receives grant from The Colorado Health Foundation to activate the Rio Grande Corridor with a soft opening on June 25th-26th.
Alamosa, CO., June 21, 2016 A generous grant from the Colorado Health Foundation will fund a new "Weekends on the Rio" program, with an expanded Sundays at Six concert schedule and outdoor activities earlier in the day such as yoga, running clinics, youth bicycle clinics and paddle boarding at Cole Park and the Rio Grande Farm Park. Additionally, funding for monthly workdays at the Rio Grande Farm Park, begins this Saturday June 25th at 9am, and will be held on the last Saturday of every month providing an opportunity for families to work on the Farm Park.
"This summer we are adding a variety of fun activities for youth and families to enjoy on the weekends, as well as year-round activities to get people outside and enjoy the Rio Grande Corridor," Julie Mordecai, director of the Rio Grande Farm Park explained. "Our team came together to try to figure out how to get people more engaged in the community and enjoy our parks year-round."
Team members include staff and members of the City of Alamosa, The Alamosa Live Music Association, Adams State Adventure Program, Fit Discover (Jeff Owsley), Kristi Mountain Sports, the Rio Grande Farm Park, Cairn Yoga (Jessica Chacon), Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley, Walk2Connect and the San Juan Nordic Club. The resulting program is called Weekends on the Rio.
Mark your calendar for these Sundays at Six performances at Cole Park, which now will include a multitude of other activities under the auspices of
Weekends on the Rio:
- June 26th: The Vogts Sisters (Bluegrass/Folk)
- July 10th: Western Centuries (Country)
- July 17th: Antonio Lopez and Emily Robinson (Singer Songwriters)
- July 24th: Black Lilies (Americana)
- July 31st: Richmond Brothers (Country/Americana)
- August 7th: Mariachi San Luis (Mexican Folk)
- August 21st: SLV Big Band
- August 28th: TBA (Big name performers focusing on all ages)
- September 25th (noon to 5): 3rd Annual Harvest Soiree, LOCAL!, to be held at the Rio Grande Farm Park (Entry cost is $5 per person.)
Building on the wonderful Sundays at Six program that is in its 10th year, Weekends on the Rio will provide all kinds of fun outdoor activities before the concerts:
- 2:30-3:30 pm: Afternoon Yoga with Jessica Chacon and friends from Cairn Yoga. Chacon welcomes all ages and levels. Some mats will be provided, or bare feet on the grass will work as well.
- 4:00 pm: Running Clinics with running celebrities. There is a $5 fee for each clinic; scholarships will be available. These clinics will be great fun for the amateur as well as elite runners.
- 6:00-7:30 pm: Bicycling Clinics for Kids. Adams State Adventure Sports and other bicyclists will provide fun and informative clinics each week at the Cole Park Pump Track and Skate Park. Bring your own bike but if you don't have one, Kristi Mountain Sports and the Colorado Health Foundation have generously helped provide some to borrow.
- 4:00-6:30 pm.: Stand-up Paddle boarding on the Rio Grande. Learn how to kneel, stand and paddle up and down stream. A wonderful family activity (easier than it looks too!).
In the winter, families and youth will get a chance to try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing along the Rio Grande with free equipment rentals and instruction provided by the members of the San Juan Nordic Club. These programs will be on Saturdays. Check the club's web page for more information sjnordic.wordpress.com
An exciting year-round program called Walk2Connect will begin in August. Community leaders from all over the Valley will be invited to participate in this program. "Walk2Connect is an innovative social enterprise working to create whole-health walking programs focused on connection to others, to the places we live, and ourselves," said program founder Jonathan Stalls. He will be in Alamosa Aug. 1-3 to work with and train anyone who wishes to lead weekly walks throughout Alamosa and other communities. He will design some walks, do a keynote address, train walk leaders and take the community on some amazing walks!
There are more activities in store. The Adams State Adventure Program and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley will work with the Rio Grande Farm Park to provide three one-week Summer Adventure Camps in June 2017. This camp will be designed over the winter, and will be provided to three age groups.
Please come out and enjoy all that these programs have to offer. The Weekends on the Rio committee has great plans to make the Rio Grande Corridor full of fun and adventure! A website is being developed at WeekendsOnTheRio.com. Information also is posted on the Weekends on the Rio Facebook page. For more information, please contact Julie Mordecai at 719-580-0379 or email at Director.firstname.lastname@example.org
SLVLFC CLOSES ON FARM PARK!
The Rio Grande Farm Park - Protection of the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park Complete! Read Full Press Release »»
Rio Grande Healthy Living Park - Funding Secured!
The Trust for Public Land (TPL), the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition (LFC), and Colorado Open Lands (COL) will complete the permanent acquisition and protection of the 38-acre Polston School property in Alamosa, Colorado as the site of the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park, thanks to two significant grants announced today. Specifically, the Trust for Public Land has secured $700,000 from the LOR Foundation and $254,000 from the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund (GOCO).
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Please visit the Healthy Living Park website (now Rio Grande Farm Park) to learn more about our vision for this wonderful initiative along with park development plans and much more!