Las Colonias Amphitheater

Along the Colorado River waterfront area of the city of Grand Junction Colorado lies a city park known as Las Colonias Park. The development of this park area is a high priority of the city. Their desire is that it be anchored by an outdoor amphitheater complex that will be one of many activities in a “string of pearls” along the shores of the river.

The amphitheater will be tied to the other planned areas of the park by an existing paved trail along the wetland areas of the river shore. The building will be able to accommodate small events of around 500 people to larger events such as the yearly “Pork and Hops” music festival where up to 10,000 concert goers may show up. Due to the previous use of this shoreline area as a mine tailings repository, the area had to be remediated for possible radioactivity within the soil. Due to this remediation, soil will need to be imported into the site to create the audience area slope and viewing angles into the amphitheater stage. Approximately 20 acres will be used for the complex upon completion in the Spring of 2017.

The building is being designed to accommodate traveling bands and artists, local symphony performances throughout the summer as well as weekly movies-in-the-park for the community. The shell of the stage has been oriented so that a minimal amount of the surrounding residential areas of the community will be affected by a performance, in fact computer software simulations were utilized in order to provide the city and its residents peace of mind regarding these efforts. In the end this will be a spectacular performance venue for both performer and viewer. The surrounding natural mesas and wetland trails provide the perfect backdrop and setting for this venue which will launch the long-desired revival of this south area of Grand Junction.

Las Colonias Amphitheater
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