As for the kids; the children made up games, such as playing house, fashioning a rope swing to a tree, sledding on homemade sleds or wrestling. Often at Christmas there would be a play with young thespians showing off their acting skills.
Today things have changed dramatically. We have the Grand Valley Recreation Center and the Battlement Mesa Golf Course; open to the public. The District offers numerous sports and social activities for children and adults. The Community Park Western Town and playground opened to the public in June 2017 thanks to the support and grants from Garfield County Federal & Mineral Lease District and GOCO.
The Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park and Recreation District (PBMPRD) was formed over 35 years ago. January of 1983 to be exact. PBMPRD was originally designed to serve a population of over 20,000 residents.
Even though the population has fluctuated dramatically since then, with the original plans catered for population growth rates from the oil shale boom of 1981-1982, the dedication to the area has never faltered. The opportunity that PBMPRD had to form such a district was unique; and it is not often that recreation districts have the good fortune of having private oil shale industry build recreation infrastructure.
Prior to 2016 PBMPRD consisted primarily of sports programs. Effective January 2016 the Grand Valley Recreation Center and Battlement Mesa Golf Club were transferred to PBMPRD. The responsibility for operations and management of these entities was achieved without incurring indebtedness to the tax payer.
The Battlement Mesa Golf Club has been ranked as one of the “Best Courses in America You Can Play” by Golf Digest. Our unique and breathtaking setting is used to its full advantage on the course with high plains plateau overlooking none other than the Colorado River.
We are proud of our 53,000 sq. ft. indoor recreation center, that includes an indoor junior Olympic size swimming pool, hot tub, dry sauna and gymnasium available for basketball, pickle ball, and volleyball. We offer a state-of-the-art cardio and weight lifting rooms, along with meeting rooms and a caterer’s kitchen ready to handle any event you need. Additional amenities include, tennis courts, racquetball courts, game room, and indoor running track.
Nowadays the district serves approximate 7500 residents, as well as patrons from outside the district. Both residents and nonresidents enjoy the plethora of indoor and outdoor activities available not only for all age levels, but for all abilities and needs.
Our passion is to build community. A place where all families feel welcome to engage in all activities readily available within our district.