Church on North Ave. torn down, CMU outdoor program to replace it

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- You may have noticed, the church near North Avenue and 11th Street was torn down Tuesday. It will be the new location of CMU's Outdoor Program.

"It feels like a little earthquake,” said Marilyn Trueblood at Frieda’s Boutique.

Marilyn works across the road at Frieda's Boutique. She watched as the walls were ripped apart and bricks came tumbling down.

"You could hear the rumble…and then all the dust went into the air,” said Trueblood.

Colorado Mesa University wants to turn the busy city center location into an adventurers paradise.

"The reality is that we have an immense amount of demand both in community and on campus,” said John Marshall, Vice President for Student Services at CMU.

The outdoor program is currently hidden along 12th Street. Staff say this new location will help open up their accessibility and welcome the public to campus.

"With more access to equipment rentals and for students many more trips and experiencing the great outdoors and what a great playground in Western Colorado,” said Marshall.

The cost for those renovations $400,000.

"We really need to expand that program we live in a great community for outdoor recreation,” said Marshall.

Allowing students, staff, and the public to rent equipment and explore what the Grand Valley has to offer.

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