The city of La Junta has a wide variety of outdoor recreation options with a number of parks, eleven tennis courts, five large baseball fields, a public pool, a skate park and a roller hockey rink.
La Junta City Park, located at 10th and Colorado Avenue, has plenty of wide open spaces for relaxation or family fun. This park has lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, a stocked lake for youngsters to fish in, sand volleyball pit, modern playground equipment with a special area for toddlers, several picnic tables, the Sk8way skate park, horse shoe pits and room for a family ball game or a game of Frisbee. There are three large covered gazebos for family gatherings which can be used by the public any day or may be reserved through the city for special events or private parties. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Tippy Martinez Park, located at 16th and San Juan Avenue, has 7 tennis courts (4 with lights), basketball courts, Tippy Martinez baseball field, several picnic tables, roller hockey rink, a gazebo and modern playground equipment. The west side of the park has room to play Frisbee or croquet. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Potter Park, at Hwy 50 and Grant Avenue, features 2 baseball fields, shaded picnic tables, and a competition-sized swimming pool with the very fun Wipe Out water slide. It is also home to the Music at the Junction music festival held each summer. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
The Sk8Way Park, located at the south end of La Junta City Park, is a 16,646 square foot Tony Hawk design skateboard park. The Skate Park features an in-ground concrete design with a steel rail around the top for grinds, a snake run, 9 foot bowls, rails, jumps and an awesome street section. Ranked as one of the top ten skateparks in Colorado by professional skateboarders, this park has plenty of room for BMX bikers, bladers and skateboarders. Bring your gear and test your skills against locals and enthusiasts from all over the state. Sk8-Way is open from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. and admission is free.
La Junta Municipal Swimming Pool, located in Potter Park, is sure to provide you with hours of family fun. Splash around in the competition-sized pool, perfect your cannonball from one of the boards or for a little excitement take a run down the Wipe Out slide. For the little ones there is a separate wading pool and a beginners swim pool. There are plenty of covered picnic tables and room to spread out your towel to work on your tan. Several lifeguards are on duty and lockers are available for your valuables. When you have worked up an appetite, stop by the snack bar for a hot dog and a cool drink. The pool is open Daily 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday evenings 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. and Sundays - Family swim 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., admission is $2.00 for children under 5 and $2.50 for ages over 5. Every Monday admission is $.92 and a can food donation for the Associated Charities food bank.
The Music at the Junction summer music festival is an annual event held every summer at Potter Park. This is a great family event that is co-sponsored by the City of La Junta and the La Junta Chamber of Commerce to benefit the Arkansas Valley Hospice. Each year several bands play live on the big stage beginning at noon and playing until 9 p.m. The bands consist of several local groups as well as bands from Pueblo and Colorado Springs. Each band plays a variety of music ranging from blues, to country, classic and alternative rock.
Admission is very reasonable and advance tickets are available at various locations. The grounds are transformed from baseball diamond to event forum with large tents and plenty of seating. Or, bring your own gear, pick a spot and spread out in the outfield and get set to have a really good time. There are always several food vendors on hand offering everything from barbecue to funnel cakes. It's a great way to spend a summer afternoon with your family and help raise money for a good cause. Plan to visit La Junta when the Music at the Junction festival is on and you will find yourself picking out your spot for next year.
For more information about La Junta Parks and Rec, please contact:
La Junta Parks and Recreation Department
601 Colorado Ave.
La Junta, CO 81050