Chronicle of Lake Powell | Canyon Club and City Collaborate on Shade Structure Project

Three new shade structures have been installed at the Coconino Community College Page Center, the result of a cooperative effort between the Canyon Club of Page and the City of Page.

Canyon Club President Ken Sichi said the idea for the structures, which provide shade for picnic tables outside the college’s main building, came about when the club was looking for a new project after the opening of Grandview Knoll last year and the installation of a bicycle repair station. on the Rimview Trail near Lake View Elementary School.

“We had finished our big project at Grandview Knoll, and then we did another project, the bike repair station, next to Lake View School,” Sichi said.

“The bike repair station was a collaboration that we did with the city, with Parks and Rec. It was kind of a test to see if we could help each other. The club can maximize our dollars by working with the city, using their labor or some of their materials.”

The shade structure project was recommended by Canyon Club member Kay Leum. Sichi said the budget for the project was correct and the club worked with City Manager Darren Coldwell and Director of Public Works Kyle Christiansen on the installation.

The Canyon Club purchased the shade structures for about $17,000, while the city provided the labor, concrete and equipment for the installation, which was completed this month. last.

“It just fell into place. We provided the shade structures and the city did the concrete work and installation,” said Sichi, adding that in the future there will be more collaboration between the club and the city. “We want to thank the city and Darren and Kyle for their help on the project.”

The Canyon Club is a non-profit organization, and its projects – as well as the scholarships it awards – are all based on fundraising, the most significant of which is the ball rolling “Life’s a Ball” on the Sixth Avenue during the Balloon Regatta in November.

“The Canyon Club’s mission is to do what we can to make Page a better place,” Leum said. “So we’re looking for projects like shade structures that seem more inviting and friendly, a comfortable place for people in the library and college to sit.”

Sichi said the Canyon Club is meeting with staff from the city’s Parks and Recreation Department this week to determine if there are other projects the club and city can collaborate on.

“These two projects we’ve done with the city have worked really well, so we decided to see what the city is up to in terms of parks and recreation. Maybe there’s something out there that we’d like to pick up and help,” he said.

Leum said the Canyon Club is always looking for new members who want to help make Page a better place to live. The club holds luncheons on the first and third Wednesday of each month at Gone West, and anyone interested is welcome.

The club also hosts monthly socials on Fridays at the Courtyard by Marriott, which are free and open to the public. The next one is scheduled for July 15 and will feature a talk by Grand Canyon historian, hiker, river runner and adventurer Tom Martin. Social hour starts at 6 p.m. and presentation is at 7 p.m.