Battlement Mesa, Colorado   

October 2013 
Battlement Mesa News
Community Golf Classic 

Thanks to the generous support of many local residents and businesses, the Third Annual Community Golf Classic raised over $10,000 for the Community Park  on Saturday, September 28th, 2013.  


The weather was great, the Battlement Mesa Golf Course was in excellent condition and the participants in the 3rd Annual Community Golf Classic enjoyed a fun-filled day of golf. 

This year's Community Classic was held on September 28th and followed the usual 10 AM shot gun start.  The early morning frost that coated the course added to the magical appearance of the course and was a wonderful contrast to the fall colors.  Despite the frost, the event started on time.

The Classic wrapped up with a wonderful lunch prepared by Alain Senac, drawings for prizes, a real auction and awards for the winners. 

100% of the net proceeds were contributed to the Community Park Project.

The funds raised at the 3rd Annual Battlement Mesa / Parachute Community Classic will be used as matching funds for a grant request to continue the development of the new 6.2 acre Community Park.  The Community Classic was hosted by Common Ground and made possible by the generous support of the Battlement Mesa Golf Club and local businesses.

To View a slide show of the 2013 Community Golf Classic Click Here.

Click here to view a video taken at the 2012 Community Golf Classic.

Grand Valley Quilt Show Draws a Record Crowd

The 2013 Grand Valley Quilt Show not only attracted so many quilts that the Historic Battlement School was nearly overflowing, but attracted record attendance as well!

The Quilt Show was held on Saturday, September 28th from 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday, September 29th from 11 AM to 3 PM.

This annual show, which is sponsored by the Grand Valley Historical Society and the Grand Valley Sew & Sew Quilters, was held at the Battlement School, 7235 Road 300, Battlement Mesa, Colorado.

The show was worth far more than the suggested $3 donation!  
As always, the Tom Glover cabin was popular with Quilt Show attendees.  In addition to the cabin's normal appeal, a "Turning" (of many antique quilts) was held throughout the event. 
CLICK HERE to watch a 16 minute video of the Turning
Many local residents displayed their works of art but the show attracts many participants from outside of the local area, including from the Front Range.

It gets bigger and better every year!  

The Thomas Glover was among the first cabins built up Parachute Creek and was moved several miles to its' present location in 2009 and completely restored.  Today it is furnished as if it was a schoolmarm's residence.  

The Historical Battlement School is on the National Register of Historical places.  It was built in two parts; the original school in 1897 and an addition in 1907.  It is constructed of native stone from a quarry two miles from the school's location.
It is one of our Community's Signature Events and if you attended the 2013 Oktoberfest, you know why it draws a crowd:  Fireworks, Food, Magic, Music and Fun! 

The 2013 Oktoberfest was, again, held at Cottonwood Park, and as it always does, the event which always includes Food, Music, Fun for all ages and Fireworks for all ended way after dark with a big bang!

There was a small fee for the food but everything else was FREE!

Oktoberfest is an annual event in the Parachute / Battlement Mesa community and is hosted by the Parachute  / Battlement Mesa Chamber of Commerce and is made possible by the support from a number of businesses, organizations and many, many volunteers. 
There was something for everyone!

Food, Face Painting, Magic, Music, Dancing, Bump and Jump, plus a chance to just "hang out" with friends or family. 
Everyone came for the FIREWORKS! 
Oktoberfest is held in Cottonwood Park, in Parachute.

CLICK HERE to view a slide show of the 2013 Oktoberfest

Click here to view a video taken at the 2012 Oktoberfest

Fireworks photos courtesy of Karen Klink.
Covenant Corner
Covenant Protected Community

In the spirit of educating more and enforcing less, Covenant Corner is a regular feature in the Battlement Mesa Newsletter. Experience has taught us that most people will comply with the covenants if they know what the covenant says.  


In this issue, we'll explore Article VIII, 8.3 No Noxious or Offensive Activity section of the Amended and Restated Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Battlement Mesa. 


No Noxious or Offensive Activity  


No noxious or offensive activity shall be carried on upon any property within the Service Association Area, nor shall anything be done or placed thereon which is or may become a nuisance or which is or may cause an unreasonable embarrassment, disturbance or annoyance to others.


The noxious or offensive activity covenant is short and very broad.  Unfortunately, that also says that it means different things to different people.  The best advice that we can offer on complying with this provision of our covenants, is "if your neighbors are complaining about what you are doing, perhaps you shouldn't be doing it."  


Please remember that sub-associations may have more restrictive covenants than the BMSA.  Also, residents of Canyon View, Mesa Ridge and Valley View Townhomes and Condos must remember that their property is generally limited to the outside of the foundation walls of their home.  Everything else is common area.  


More detail on these and other covenant regulation are AVAILABLE HERE or on  

Do You Know Where This Was Taken? 


How well do you know our community?  Test yourself against others. 







If you think that you know what the photo on the right is and where it was taken email us at   


Correct replies will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate from Bodacious Bites in Saddleback Center. 


(What, you haven't eaten at Bodacious Bite yet?  You should!)    

Last months photo, shown on the left, was correctly identified by Roxanne Jones.  Congratulations!

 This is a photo of the two wheeled cart at the entrance to the John and Jodi Lyons Ranch.

Don't Forget: Fall Craft Show at Grand Valley High School

The 30th Annual Grand Valley Craft Fair will be held on November 23, 2013 from 9 AM to 4 PM.  As usual, the craft fair will be at the Grand Valley High School, 800 Cardinal Way, Parachute.

130 plus booths, a concession stand and huge amounts of handcrafted holiday gift items are expected. 
As the accompanying photo from the 2010 event shows, the craft fair always draws a huge crowd so plan to arrive early!  This event is sponsored by the Parachute Battlement Mesa Park and Rec District.  For more information contact Mary Anderson at 970.285.0388.
Did You See Them?

Fortunately, the leaking roof at the Grand Valley Recreation Center is a thing of the past!

Thanks to funding from a second Federal Mineral Lease District grant, contractors have recently completed the necessary roof repairs at the Grand Valley Recreation Center.
  The roof over the pool was previously replaced with FMD funding.
Meet Your Delegate


Each Battlement Mesa Village is represented by an elected Delegate that serves on the Battlement Mesa Service Association Board of Directors. Delegates are elected to a three year term.  Since there are no term limits for Delegates, frequently Delegates serve multiple terms.


This month, we are introducing Joel Toomey, Stone Ridge's Delegate.


In July 2011, Joel and his wife, Sandra moved to Battlement Mesa from Marietta, Georgia where they had lived for over forty years.


Prior to the across the country move, the Toomey's sold their real estate appraisal company near Atlanta and retired.  It seems as though the Toomey's immediately became involved in the community as soon as they arrived in Battlement Mesa and are both very active in Common Ground.  Joel, who attended the University of Tennessee, and Sandra have one son.  Their son, Brandon and his wife, Nicole and their son, Peyton, live in Aspen. 


Joel's hobbies include learning to fly fish and golf.  Sandra and Joel, both were active participants in the work involved with Common Ground's organization and hosting of the recent Community Golf Classic.  


When asked "Why serve on the BMSA board?" Joel said, "I was willing to serve on the BMSA board to help our new community and to learn more about our neighborhood.  And besides, I like meeting new people in our community."


The BMSA Board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center.  All of the BMSA meetings are open to the public.


Watch future Newsletters for articles about each of the Delegates!
In This Issue
Community Golf Classic
Grand Valley Quilt Show
Covenant Corner
Do You Know?
30th Annual Craft Fair
The Federal Mineral Lease District Awards Grant
Meet Your Delegate
About Us
Don't You Love Fall?
Grand River Health Building
P. T. Barnum Visits Battlement Mesa
Little Known Facts
Dates to Remember
  About Us
Nestled on a mesa in the picturesque Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains, Battlement Mesa, Colorado is an unincorporated 3,200 acre, residential community with approximately 5,000 residents.  Situated on a mesa above the Colorado River with high desert mountain views of The Battlements and The Roan Plateau, Battlement Mesa offers a unique community with magnificent scenery and a quiet, peaceful, healthy lifestyle.

Battlement Mesa, Colorado....
A Great place to Visit, to Work, to Live or to Retire!


401 Arroyo Drive
Battlement Mesa, CO 81636
For additional information about Battlement Mesa visit us online at
Isn't Fall Wonderful?
Fall: It seems like it is everyone's favorite time of the year.  Maybe this is why.

 Photos by Elk Peaks Photography
Have You Noticed the Progress that has been made on Grand River Health's New Center?
They are now adding the brick, the landscaping has begun and the streets are beginning to, well, look like streets!

We're told that Grand River Health is on target for an early 2014 opening!

The facility is being built at the corner of Spencer and Sipprelle.

P. T. Barnum Visits the Historic Battlement School
The Grand Valley Historical Society hosted P. T. Barnum (his stand in, at least). 

On October 12th, Doug Mishler presented a "reenactment" of P T Barnum at the Society's Battlement School. 

This talented individual deserved a "packed house" but unfortunately it wasn't a packed house.  Please, do yourself a favor, when you have another opportunity to experience a future presentation of a historical person that is hosted by the Grand Valley Historical Society, don't miss it.

And, be sure to check the Battlement Mesa website: We'll be posting some of this presentation on the website soon.  (Look for "View All Videos" on the home page). 

Anyone who heard this presentation would tell you that this man's talent is "over the top."  The event was free to Grand Valley Historical Society members and nearly so for the general public. 

Below, Doug Mishler as P. T. Barnum.


Above photo, Doug Mishler as Doug Mishler.

Little Known Facts
If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day (assuming it isn't cloudy).
Dates to Remember
Click to View full Community Calendar
October 15th, 9 AM at GVRC
BMSA Board of Directors Meeting
October 26th, pickups in Parachute and Battlement Mesa
 25th Annual Kiwanis Food Drive for LIFT-UP
October 28th, 3:30-5:30 PM, Parachute Branch Library
Teen Zombie Party to Celebrate Halloween
October 29th, 3 PM at GVRC
KSUN Board of Directors Meeting
October 30th, 9 AM at GVFPD, Station #1
Grand Valley Fire Special Board of Directors Meeting
October 31st, 8:15 AM. Meet at GVRC
Grand Valley Hikers, Monument Canyon Hike
October 31st, at O'Dark-Thirty
Halloween Night
November 6th, 1 PM
Community Conversations Meeting
November 7th, 8:15 AM, Meet at GVRCGrand Valley Hikers, Lion's Mack Ridge Loop
November 7th, 6 PMParachute Pix: Independent Film, "Mud"
November 14th, 8:15 AM, Meet at GVRC
Grand Valley Hikers, No Thoroughfare Canyon
November 19th, 9:00 AM at GVRCBMSA Board of Directors Meeting
November 21st 9 AM at BMMD officeBMMD Board of Directors Meeting
November 23rd, 9 AM - 4 PM, Grand Valley High School
30th Annual Craft Show
November 28th
Thanksgiving Day
  • Cottonwood Park - Cottonwood Park, turn South off of Cardinal Way on Colorado Avenue
  • BMMD Office - Battlement Mesa Metro District, 401 Arroyo Drive, Battlement Mesa
  • GVFPD, Station #1 - Grand Valley Fire Protection District, Station #1, 124 Stone Quarry Road, Battlement Mesa
  • GVRC - Grand Valley Rec Center, 398 Arroyo Drive, Battlement Mesa
  • Parachute Library - Parachute Library, 244 Grand Valley Way, Parachute  
Battlement Mesa News is written and distributed by the Battlement Mesa Service Association.  
 All Newsletter photos have been provided by Elk Peaks Photography unless otherwise noted.  Copies of photos used herein are available upon request.  970.285.7482