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Volleys: Grand Junction gains another hangout

Brittany Markert
bmarkert@gjfreepress.com
A view of the four courts and picnic tables at Volleys —1130 N. Third St., in Grand Junction.
Brittany Markert / bmarkert@gjfreepress.com | Free Press

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WHAT: Volleys

WHEN: Daily

WHERE: 1130 N. Third St., Grand Junction

COST: $5 for open play

INFO: Visit http://www.volleysgj.com or call 970-255-6666

There’s a new place to hang out with your friends and family. A mixture of barbecue, adult beverages, and sand volleyball — called Volleys — recently opened at 1130 N. Third St., in Grand Junction.

When Paul Herek moved to Mesa County three years ago from Nebraska, there wasn’t a place to play sand volleyball. That’s where the idea for Volleys first formed.

While visiting his family in his home state, he pitched the idea to them. His parents, Dave and Dori Herek, agreed to hop on board and moved to Grand Junction as partners. They then used the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction to create a business plan.



Volleys “is a great fit for Grand Junction,” Paul said.

The Hereks now lease the property formerly used as an outdoor ice rink — retrofitted to accommodate four sand volleyball courts. There is 460 cubic yards of sand — or 1,000 half-ton Chevy truck beds full. They obtained all the sand from a local contractor — Whitewater Building Materials.



BEER, BBQ & LEAGUES

The Hereks once owned a barbecue concession stand at the Nebraska Cornhuskers football games. Now they are sharing their award-winning barbecue ribs, pork, and chicken with Grand Valley residents. The menu also offers brats and a variety of sides. The drink menu includes Budweiser, Coors, beergahritas, along with mixed drinks, including a family specialty — “Sneaky Lenny,” a vodka infused drink.

Volleys will additionally be home to leagues for women, men, and coed teams (three men and three women). The cost for a team is $240 and each must have at least six members. For organized play, two eight-week sessions are set to begin Monday, May 5. Interested players can sign up for 20 time slots between Monday and Friday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Volleys will host youth programs, tournaments, and live music as well.

To sign up for leagues or more information, visit http://www.volleysgj.com or call 970-255-6666.


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