2019-05-19 06:22:30

Fruita’s Imondi Wake Zone, 1583 Cipolla Road, has launched a new aqua park for guests ages 6 and up.

Imondi opened June 1, 2018, with an outdoor wake board cable park. The new aqua park serves as an expansion and includes a series of inflatable runways, jumping pillows and bouncers that are connected and floating on the lake. It also has ramps, jumps, ladders, a trampoline, slides and more. The new park officially opened Saturday. The cost for the aqua park is $20 per session. Sessions last for an hour and there is a capacity of 40 people.

The business will also change its hours starting May 27. After that day, Imondi will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to  8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. These hours will go through Sept. 5.

The wake zone reopened for the season April 12 and maintains limited hours until Memorial Day. It had closed for the winter Nov. 13. For information or to book a time, visit Imondiwakezone.com or call 639-0327.

Imondi Wake Zone co-owner Kodi Imondi said the first year went well for the new business and that the aqua park was a long-term goal for her and her husband, co-owner Victor Imondi.

“We’re really happy and looking forward to this season and growing action sports and water sports in general,” Kodi said.

Kodi added that the business is the only facility of its kind between Sacramento and Kansas City and draws customers from Denver and Salt Lake City.

Kodi said she and Victor both grew up doing water sports and first saw a cable system 11 years ago. The couple wanted to bring the product to Fruita where Kodi grew up. Victor hails from Rifle.

“We worked on this for 10 years,” Kodi said. “It’s a lot of time and commitment.”

■ Blaine’s Farm Store, 3419 U.S. Highway 6, is now open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days per week for the spring and summer seasons.

The store, which sells freshly grown produce such as tomatoes, lettuce, greens and radishes, had been open last weekend for Mother’s Day and the previous two weekends.

It opened for good this past Monday. The store typically closes in October.

This is the fifth season for Blaine’s Farm Store. The store is owned by local farmer Blaine Diffendaffer. There are three others who staff the store during business hours. For information, search for Blaine’s Farm Store on Facebook.

■ The U.S. Small Business Administration honored Grand Junction-based Timberline Bank as Colorado’s Community Bank Lender of the Year for 2018 in a May 10 ceremony.

The award recognizes a Colorado lender dedicated to small business lending in its community. The criteria included the number of rural SBA loans made. Timberline dedicated 50 percent of its SBA loan portfolio to rural lending.

Timberline is an independent, community bank founded in 2004 with locations in Grand Junction, Aspen and Montrose.

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