Renaming city park not ‘RocketÂ’ science

Melrose Park? Isn’t that a television show on some cable network?

That’s about how familiar the name of one of Grand Junction’s older city parks is — was — to a great majority of residents of this community.

But the new name approved this week by the Grand Junction City Council is a different matter.

Ask people who have lived around here for any length of time where Rocket Park is — especially if they have children — and they’re likely to quickly point you in the direction of the expanse of playground equipment and open space at 26th Street and Orchard Avenue. You know, the one with the 30-foot steel skeleton of a rocket that has been a favorite climbing structure for children since the 1960s.

The name change is part of a moderinization of the park that will cost approximately $300,000. That will pay for a new picnic shelter, restrooms pathways and playground equipment. The new equipment will have a rocket theme.

The original rocket will be decommissioned as a play item because of safety concerns. It will be relocated in a different part of the park.But it will also be remembered through the new name for the park.

We’re pleased to see that the City Council recognized the importance of the name and officially gave that moniker to what has long been known informally as Rocket Park.


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