Council gets look at nature trail, arboretum

The Grand Junction City Council got a sneak peek at the tree and nature theme Lincoln Park Redevelopment before approving the contract for the second phase of the project Wednesday evening.

“A lot of these elements were designed by the people who will be using them,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Rob Schoeber.

One that came from the public is the removal of the loop road that will begin this fall, following access improvements that start this month on 12th Street and an educational arboretum trail that will soon be completed around the park.

The $1.3 million project also includes a new playground with 1,400 feet of sidewalk, ramps, swings and sensory toys, making it more accessible to those with disabilities. This will be seen next year along with tennis, QuickStart Tennis and Pickle-Ball courts, 86 more parking spaces and safety features such as a crosswalk from Stocker Stadium.

New restrooms have already been installed and in October, a local high school student coordinated a team to put in signposts for the arboretum trail. Forty posts will educate visitors using technology on the 69 species of trees in the park.

“The action tonight will pave the trail,” Schoeber said.

Funding comes from a Great Outdoors Colorado grant, matching money from the City of Grand Junction and community partners.

Councilors said they were impressed with the project and city officials who have heard complaints about parking said they are adding parking at every opportunity.


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