Here’s your chance to fine-tune plans for future Las Colonias Park by river

You’ll probably use Las Colonias Park once it’s developed, so you might as well help plan it.

Grand Junction city park planners want your input during a public open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Two Rivers Convention Center.

The event will feature the latest version of a master plan for the 101-acre parcel off Riverside Parkway east of the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens.

Plans include an outdoor amphitheater with seating for up to 10,000 people, grass fields, park shelters, rest rooms, plenty of trails and an 18-hole disc golf course. A kayak park is being proposed for the Colorado River near Las Colonias.

“We are absolutely open to suggestions,” said Traci Wieland, recreation superintendent with the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department. “We want to take this pretty document to the public and say, ‘What do you think?’ ”

Grand Junction completed master plans for Las Colonias Park in 1998 and 2008.

One major component that isn’t included in the most recent version is a 75,000-square-foot civic center. Plans for that structure were not compatible with the area because of restrictions on digging into the soil.

The area is a former mill tailings site that has since been cleaned up. However, groundwater cannot be disturbed and any development requires certain restrictions.

Wieland said while there is a general plan for the area, those ideas have not been finalized. Input from future park users can help fine-tune the plans.

For example, park planners found that having community members help plan a renovation of Lincoln Park created a more user-friendly vision from what planners had in mind, Wieland said.

“Hopefully this will build some excitement,” she said of having the public review the plans.

For information or to comment on the plan, email Wieland at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call her at 254-3846.


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