Restroom, irrigation first steps for Las Colonias

To start, work will begin on a much-needed restroom and an irrigation system at Las Colonias Park.

Grand Junction City Councilors are expected to adopt a master plan in June for the park, a 101-acre swath east of Western Colorado Botanical Gardens between Riverside Parkway and the Colorado River.

That plan includes an outdoor amphitheater to seat 10,000 people, a five-acre dog park, trails and wetlands or a series of lakes, a playing field, a native grass area and a boat launch.

A price tag for the park isn’t yet known, but the amphitheater portion is expected to cost $500,000 to $4 million.

The full vision of the park won’t be completed for years, as money for the project is identified, said Rob Schoeber, director of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation.

“This is not going to be done in the next year or two,” Schoeber told city councilors during a Monday meeting.

Grand Junction has slated $250,000 in the 2013 budget for the park, and the Grand Junction Lions Club has dedicated $300,000 to the project.

City officials said they hope to leverage those dollars and receive grants.

By June, the city also will have an estimate of total infrastructure and maintenance costs, Schoeber said.

The new master plan will replace two former master plans.

Another idea for Las Colonias includes a zipline from Eagle Rim Park on Orchard Mesa, across the river to Las Colonias.

A plan for a kayak park somewhere along the Colorado River may be diverted farther downstream to an area near Connected Lakes State Park.

Schoeber said state parks officials seemed open to the idea during initial talks.


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