Rocket Park gets final makeover

Crews from the city of Grand Junction installed the first piece of new playground equipment this week at Rocket Park.

The last phase to the Rocket Park remodel has begun.

Last week, crews from the city of Grand Junction’s Parks and Recreation department removed the old play structures and leveled the ground in preparation for the new rocket-inspired, and fully handicapped accessible, playground equipment.

“This park will be totally handicapped accessible so it’s going to be really nice,” said Matt Franklin, a crew leader on the job.

Franklin said there will be wheelchair ramps, plus oversized adaptive swings with buckles for older children to enjoy. “This will be the only park we have for that kind of thing,” Franklin said.

The new play structures should be in place by mid-April. Next, crews of general contractors will complete the landscaping which includes bringing in road base to level the ground. The play surface will be a mix of wood chips and Pours-in-Place, a resilient mat like rubber used to prevent injuries.

Franklin said a dedication ceremony for the newly remodeled park is scheduled May 11.


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