Speak up on new park

The debate over the Brady Trucking zoning issue on the Grand Junction municipal election ballot this month, while divisive, at least helped to focus public attention on the nearby land that is to become Las Colonias Park.

That’s good, because Las Colonias has the potential to become one of the real gems in the string of riverfront parks that pioneers of riverfront revitalization envisioned decades ago.

Now that the election is over, we hope residents will focus even more on Las Colonias and the possible amenities the park along the river near south 12th Street might include.

People will have an opportunity to learn about the possibilities and offer their own ideas during an open house tomorrow evening at Two Rivers Convention Center.

Proposals include an outdoor amphitheater with seating for up to 10,000 people and an 18-hole disc golf course. There will also be park shelters and rest rooms, open meadows and a small lake. A kayak park is planned for the Colorado River or nearby, and other recreational activities are possible.

A community center once considered for the site has been dropped because of the restrictions on building on the old uranium tailings that underlie much of the 101-acre site.

Even so, with the Grand Junction Botanical Gardens to the west along the river at the end of south Seventh Street and the new Kannah Creek brewpub taking shape between Las Colonias and the Botanical Gardens, the completion of the large municipal park on the river could help make this core section of the riverfront in South Downtown the attractive, bustling center of activity that many people have long sought.

The time is near to move forward with Las Colonias. But to do that, the city wants input from residents about the park. Take time to let the city Parks and Recreation Department know what you think. Attend the open house from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday evening at Two Rivers.


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