Goal of renovations to Lincoln Park is to make it attractive to ‘everybody’

City leaders are planning a redevelopment projects for Lincoln Park.

Want to see an arboretum at Lincoln Park?

How about having new rest rooms in a more convenient location?

Does the park need a bigger playground?

City leaders are looking to residents to speak up about what they want to see at the city park. A community meeting starting at noon today at Lincoln Park Barn aims to gather community input.

Grand Junction City Council members said they are committed to updating the two sets of rest rooms and to update aging playground equipment at the park, and they have dedicated a $500,000 budget to make renovations. There may be more money available if the city can garner grants from Great Outdoors Colorado.

City leaders learned from renovations at Rocket Park, 26th Street and Orchard Avenue, that community input is essential to creating a park that is friendly for everyone. Work there included moving rest rooms to provide a better line of sight from the playground, plus playground equipment that is friendly to children of all abilities.

“We want to make this park 100 percent accessible to anybody and everybody,” Mike Vendegna, superintendent of Grand Junction’s city parks, said of Lincoln Park.

Community input that is gathered after today’s meeting and from comments in an online survey will be compiled. Residents will have a chance to weigh in again in December during a second round of meetings.

Residents have until Monday to post comments online in a survey under the spotlight section on the city’s website, http://www.gjcity.org.


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