Magazine article Parks & Recreation

A Dream Realized in Colorado

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

A Dream Realized in Colorado

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A community vision for more parks and open space has turned into a reality in Grand Junction -- a town of 37,000 residents on the western slope of Colorado -- with the completion of Canyon View Park. It look only four years to move from the dream to the dedication of the park on July 26. Surprisingly, the park was purchased and constructed without incurring any debt -- an accomplishment few cities can boast.

In May 1994, the Grand Junction City Council created the Parks Development Task Ford to develop a park expansion plan. The city and the design team -- led by Paul Kuhn of Winston Associates, Inc., of Boulder, Colorado, and supported by Western Engineers, Inc., and Ciavonne Associates, Inc., both of Grand Junction -- held 29 public meetings to get community input into planning several parks.

In a unusual move, the city council decided not to incur any bond debt to build Canyon View Park; instead, the city paid construction costs from existing city funds. The city of Grand Junction contributed $4.8 million from the capital improvement fund, saved its annual per capital allotment from the Colorado Lottery funds for several years, and used $750,000 to purchase 111 acres of land for the park. Total lottery dollars used for the park amounted to more that $1.6 million. Additional funding came from the Boettcher Foundation ($100,000) and local contributions.

Canyon View Parks was designed as a regional sports complex to meet the growing need for soccer and softball fields; the city had not opened a major park facility since Lincoln Park in 1922, and the need for recreational space in this active community could not be ignored. …

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