City Secures Grant to Develop Matchett Park
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. City officials are moving forward with plans to develop Matchett Park. They've secured a $75,000 planning grant from Great Outdoors Colorado. The park is located off Patterson near 28 Road.
Judy Herr, a neighbor in favor of the park, said, "I think people need green space in between the developments and neighborhoods. Places to play."
The wide open space of Matchett Park provides city officials endless possibilities.
Traci Wieland, recreation superintendent, said, "This is so different from any small neighborhood park that might have small impact on a small amount of people. We're talking 205 acres, which has a massive impact on the entire community."
Now that they've secured the planning grant, city officials want to know which route the community wants to go.
"Playgrounds and picnic shelters, to athletic fields to skate parks, to outdoor swimming pools, to just about anything," said Wieland.
Ever since she's lived in the neighborhood, Herr has been waiting for this day to come.
"I have grandchildren...We know how important it is for children, parents, families, and adults to have a place to enjoy," said Herr.
Some neighbors even closer to park, however, aren't sold on the idea of it.
"I'm really hopeful that if there's enough dialogue, that we'll be able to work out some of the concerns," said Herr.
"We want to work with them very closely to make sure the park is not only going to meet their recreational needs, but not impact them negatively. Make sure it's going to be something they would like to have right outside their backdoor," Wieland said.
"It's a gorgeous view of the valley and I would like more people to be able to appreciate that," said Herr.
This summer city officials will secure a consultant to help with planning and then they will reach out to the community.