Veterans Propose Name Change for Mesa County Fairgrounds
MESA COUNTY, Colo. Before it was the Mesa County Fairgrounds it was the Intermountain Veterans Memorial Park, originally intended to be a recreation park to honor veterans. While it does that to some extent today, some believe the intention has been lost over time. On Monday morning Mesa County Commissioners are scheduled to make a decision on whether to change the name from Mesa County Fairgrounds to Mesa County Fairgrounds at Veterans Memorial Park. Presenters include Jack Lucas, John Frezieres and Jo Carole Haxel. Lucas and Frezieres are the two living members of the Intermountain Veterans Association. Haxel is the current fairgrounds manager. "I think around 1945 the Intermountain Veterans Association purchased the property," said Haxel. "When we developed this ground there was just one house in this whole development. This has been a part of my life since 1952 and a dear part of my life as far as that goes." said Lucas. Due to a lack of funds the veterans group sold the property to the county in 1967, under the conditions that it would remain a memorial to veterans and a recreational venue. "They did a good job of developing it but somewhere along the line they changed the name to the fairgrounds," said Lucas. "Today we're proposing to change it in such a way that it will continue to honor veterans," Haxel said. Lucas and Frezieres have been pushing to get the name changed for years. "It will mean a lot to me because I worked on it a long time and I think veterans deserve this," Lucas said. "There's always new people moving into the county that don't know that history, and so changing it allows us to honor past as well as move into future," said Haxel. "I hope that they continue getting this done so I can see it completed before my time comes," said Lucas.