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New Lincoln Park upgrades in Grand Junction celebrated in conjunction with Southwest Arbor Fest

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - To celebrate a new look at Grand Junction's Lincoln Park and playground area, a grand-opening party is set for Saturday, April 20, in conjunction with the Southwest Arbor Fest and Earth Day Celebration.A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 10 a.m., and then the city's green-themed fest will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Events include kids activities, free seedlings, a salsa contest, food vendors, a chili cook-off, a craft beer garden, live entertainment, arts & crafts vendors and more.Lincoln Park's long-awaited playground is sure to be a main attraction at the party. The old structure was removed in December 2012 and given to Christian Community Schools. According to City of GJ Recreation Superintendent Traci Wieland, "there's a whimsical feel to the play area. It's a really fun, neat playground fitting in with a tree and nature theme."In addition to the traditional playset, the park has a new "parkour area," too. It's located to the south of the playground, and it offers logs, stumps and rocks for scrambling and clambering."It's really a sport, how to get from point A to B by launching, propelling and jumping in a safe matter," Wieland said.Another big component of Lincoln Park improvements include the completion of more trails throughout the public area. "We added 15,000 sq.-ft. of additional trails, like sidewalks connecting to other sidewalks," Wieland said. "We took out the Loop Road that dissected the park through the middle. The road is gone and already sodded. The third component was the completion of the park's Arboretum Trail, which allowed us to highlight 69 different species of trees."And starting April 20, Lincoln Park users may use new technologies to learn about the area's many trees."There's a pamphlet telling about the trees or (visitors) can go to each tree, dial a phone number, punch in a number and hear about a tree," Wieland added. "You may also scan a code with a smartphone and watch a YouTube video about the tree."

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