Master planning begins for new Grand Junction park
Grand Junction is seeking community input as to how to develop a large park at the east end of Grand Junction — an expanse of land with views of Mt. Garfield and the Grand Mesa.
Master planning for Matchett Park, on Patterson Road near 28 1/4 Road, began with a community meeting open house held on Jan. 9 at the adjacent Faith Heights Church. A second community meeting will be held Feb. 13.
“It’s size and location has a huge community draw, so we’re looking for community wide input,” said Traci Wieland of Grand Junction’s Parks and Recreation.
The 205-acre parcel was acquired by the city in 1996. In comparison, Canyonview Park on Grand Junction’s west end is 110 acres.
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Matchett Park is needed in part because of the increased demand for multipurpose field and shelter rentals, according to the city’s website. Matchett Park also serves as a critical north-central location for regional activities.
In 2012, city council directed staff to complete a master plan to address these needs. The plan will serve as a blueprint for the park, and is the first step in acquiring potential outside funding to help support future development.
“That neighborhood is lacking basic park amenities — a playground, trails,” as well as multi-purpose fields, Wieland said.
“There’s a lot of potential for whatever the community wants to see. We want the community involved in a lot of ways.”
Judy Herr lives a couple of blocks away from the park land; she wrote a letter of support for developing the park to help win a Great Outdoors Colorado grant that will fund 75 percent of the total project cost.
“This is an area that could really use a park,” Herr said.
“Mostly I like the green space, a place where people can walk. It’s restful, calming, a place to meet people and go and relax.”
There are several ways for residents to stay involved and informed of the master plan’s progress:
• Visit http://www.gjcity.org and look for the “Matchett Park Master Plan” under City Spotlight.
• Subscribe to an email newsletter at http://www.tiny.cc/gjpr.
• Follow the Matchett Park Master Plan on Facebook.
For more information or questions, call Wieland, the project manager, at 970-254-3846.
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