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.
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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