Music and a festive spirit opens Mesa County's first regional park today, offering residents living in the east valley a place to play.
When Dr. William Long passed away in 2000 he donated a 40–acre parcel of land to Mesa County with the understanding it would become a park.
Today more than 100 people gather to officially open the county's largest park, nearly 26 acres in size and with three miles of walking and jogging paths, a large pond, and several covered pavilions.
Kathy Hall was a Mesa County Commissioner when the concept for long park was first discussed. She says the park matches the vision planners had years ago for a park for all Mesa County residents.
More than 3.7 million dollars has been spent on the first two phases, and another 3.3 million dollars is slated for the next two phases, which will eventually include more pavilions, a softball diamond and much more.