Grand Junctions Newest Park Dedicated Near Colorado National Monument

Hundreds of children from Wingate Elementary School joined Grand Junction Mayor Bruce Hill and members of the Grand Junction Parks Department, and others, in dedicating Grand Junction's newest park Thursday afternoon.

The 7 1/2 acre park is located directly behind the school. The Western Colorado Garden Foundation donated money to the parks and recreation department to purchase native plants for children and adults to identify.

Although each city park has certain design elements in common, park planner Shawn Cooper says each park also contains some of the neighborhood's native look.

Improvements to Wingate Park in the Redlands in the shadows of the Colorado National Monument, began over a year ago. $580,000s was put into planning and design.

In addition to dedicating the park, a new mural was also revealed to the public. It was designed by well–known artist Penny Creasy.

The artwork, featuring a native landscape, will grace the halls of Wingate Elementary School.

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