Horizon Park Master Plan

This webpage serves as a platform to receive public comments on the Horizon Park Master Plan.
This webpage serves as a platform to receive public comments on the Horizon Park Master Plan. City staff encourages the community to participate virtually by reviewing the presentation slides below showcasing potential ideas on what the future of the park could be. Please utilize the comment box at the bottom of this page to leave comments for City staff to review. What amenities would you like to see at Horizon Park?

Public comments from Phases 1, 2, and 3 of the planning process have been compiled and summarized on this page. The presentation below showcases the final conceptual master plan. Comments and input will be collected until December 21st at 7 pm.

Horizon Park is located at 731 27 Road directly west of Fire Station #6. This undeveloped park is 13 acres, surrounded by residential development, and is appropriate for a neighborhood-serving community park. Community input is a critical part of determining the future of this park and the City of Grand Junction wants to hear from you!

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Phase 3 - Public Meeting
December 14, 2021
5:30 PM
Fire Station #6 - 729 27 Road

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Horizon Park Master Plan Presentation ( 3.57 MB )

Comments & Feedback

Comments
 
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Online comments closed at 7:00 PM MST 12/21/21.
Please do not include the pump track. This is a neighborhood park and not an attraction. The playground for young children is great to have but I do not think the area can sustain both. I desire a peaceful area and adding more features will only attract more people. This is a perfect walking trail and I would like to keep the environment pleasant. I also do not want increased traffic in the neighborhood. Otherwise, I think the plan looks great. Thank you
December 20, 2021, 8:04 PM
Danette Mac Millan
Overall, I like this concept and especially like the concept of NEIGHBORHOOD park, something that fits the existing neighborhoods and offers amenities for that population. Walking paths and shade for us older folks, splash pads and playground and shade for the kids. Personally, I would like to see the plan shrink a bit and not try to cover every recreation base for every person - the property owners bordering this park deserve a little buffering from noise and lighting so I would support a wider "greenspace" buffer around the perimeter. Not to be a grump but I would also like to say no to dog parks and pickleball courts. Both are needed but they are guaranteed to turn this neighborhood park into a destination park - save that for the larger areas available in the valley.
December 20, 2021, 11:07 AM
Jim Ellis
I want to echo the sentiment that this is a neighborhood park, not a regional attractions. Matchett Park will offer amazing opportunities for that development and should also be included in consideration for budget. This park is primarily a walking park that should allow for safe walking and also add some options for biking and stability (some paved areas for example) and less dust. Having the walking trails arranging so you can get in multiple loops and extra miles is a priority. But the views here are beautiful and the peacefulness of the park is paramount. In that light, I don't like a pond being right next to a pump track - put it where you can sit and relax and enjoy the view, not see piles of dirt or be right by the noise of playground. I like the idea of incorporating natural landscape into park. Centennial Center Park, Centennial, CO, is a great comparison for how they incorporated the slides and more unique playground equipment. Some shade will be very important while considering how to prevent it from blocking the views. While I love the water feature idea or even streams, is that feasible for our area? Maybe save space for that for long-term build out, but start small with key walking and beautifications to complement the new fire station.
December 19, 2021, 2:41 PM
Kimberly Langston
As someone with young children who lives in this neighborhood (1 block from park- we access by bike/walking through Centauri Ct) we look forward to a playground structure and park features that do not require us to drive like we currently have to. Our nearest parks with playgrounds are Sherwood and Canyon View. My son currently rides his bike on the gravel in Horizon park, so a dedicated bike path beside a walking path would be great. A lot of our neighbors are elderly and currently walk on the surrounding streets for exercise, so walking paths would be well used. Shade sails over the playground structure is needed as slides get very hot in the summer. We are unable to use Canyon view park after 10am in the summer because the equipment gets too hot to play on and there is no shade. We use Lincoln park more because of the shade the trees provide over the playground in the summer. Restrooms and shaded picnic tables would also be great. A small natural water feature or climbing wall would be great, but a large splash pad wouldn’t really fit in such a small neighborhood park as it would require a large parking area for all the visitors it would bring. I also think this is not the right park for pickleball/tennis courts or soccer fields as it is not large enough and would require extra parking. Matchett park would be better suited to playing fields/courts as it will allow for a much larger parking area. We frequent another park on the Redlands that has pickleball courts beside the playground and have difficulty finding parking on the weekends and often park on the street and walk in to the playground due to the lack of parking spaces in this small playground/pickleball courts. A dedicated park with courts/fields is greatly needed in GJ, but will require a much bigger parking area than Horizon park will be able to provide (if you frequently use Horizon park as we do, it is not a large park). A small enclosed off leash dog area would also be good for our neighbors with dogs. We look forward to the development of Horizon park for all of our neighbors, young and old, to enjoy!
December 15, 2021, 8:09 PM
Clare Chepko
I would rather see funds used to develop Matchet Park. There are some funds already set aside from the sell of Burkey Park!!!!!!!!!
December 15, 2021, 3:48 PM
Cindie Downs
There should be a dog park area. People will let their dogs run loose regardless so give them an area to do so.
December 14, 2021, 9:56 PM
Laurel Devere
Please consider that Horizon is a neighborhood park and not a community park in the planning. Community parks (Lincoln, Canyon View, Matchett, etc.) should have facilities that encourage group/team/community activities, support large gatherings, and have the infrastructure (parking, restrooms, lighting, picnic/party structures, water features, sporting areas, etc.) that support that. In Horizon Park, the addition of lighting and noise would have a significant impact on those living in adjacent houses. Neighborhood parks (Paradise Hills, Sherwood, Horizon, etc.) should focus on being a place of relaxation, sanctuary, play, and activity away from traffic. It should be a place that residents and families can visit via foot/bike/stroller and (less commonly car) to experience a moment to recharge, exercise, play, or picnic. Horizon park is not connected to transit corridors other than a single entry point on 27 Road adjacent to the fire station. Most activity in the area is via entry from adjoining neighborhood roads and yards. Impact on these residential areas and roads should be considered with regards to use cases and features. Most people don’t want to have numerous cars from other parts of the city parking in front of their house. Most activity away from the parking area should be focused on pedestrian and bike access. In addition, the park is part of a deer run for local deer and they often gather in the adjacent neighborhoods in the Fall and Spring. The addition of a water feature or fruiting plants/trees will likely attract additional wild life to the area that does not already gather in the space — both herbivores and predators. Unless it is secured, it will not be practical to keep a water feature safe for human use or “splash play”. Animals are in the park space all the time (including pets with owners) and the animals will want to visit the water features just as much as human visitors. As others have noted, the sustainability of water features without costly shade and reclamation systems in a high desert climate is an obvious concern. The park is also bordered by residential areas that are at a lower elevation from the majority of the park space. Ongoing large area irrigation or large surface water usage can impact these areas with erosion and runoff without diversion systems like sewers that neighborhoods have in place. We would favor a simple design with neighborhood features such as an all-weather walking/jogging trail, low maintenance vegetation, picnic tables, a small play area and multi use slab with basketball hoops near the parking area. A great part of the space is the sweeping view of the Valley. Please don’t install objects that take that away. We would also echo the suggestion that others have made to the effect that any excess funding is redirected to build out Matchett Park (which is not very far away) or even Saccamanno Park (even closer with more open space). Both of these parks could provide those features that everyone is willing to travel for and will also provide ample parking and lighting since they have the open space that can buffer adjacent residential areas.
November 18, 2021, 2:49 PM
The Scott Family
An outdoor musical instrument feature, like Rotary Park in Moab, would be a fun and actively used area!
November 18, 2021, 11:35 AM
Deb Tittle
The Mesa plan is appealing. I appreciate Jessica Segrest's comments about native plantings, especially in light of ongoing drought conditions, Plant a variety of trees that tolerate our desert conditions, support the urban wildlife, and benches to allow rest and reflection. I have seen deer, fox, racoon, rabbits and numerous migratory birds traverse the neighborhood. I like the idea of separate cinder and concrete pathways. I would walk the dog on cinder, so place dog bags/trash can nearby. Parents with strollers & small children, the elderly with canes and walkers appreciate smooth, level concrete. Park is too small for a dog park, soccer fields, anything drawing large crowd use or that requires nighttime lighting. Maybe 1-2 pickleball courts, I don't see a lot of use of basketball courts in parks. Something similar to Paradise Hills park, where I've lived and loved how that park is a neighborhood social gathering space. Also like the idea of bike jump(or skate board), climbing wall, playground and a water feature that can be accessed but doesn't require sanitation for use. Restrooms big plus. There is a large population of older citizens in this neighborhood that current have to walk on busy roadways, The walkways in this new park with native plantings, trees with benches and a family welcoming character will be very much appreciated!!
November 18, 2021, 11:32 AM
Deb Tittle
After reviewing the plans with my three elementary aged children they unanimously chose the Mesa option. The reason why they chose the mesa option was the climbing features, the water features, the pump track, and the natural feel of the playground. A cave or several caves built into the the climbing area or playground would also be welcomed. Grand Junction is so hot in the summer that any water feature that kids can play in is very welcome. A splash pad would also be a great addition to help keep kids cool in the hot summer weather. However, they would like to have more trees such as those in the orchard option. They also liked the giant slide in the Mesa option. In addition, It would also be nice to have a long zip line like the one at Radiant Park in Ft. Collins.
November 17, 2021, 7:52 PM
Ben Alexander and Family
Although I lean to the Mesa plan, I believe both plans are over-scoped for a neighborhood park. There seems to be an assumption that the park will get regular supervision. Assuming this is not the case, risky things such as climbing walls are not appropriate. The outer walking trail is good as shown with a well-drained cinder/pebble-type surface making it all-weather. Most trees should be placed to shade this trail. Basketball goes toward youth, pickleball toward seniors. I don't think there's room for both so I favor basketball (everyone can play "Horse". Although I live over a full block further away, I endorse Mr. Schrader's comments in full.
November 17, 2021, 10:03 AM
Roland Reynolds
Definite yes to basketball court but can we also add pickleball courts?! It is possible to put in a soccer field? We have a shortage of soccer fields and pickleball courts in Mesa County. What are we doing about it? We need activities to enjoy together! This park is needed and in a great location for many local neighborhoods (which is why the fire station was built). We need paved walking paths, restrooms, water fountains, playground, shelter and shade throughout the park. Water features are awesome, if there is a plan in place to maintain them well. I am a little concerned about extra parking in our neighborhood (for those that live on the west side of this park). We need to make sure that those who visit park in the parking lot and not in our neighborhood. The Mesa plan is way better than the Orchard plan. Thanks for working on this. We will enjoy that new park a lot!
November 17, 2021, 8:47 AM
Tina Snover
Thank you for sharing these concepts online. I prefer the Mesa concept with its connection to the local desert landscape. The climbing wall and interactive water feature are fantastic additions to a local park. I also like the concept of a nature play area.
November 17, 2021, 8:36 AM
Casey Sievila
Please first do no harm. A park oasis loaded with amenities may look great on paper; however, untended but easily predictable negative consequences will ultimately prevent that vision from becoming a reality and drive away the very ones who sought to enjoy the area. We can ask for the dream and end up with an unsafe, undesirable result that most people will avoid or carefully select amenities that promote an enjoyable, safe environment both in daylight and after dark. Grocery and liquor stores as well as a selection of shopping carts are available half a mile from Horizon Park. Add shelters and water and all the basic living needs are met. Predicting that the vagrant population will be drawn to the park as currently proposed is as foreseeable as darkness following sunset. No on the water features (splash pads, ponds, irrigation reservoir etc.). No shelters and limit plantings to only those that can survive on natural precipitation. Locate the bathrooms close to the 27 Road parking lot with unobstructed visibility to discourage vandalism. Enhance the walking path with an all weather surface. Install benches and supporting exercise stations along the walking path. Recognize that playground equipment and amenities intended for children will not always be used during the daylight with appropriate adult supervision. Respect adjacent property owners by limiting lighting and loud activities. This area is surrounded by residential homes. When considering amenities, ask yourself: 1) would I want this in my next-door neighbors’ yard and 2) would I want to be to be the focal person to receive and address related complaints? Some amenities well suited to a community park are not appropriate in a neighborhood park. Please respect the existing neighborhood.
November 16, 2021, 3:14 PM
Brad Schaefer
Thank you for asking for community input! I love that our voices are valued. I notice the pump track in the photos, but not on the master plan itself. I love the idea of that and a climbing wall of that caliber as unique to this area and this park. We live in the adjacent area and the views are magnificent. Shade structures will be a huge plus. Please minimize concrete and keep the pathways to crushed granite or something comparable. asphalt...concrete is so hard on the knees and many of us walk the pathway right now just the way it is, goatheads and all.
November 16, 2021, 11:22 AM
Betsy Warner
Looks fantastic!
November 16, 2021, 5:29 AM
Eileen J Warner
Does design take into account the demographics of the surrounding homeownership. It is a property very disconnected to existing infrastructure (i.e bike trails, pathways, corridors, parks). Cool design features, if they are utilized by the neighborhood (most likely to take advantage of its features). The rest of us will have to drive over or be brave to bike/skate there from neighborhoods further away. Overall, positive to see investment in parks within older parts of North GJ!
November 15, 2021, 10:17 PM
Ryan
My kids would love a water feature. I am excited to see a water feature in both park plans. I think the orchard park idea with many trees is a great idea.
November 15, 2021, 9:37 PM
David Johansen
The Mesa idea looks awesome. This would be an amazing space to have at Horizon Park. Just an idea it would hurt to paint pickleball lines on the basketball court then it could be used as a dual purpose court.
November 15, 2021, 2:36 PM
David Smith
Increase the available parking spaces. I totally support the water play feature--children love them and good way to cool off in our heat.
November 15, 2021, 12:53 PM
Joe Higgins
How does this compare, size wise, to Sherwood Park? The layout there is great, and allows plenty of walking paths, amenities, privacy and safety. Simple and Classic is always better, and would allow for lower maintenance costs. I agree with earlier writers regarding respect for existing homeowners, as well as concerns that a water feature could attract 'travelers' who do not belong in this residential neighborhood. Because Grand Junction has become so large, it is unfortunately something to we need to keep in mind. Also, having a simple park with ample benches (2 - person benches, set side by side, would allow conversations between benches, but would NOT be long enough to sleep on) and shade providing trees would allow maximum usage with minimal cost.
November 15, 2021, 11:27 AM
Nancy
As a father of two young children in the surrounding area the "mesa plan" see,s ideal for different ages of kids (0-99). I love the different activities besides basic playgrounds which my kids seem to get bored of quickly. The basketball courts are awesome, pump track is perfect. Love It Love it!!
November 15, 2021, 11:08 AM
Joe Tennyson
It would be great to see a skatepark in this part of town. Our other skate parks are very out dated and not well maintained.
November 15, 2021, 10:27 AM
Brett Richard Buescher
I understand the neighbor concerns about a much larger "many optioned theme park." Maybe this is not the place for all of that. Neighborhood park theme seems better to me as well. (I do not live in the neighborhood - just trying to be reasonable for all) Spend the bigger dollars on a Matchett Park/Community Center. PICKLEBALL Courts a must. This sport is growing so fast, we will not keep up. I appreciate what is being done at Lincoln Park to add more courts, but that is a drop in the bucket for what is needed and what could benefit our community economically. I think adding splash pads is not a good idea. We need to conserve water resources now and in the future. I imagine the infrastructure for any water themed amenity is very expensive - keeping in mind it will need to be shut down when water rationing starts. It is not a good idea to spend the money for something we will have to shut down due to water shortages. Please don't do it. Thank you for considering my input.
November 15, 2021, 9:53 AM
Alecia J. Gordon
As a mother of two elementary aged kids, the Mesa looks great. A pump track on the north side! Walking paths, yes! When we first moved here a few years back when the kids were young I was shocked at the lack of updated park options and lacking splash pads. Love the use of water, as its so hot in the summer and so nice for the kids to be able to play outside in a safe water feature. Thanks GJParks! Lets bring GJ up to speed.
November 15, 2021, 9:15 AM
Jen crowe
How about doing something about Matchett Park and/or Burkey Park before you start in on a new project?
November 15, 2021, 9:05 AM
Jack Spinelli
No mention of a dog park. As we are up there every day, I would honestly say that the most frequent visitors are dogs! How about it? Penny Stewart
November 15, 2021, 9:04 AM
Penny Stewart
I would like to see a skatepark. Ben
November 15, 2021, 9:03 AM
Benjamin Buescher
I would like to have more Picklball courts and some more lighted Pickleball courts. Thanks
November 15, 2021, 8:24 AM
Gaylen kettle
A few years ago, when the City was discussing the possibility of a park and fire station the neighbors were told the park would be a neighborhood park with a bit of grass and possibly playground equipment with a fire truck theme located close to 27 Road. I imagined something like the neighborhood parks located in Paradise Hills and Spring Valley. The concepts presented on Nov. 9 were far from this picture. The park is now being sold as a "community" park and the "attractions" will surely attract people from all parts of the city. The 13 acre parcel is bordered on 3 sided by residential property, this is a very small area and I am left to wonder how noise that comes with team practices early on Saturday mornings and parties at the pavilion until 10:00pm will affect our quite neighborhood's. Western Colorado is in a severe drought, how will this community and others downstream feel about the installation of splash pads, water features, holding ponds, and keeping the park grass green when the Colorado River was the lowest I have seen during my 60 years of living in GJ. There is also a security concern, as the majority of the park cannot be seen from 27 Road or any other public road. How does the City plan to protect the private property surrounding Horizon Park from vandalism and vagrants that have just been displaced from the development between Horizon, G Road, and 27 Road? There are issues every day/night at Canyon View Park and the police response is slow or non-existent! Lighting was not discussed. I vote for a quite "neighborhood" park with an improved walking path, a few picnic tables, a few trees, and a small playground with a few parking spaces close to 27 Road. Please spend the remainder of the 1 million dollars on a conceptual design for Matchett Park or a Community Center. These two projects have been on the drawing board much longer that Horizon Park, you have to start those projects to eventually finish them!
November 14, 2021, 9:13 PM
Diana Osborne
Horizon Park is a relatively small property which is surrounded by residential homes. Please respect the immediate neighbors by avoiding amenities that have proven negative consequences. Water features ( splash pads, ponds and irrigation reservoirs) along with shelters will draw vagrants. If in doubt, check out other city parks and note that the shelters are almost always occupied, but not by families and small children. Loud activities and lighting are disruptive and not well suited to a neighborhood park. Limit tree and structures to preserve the existing views. Recognize that amenity utilization will not always be in daylight with appropriate adult supervision. If an amenity poses a safety concern after dark, it should not be included. The park should reflect that we live in a desert. Plantings that cannot survive on natural precipitation should be avoided. Drop the water features. These may be popular, but are expensive to build, costly to operate and difficult to keep clean. Learn from the downtown fountain experience. This feature was immensely popular, but ultimately shut down due to health concerns. Without an active treatment system, the re-circulated water becomes contaminated with human and animal wastes. Centauri Court, which borders the west end and provides walk-in access to the park was not build to accommodate on-street parking. Existing Windemere HOA covenants prohibit parking along the Centauri and neighboring Galaxy Court right-of-ways. It is foreseeable that park users will want to park along Centauri Court and in doing so will create traffic congestion and safety conflicts for the neighborhood. While the city does not typically get involved in HOA concerns, it needs to recognize this negative impact to the neighborhood and take appropriate actions to prevent Centauri Court from becoming a parking lot.
November 14, 2021, 9:08 AM
Brad Schaefer
Horizon Park is a relatively small property and is surrounded by residential homes. Please respect the immediate neighbors by avoiding amenities that have proven negative consequences. Water features (i.e. splash pads, ponds or irrigation reservoirs) along with shelters will draw vagrants. If in doubt, check out other city parks and note that the shelters are almost always occupied, but not by families and small children. Loud activities and lighting are disruptive and not well suited to a neighborhood park. Limit trees and structures to preserve the existing views. Recognize that amenity utilization will not always be in daylight with appropriate adult supervision. If an amenity poses a safety concern after dark, it should not be included. The park should reflect that we live in the desert. Plantings that cannot survive on natural precipitation should be avoided. Drop the water features. These may be popular, but are expensive to build, costly to operate and difficult to keep clean. Recall the lessons of the former fountain on Main Street. This feature was immensely popular, but ultimately shut down due to health concerns. Without an active treatment system, the re-circulated water became contaminated with human and animal wastes. Centauri Court, which borders the west end of the park and allows walk-in access, is narrow and was not designed to accommodate on-street parking. Existing Windemere HOA covenants prohibit parking along Centauri and neighboring Galaxy Court right-of-ways. It is foreseeable that non –neighborhood park users will utilize Centauri Court for parking and in doing so will create traffic congestion and safety conflicts for the neighborhood. While the city does not typically get involved in HOA concerns, it needs to recognize and address problems that the park development imposes on the immediate area.
November 13, 2021, 10:56 PM
Brad Schaefer
I was able to attend the public meeting Tuesday night at Fire Station #6 to review the Master Plan on Horizon Park. Of the two plans that were presented I prefer the Mesa concept to the Orchard Concept. The preponderance of residents that live in the area would benefit from good walking paths and areas for children and grandchildren to play. This should include an amazing splash pads for the kids in the summer months, climbing walls, zip lines and playground equipment. Restrooms should be close by for all to use. If the City elects to move forward with this project I hope that they dedicate a maintenance budget that makes sure the trash is picked up regularly, Restrooms are cleaned daily and the facility well maintained so this doesn't become an attraction to the homeless and vagrant population that continues to grow in the City. Pickle Ball is a thing, but Basketball courts seem to see little use at the local parks.
November 10, 2021, 12:26 PM
Phillip Baughman
After reading all the comments (which I should have done prior to posting), I agree with the idea of retaining and upgrading the walking path to cinder or asphalt not cement, adding shade structures and more trees, and maybe a water feature if the city can support maintenance of such a structure. The idea of making this park unique to the area and keeping the grass at bay makes sense. A sensory area like the park in carbondale could be amazing. A bike jump area would replace the dirt jumps that used to be located near the canal on what became the new Juniper Ridge School would replace those jumps that were lost to residents. The music park in Durango is a favorite of ours too when we pass that way. A climbing structure that mimics the desert environment would be most appropriate. Carbondale sensory walking path https://www.pinterest.com/pin/375276581434166920/ Music Park in Durango: https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS_v2GYmGGduvFObCUyXAy2lOad4mOpIOGI9lJX0kXLgNbVNBgMInY6xmDvIZNKMEWG7vw:https://coloradoexpression.com/uploads/featured-stories/Enterprise_Santa-Rita-Park-Durango---Play-Play-Play.jpg&usqp=CAU Zurich area that has been reclaimed/revitalized https://www.zuerich.com/en/visit/attractions/zurich-west The park in Zurich was outside this hotel and butted up to the train tracks and the central rail station for the light rail https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/zrhspgi-hilton-garden-inn-zurich-limmattal/gallery/
October 13, 2021, 10:38 AM
Betsy Warner
Hello there, My husband and I were not able to attend the first meeting. The site plan looks amazing. We live on G1/2 adjacent to the park. A basketball court and potential tennis/ pickleball court alongside as pictured would be wonderful; A shade structure with a place to rest would also be amazing. I am a big advocate for a play structure/ climbing structure and water feature too. I want it all! My family would also be thrilled to see a small bike jump area if that would be feasible. Here is a really amazing and durable outdoor area we recently discovered in RINO area of Denver. https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSE7CPt5K3ABZ0HN_3ff0SOe9owsGkAzedbyYQZoJ7TEU3x6bCCIkhe7Dl6_A1x9TDYIhs:https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/58e6f0e7d482e905728aab5a/1607976886480-YQ6F66H8ARFGLT75IVH2/The%252BArt%252Bof%252BConcrete%252B-%252BRiNo%252BPark&usqp=CAU There is an urban meadow at one end of the park too full of sunflowers, cosmo, and other flowers. https://www.theartofconcretellc.com/rino-park
October 13, 2021, 10:17 AM
Betsy Warner
I think a splash pad with lots of room for different age groups would be great. A walking path through a sculpture park would be a really neat addition to the area as well. Something more than just your typical park!
October 12, 2021, 7:21 PM
Amy Haffer
Would this possible be a good site for a Grand Junction recreation center? What is going on with a Grand Junction recreation center? The recreation centers in Fruita and Montrose are amazing! I drive to Fruita all the time just to go there.
October 12, 2021, 2:18 PM
Mariann McCloskey
I'm a 8 year old and here's what I think. (transcribed) We like traveling to different parks, so this park should be different than the other parks. We don't mind traveling, so lots of kids will come even if they don't live close by. It looks easy to get to and we would go there a lot. Splashpad! I wish there were more splashpads. Some other water would probably be nice. Musical instruments (like someone suggested below). All of the climbing things from your slideshow, monkey bars, things that are like monkey bars but are ropes or other hanging/climbing things. Tightwalking/ropewalking. Definitely a bunch of rocks to climb up and a bridge to get to another big one. Things that are challenging. Tunnels--round tunnels that are long and bridgy. Fitness equipment and climbing things that the adults that bring me to the playground can do because it is fun doing things together. For the walking area, rocks are cooler and not as hot as pavement. They are good for running on. Lots of access to drinking water, tables, and bathrooms. I like the metal rusty shade things in the slideshow. There are already a lot of pickleball courts here, and I like the tennis courts we have, so I don't think we need to make more space for those. I like the digging equipment you have in the slideshow. I haven't played on those much and they look like fun.
October 12, 2021, 9:58 AM
Caius Nicholson
Why on earth is Horizon park even on the agenda when there are existing parks that have been put on hold for development fo rover 20 years in urban areas? For example; West Lake park has an extension that has nothing but weeds and absolutely NO maintanance for over 20 years. Why not take care of what is in central city limits first. Create and connect from the city to the suburban areas. The youth in our community need this first. Then work on placing proper sidewalks and bike paths to connect to the outlying subdivisions.... let's connect Grand Junction with a smart approach!
October 11, 2021, 8:37 PM
Katie Lorentzen
Accessibility: Having a place to drop off/pick up to free up parking lots from crowding include a bus stop install bike racks Inclusivity: have a portion of the park include accessible toys/ equipment for the disabled and those in wheel chairs. Include Public statement of inclusive play. a button with audio announcing inclusive play area. Braille. This could be located near a map that includes pictures for those who can't read. Include a changing table in both the men's and women's bathrooms. Safety: Have a safety telephone booth or emergency call button. Consider adding a fence around the actual playground equipment area. Many playgrounds are close to roads, and children wander off into danger because an adult is distracted. Ideally adults would never be distracted. But fences add another layer of safety. This is especially important if there is a child with autism that is at higher risk of elopement. Canyon view park scares me so much because children can easily run off to the water and fall in and drown. please see this picture https://patch.com/new-york/upper-east-side-nyc/upper-east-side-needs-more-playgrounds-comptroller-says and this picture https://www.futurelearn.com/info/courses/play/0/steps/17711
October 11, 2021, 3:20 PM
Mary Dodge
While I would love to see the city of Grand Junction build a lovely splash pad with walking paths and a musical section as so many others have requested, I am curious why this is going forward at Horizon park when a need was already declared for the central and East sides of town and Matchett was already planned. Could we not be going forward with that in stages to address the needs of the whole population? Why are we building a brand new park at Horizon instead of continuing forward with the one we already planned? That said, a nice splash pad, walking paths, and maybe some guaranteed pickleball courts would be a lovely addition.
October 11, 2021, 7:49 AM
Tara Lemke
With consideration of our elderly population and the general chaos of the world, might we consider a meditation park. A place with quiet walking paths, reflective ponds, a meditation labyrinth, a vista to look out at, beautiful shade trees and shrubs that could tolerate the heat, but also offer more soft scape attractions. I would love to see plenty of seating woven throughout the space for people to sit and talk quietly or reflect. A pavilion tucked into a corner, where the community could gather for tai chi lessons, yoga, mindfulness classes, maybe even small group local schools could perform music concerts for the public. There could be a sequence of mindfulness activities to do for those who are new to mindfulness and meditation, each station a new space to try a mindfulness activity. I am a meditation instructor and I think our community could really benefit from such a place. I have 5 children in the public school system and I know children could benefit from coming to a quiet place and training their minds to be still and to listen. I also believe this would really bless the adult population in our community.
October 8, 2021, 11:08 AM
Juli Larsen
Due to the limited size of the property, I'd love to see a family friendly use of the park AND a walking trail surrounding it for the many seniors in that location. PLEASE compare notes with other planning departments to see what has been successful and welcomed in their towns. We need bang for our buck and great use of our public space. It is a sloped property and perhaps some tiers for dedicated usage/plantings would work. A water feature for children would be fabulous for this end of town. Thank you for seeing the need in our town for planning public land use.
October 8, 2021, 12:34 AM
Mary Ellen Spurr
Playground equipment (appreciate the parks that provide a variety of age appropriate equip), par course, and picnic shelters are basic amenities so that people may enjoy the outdoors. With the reality of climate change, I question the idea of any water feature, perhaps a climbing feature could be an option. Walking /hiking paths would add an exercise component that could be an avenue for a par course. I appreciate the interest in pickle ball, but disagree that this park is the correct location.I think the development of the park with open space for running and playing would be an asset.
October 7, 2021, 7:51 PM
Bethany Hoffman
The neighborhood consists mainly of senior citizens. We would enjoy shade trees and walking paths. Personally I would enjoy paths wide enough to ride my three wheel bike. Riding on the roads is dangerous, especially for us slower, older folks. In any event, please no dog park! Unrestrained dogs can easily knock down an older person
October 7, 2021, 7:41 PM
Maureen Bloemsma
Would really like to see some nicer basketball courts for outdoor use with sport fencing or something around them - the ones at Longs are trashed and Canyon View is just really a slab of concrete - think like the tennis courts at Canyon View but for basketball 🏀
October 7, 2021, 6:17 PM
Jeff Zahniser
While creating a park for human use and enjoyment, please plan for nature and solitude - examples: Maximize your Urban Forestry program with ample tree planting, and not just ash trees, as they are struggling. Avoid over-grooming, instead plant wildflowers as ground cover that do not need mown where the grassy areas merge into bushes. The National Wildlife Federation (think Ranger Rick) offers a Certified Wildlife Habitat program explaining how to offer native plants for food and pollination, sources of drinking water, shelter in bushes that are linked together as a corridor rather than spaced out individually, places to raise young, such as nesting boxes, bat boxes, and the like. Use the perimeter of the park as a wildlife-friendly corridor. When planning for natural drainage, add a pond as wetland to attract migrating birds. Plant cattails for the red-winged blackbirds and milkweed for monarchs. Place the pond in the quietest part of the park. Place it FAR from the dog area. Fence the quiet/wild space off with split-rail fencing with welded wire, which will keep dogs out but allow quail and rabbits to easily pass through. Use this wetland area also for those seeking contemplation or meditation; add benches. Place ample clear signage explaining that area is the quiet spot. Obtain Certified Wildlife Habitat status and post signage of same. Do NOT light that area at night. Use hunting cameras for security if needed. See https://www.nwf.org/garden-for-wildlife/create. Think of the quiet corner as a desert-oriented Japanese Zen Garden. Consult with the Grand Valley Audubon Society and CSU Extension for ideas. With thoughtful planning, our parks can be for critters and quiet time, too.
October 7, 2021, 11:54 AM
Jessica Segrest
While creating a park for human use and enjoyment, please plan for nature and solitude - examples: Maximize your Urban Forestry program with ample tree planting, and not just ash trees, as they are struggling. Avoid over-grooming, instead plant wildflowers as ground cover that do not need mown where the grassy areas merge into bushes. The National Wildlife Federation (think Ranger Rick) offers a Certified Wildlife Habitat program explaining how to offer native plants for food and pollination, sources of drinking water, shelter in bushes that are linked together as a corridor rather than spaced out individually, places to raise young, such as nesting boxes, bat boxes, and the like. Use the perimeter of the park as a wildlife-friendly corridor. When planning for natural drainage, add a pond as wetland to attract migrating birds. Plant cattails for the red-winged blackbirds and milkweed for monarchs. Place the pond in the quietest part of the park. Place it FAR from the dog area. Fence the quiet/wild space off with split-rail fencing with welded wire, which will keep dogs out but allow quail and rabbits to easily pass through. Use this wetland area also for those seeking contemplation or meditation; add benches. Place ample clear signage explaining that area is the quiet spot. Obtain Certified Wildlife Habitat status and post signage of same. Do NOT light that area at night. Use hunting cameras for security if needed. See https://www.nwf.org/garden-for-wildlife/create. Think of the quiet corner as a desert-oriented Japanese Zen Garden. Consult with the Grand Valley Audubon Society and CSU Extension for ideas. With thoughtful planning, our parks can be for critters and quiet time, too.
October 7, 2021, 11:48 AM
Jessica Segrest
We definitely need a water feature/splash pads of some sorts!
October 7, 2021, 8:27 AM
Holly Arnold
As you may have noticed by the attendance at the Tuesday night meeting, there are a lot of older people in this neighborhood. A paved or asphalt path is needed, versus gravel or crushed rock.
October 7, 2021, 7:56 AM
Sandy Martinez
I would love to see a water feature in this park. With the increasing heat in the summers, it would be a nice amenity that is not available elsewhere. The short-lived one downtown was a huge draw, but not the appropriate place to have it. My grandson insisted on a tour of our parks this summer, and he loved the new playground equipment at Sherwood Park. I'd like to see some climbing features and unique features that are not found in other parks. Tennis and pickleball are available elsewhere and take up too much space. This is a fairly small space and will act as more of a neighborhood park. It needs to be family-friendly and geared toward children.
October 6, 2021, 11:28 PM
Kristin Winn
Would LOVE a park in this part of town. There are very few parks to take my children to in this area. Playground and other amenities as my children get older would be amazing.
October 6, 2021, 10:18 PM
Laurie
This town needs splash pads! Combine with a playground and pavilion with restrooms and you have a very popular park. Foxboro North Regional Park, 1120 W 1100 N, North Salt Lake, UT 84054 is a wonderful example of what we need.
October 6, 2021, 8:45 PM
Tamara Mancuso
Please provide more pickleball courts! Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the country and tournaments bring in revenue. Every year the tournaments have grown and set new records for attendance and more and more age groups are joining in the fun! Several cities in the country have created a niche market for tournaments because of their offering of dedicated pickleball courts. Grand Junction has favorable weather year-round and could easily capitalize on this market and establish itself as a pickleball destination city. Thank you for your consideration!
October 6, 2021, 8:33 PM
Lorrie Martin
I think a splash pad for hot summer days would be nice, since they shut down the one downtown. Also a very large playground along the lines of canyon view would also be amazing. Some dirt running paths would also be awesome. A place for bmx bikes and a concrete skate park. Also picnic shelters with bathrooms. A large grassy lawn for games or just relaxing. I have to keep my dog leashed at all times so a dog park does not interest me.
October 6, 2021, 7:31 PM
Cari Knaudt Lausier
Please consult with other cities who have developed new parks in the last year. Get feedback of what has and hasn’t worked. I feel GJ likes to reinvent the wheel when planning let’s ask other areas on Westslope.Canyon view park playground is the worst design. Remember parents want a safe and have kids in eyesight without a billion blind spots. Also please make it useful for kids with all needs. Children who are non mobile need to feel included.
October 6, 2021, 7:28 PM
Alicia Pedroza
Playground equipment, and picnic/ gathering shelters are always an attractive amenity. I am a proponent of walking paths, benches, and thoughtful and plentiful placement of trees. If parking is adequate, perhaps an ampitheater, or a reflective site. Please, no pickleball courts! ;-)
October 6, 2021, 7:16 PM
David Keith Hoffman
We have too many parks poorly designing with nothing to draw families-activity. Lots of grass, even though we live in a desert. When is the city going to recognize this and design a park that isn't wasteful> A design that attracts families and activities reduces crime, obesity and fosters community. Consider Spring Valley Park. One picnic table. Gallons of water for nothing. No walking path, play ground, basketball court, nothing but watering grass. Take the time to do research on parks in desert communities similar to Grand Junction.
October 6, 2021, 6:35 PM
Kellie Jackson
With the vibrant artistic community that we're lucky to have, I would love to see a wide walking trail in sand flanked by trees for the very needed shade. This wide walk could serve as and "Art in the Park" venue for spring, summer, and fall where painters could exhibit their work and demonstrate their techniques in the shade. I would love to see less water thirsty grass and more spaces for activities, and many more trees. A roof somewhere for music players would be nice too, as well as some of the children's activity possibilities shown in the pictures, like the fountain. Thank you.
October 6, 2021, 6:19 PM
Maria E. Cuthbert
I think both tennis courts and pickle ball courts WITH lights would be great, especially if none are planned for Sacomanno Park. CMU and Canyon View are great for league play but we need more tennis courts (smaller number of courts at each new location but with more locations that are accessible to our neighborhoods) because it becomes difficult to find courts on league nights or when the High School is using them. This is not a pickle ball vs tennis issue. Both sports are very popular in our area and deserve support from the city that we all live and pay taxes in. Please think ahead to meet the demands of a rapidly growing North GJ community!
October 6, 2021, 6:04 PM
Rob Boyer
I just love Rotary Park in Moab especially the musical instruments. If you haven’t been there, I recommend it. I would love to see that in Grand Junction, please. https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/utah/moab-rotary-park-ut/amp/Thank
October 6, 2021, 5:26 PM
Mary Ellen Ireland
I read somewhere in your information/correspondence that you are not contemplating Pickleball courts at this park due to the expansion of them at Lincoln Park. That expansion comes after new tennis courts at Canyon View. Which makes no sense due to the tennis courts at LP getting little to no use. Several of us pickleball players have heard from tennis players that they do not like playing tennis at Lincoln Park. So with that said, the new PB courts there cannot come soon enough. Even with that expansion, there will still be a severe shortage for this fast growing popular sport in our community. Please consider pickleball courts at this new park. It seems to me the most cost effective way to get more courts This sport is not going away. It is only going to get more and more popular for all ages. Thank you Alecia Gordon
October 6, 2021, 4:47 PM
Alecia Gordon
We need more Pickleball courts because too many players for the amount of courts and would be nice to have more indoor courts in the winter. Thanks
October 6, 2021, 4:45 PM
Gaylen kettle
We need more pickleball courts.
October 6, 2021, 4:39 PM
gene w benson
Dedicated Pickleball Courts. Look up Brigham City, UT. Their vast array of dedicated courts has put this town of 20,000 on the map. There is a wonderful pro in GJ and a very active club. Dedicated courts would bring tournaments and possible pro events to GJ.
October 6, 2021, 4:36 PM
Lionel Atwill
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