Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park – $150K Needed

parksign_shelterThe City of Westminster Parks & Recreation and the Westminster Legacy Foundation have raised $300,000 of the $450,000 needed for the remodel costs of Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park. They hope to raise the remaining $150,000 in community donations over the next two months so that the city can complete the park renovation.

The City of Westminster was already planning to renovate the park in 2014, but now the improvements will happen in 2013. The park originally named “Chelsea Park” was renamed “Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park” in November, 2012 after Westminster City Council voted unanimously to rename the park in honor of Jessica. A new park sign donated by Majestic Metals was installed in December, 2012.

In keeping with The Ridgeway Family’s wishes, the park will be a celebration of Jessica’s life. The City of Westminster has collaborated with The Ridgeway Family on the design and has committed $200,00 in cash and in-kind services.

The Ridgeways are excited and proud of the City of Westminster fundraising for the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park. Jessica would want the park to be a place that embraces the fun and joy she had playing there with her scooter, dog and friends. It will be a place for families to gather and enjoy for years.

Before the holidays the Westminster Legacy Foundation received the first major outside contribution to the park remodel, a $100,000 pledge of conservation-trust funds from the Jefferson County Commission.

With the $150,000 balance, the City of Westminster Parks & Recreations director Don Tripp said the city must decide by March or April how much they will build this year.

“If we don't raise all the money, we won't be able to build all the elements, but we'll still have a terrific park,” Tripp said.

Jon Johnston, a member of the Westminster Rotary Club, said the city's plans go well beyond what they ever envisioned.

“It's going to be an impressive refurbishment of the park, and it's certainly going to incorporate elements that are indicative of Jessica and her exuberance and joy of life,” said Johnston.

The Westminster Legacy Foundation is coordinating the fundraising efforts, in partnership with the Westminster Rotary Club.

Purple ribbons are a dominant theme in the proposal, intended to call to mind Jessica's enjoyment of cheerleading and her favorite color.

Help make this park a reality for the community and Jessica!

To donate directly to the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park Fund visit the website by clicking here (major credit cards accepted)

You can send a check made payable to:

Westminster Legacy Foundation
P.O. Box 350356
Westminster, CO 80035-0356

Please note on the check that your donation is intended for the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park Fund.

Donations to the Westminster Legacy Foundation are tax deductible.

Corporate and group donations are welcomed. For more information, contact Laura Magnetti or Karen Layfield, at the Westminster Legacy Foundation, 303-658-2209.

To see all the proposed park designs click here.

NOTE: All designs are preliminary and dependent on funding and final design.

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