Jefferson County pledges $100,000 to Ridgeway Memorial Park
Jefferson County Commissioners on Dec. 18 announced a $100,000 contribution to the city of Westminster's Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park Fund.
This is the first major contribution to the park renovation, which will be an enduring tribute to the memory of a girl whose joyful spirit touched so many. Plans for the park include some of Jessica's favorite things, like a zip-line-like track ride, knock-knock jokes, flowers and her favorite color, purple.
In a letter to Westminster Mayor Nancy McNally, Commissioner Faye Griffin wrote, "Your vision to make the park a memorial and a joyful place for children is wonderful. We were especially touched by the use of Jessica's favorite color purple in the park design to reflect her interests and personality."
The Jefferson County contribution will come from its share of the Colorado Lottery's Conservation Trust Fund.
"We are so pleased to receive this generous contribution, which will help us build Jessica's park," said McNally. "We are grateful for the support of the commissioners and all the residents in Jefferson County."
Fundraising for the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park is being led by the Westminster Legacy Foundation, in partnership with the Westminster Rotary Club. Donations are being actively sought to help fund major improvements to the park.
"The Rotary Club of Westminster is pleased and excited that the Jefferson County Commissioners have committed $100,000 for the rehabilitation of Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park," said the club's Jon Johnston. "It is a huge boost to the fundraising efforts needed to complete the project. The Rotary Club of Westminster continues its commitment to the project and to Jessica Ridgeway's memory."
Complete details on the fundraising effort, including plans for the park and ways to contribute, are on the Westminster Legacy Foundation website, www.westminsterlegacyfoundation.org.