Montrose, CO — After a months-long project to improve safety, playground equipment, and overall accessibility at Buckley Park, the City of Montrose is pleased to announce the official grand opening ceremony and celebration for the park on Saturday, December 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The city will host a hotdog cookout, along with refreshments, as part of the celebration.
Public Works Director Jim Scheid said the Buckley Park playground replacement project became a top priority following a 2021 audit of all city playgrounds. This audit identified several playgrounds in the city that were past their usable life. As Buckley Park is one of the oldest and busiest parks in the city, it was selected as the best candidate for the first replacement.
Following a public open house discussion earlier this year, a list of replacement priorities based on playground use, condition, and availability of replacement parts was formulated. The final design is centered around the principles of accessibility, inclusivity, and safety.
“The new playground meets federal and industry standards while also being an engaging place for kids to play and enjoy life,” Scheid said. “Having been in service for several decades, Buckley Park is a place of fond memories for many longtime residents.”
City staff are excited to unveil the new playground. All residents are encouraged to attend the ceremony on December 2 to celebrate this rejuvenated space that will be enjoyed by current and future generations.