WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4) – The city of Westminster is hoping to raise about $150,000 in donations to help complete a park honoring the memory of Jessica Ridgeway.
Ten-year-old Jessica was abducted while walking to school and later murdered. She was taken while on her way to meet friends at Chelsea Park to walk to school. The name of the park is now Jessica Ridgeway Park.
The city of Westminster wants to revamp the entire park — all in the memory of Jessica, but they need help to make it a reality.
The city and the Westminster Legacy Foundation have been working with Jessica’s family. Trough those interviews with the family they have designed a park that they think she would have loved.
“She liked movement and dance and purple ribbons, so the design staff spent a lot of time with the family and they will incorporate those ideas — of Jessica’s, really — the things that she loved, into the design of the park,” said Laura Magnetti, Westminster Legacy Foundation Co-Director.
Purple, Jessica’s favorite color, will be prominent in the design. They’ve also incorporated some of Jessica’s favorite playground equipment, like a swing-set in the shape of a ribbon and a zip line. They’ll also be constructing raised gardens, and on each of the planters knock-knock jokes, another favorite of Jessica’s.
The new park is estimated to cost upwards of $450,000. The city has said they will chip in $200,000, and Jefferson Open Space says they will chip in another $100,000. Now they are seeking donations for the remaining $150,000. For information on how to donate, visit westminsterlegacyfoundation.org.