GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Kayaking won’t be the only way to soak up the sun this summer in Grand Junction. Bonsai Design, an outdoor recreation business is helping develop and revamp Las Colonias Park, which will include a zipline.
Thaddeus Shrader, owner and CEO of Bonsai Design is excited about building up Las Colonias. “We thought, you know what, we can get school groups down here, we can all sorts of corporate events if people want to play with it. Turning that research line into a public amenity was a great master stroke and think it’s going to serve the community really well,” says Shrader.
The city of Grand Junction is teaming up with the downtown development authority to invest 30 million dollars into the park.
The Executive Director of Grand Junction Economic Partnership, Robin Brown, believes this public private partnership will benefit the growth of the city. “It’s a neat story about collaboration and public private partnerships, redevelopment of the riverfront,” says Brown.
The new zipline will start at Eagle Rim Park and go to Las Colonias Park and will span a quarter mile.
Brown is also ecstatic because she thinks the zipline will keep the younger generations around. “It’s just reinvestment in the community, making ourselves an attractive place to live and it’s drawing families and young professionals to the area.”