GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
Lincoln Park Stadium isn’t just where you cheer on your favorite teams, it’s a community hub seeing about 180 days of use a year, and it’s getting a major upgrade. Mayor Chuck McDaniel says, “This facility is a testament to the power of partnership and cooperation that is so strong in Grand Junction. It’s also a testament to responsible use of public funds.”
The funds pay for new northern bleachers at Suplizio Field, new western bleachers at Stocker stadium, the replacement of the outfield, electrical upgrades, it upgrades, upgrades to the northwest and southwest entryways, and converting to all led stadium lighting. Former Colorado Mesa University President, Tim Foster says, “This community, we’re different. We just are.”
The community pays to see the games, but the renovation is paid by a partnership between the city, Colorado Mesa University, School District 51, and JUCO who see the progress as a sign of hope for better years. Superintendent Diana Sirko for D51 says, “Most school districts had to cancel their graduations across the state, and we were able to use this facility for our graduation.” “It feels great to see some progress happening beyond meetings and paperwork,” said JUCO Director of Operations, Darren Coltrinari.
The city of Grand Junction and its partners have come together to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony of the $10 million plus Lincoln Park Stadium renovation. But, the ground already broke two weeks ago with the demolition of the bleachers, and one organization in particular is celebrating a big win for putting up half the funds for only eight days of use. Coltrinari says, “Back in 2020 one thing we didn’t have was a tournament, but one thing we did do was negotiate a new contract. So, we did solidify that the JUCO World Series will be here through 2045.
The renovation project is said to be completed before graduation and just in time for JUCO.