Westminster park renamed for Jessica Ridgeway

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. – A park in Westminster has been renamed after a 10-year-old girl who was kidnapped and murdered last month.

The Westminster City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to rename Chelsea Park to Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park.

The movement to change the park’s name was initiated by two members of the Westminster Noon Rotary Club.

The park at 10765 Moore St. is currently being renovated. Plans are to move the renovations up to next year and incorporate some of Jessica’s favorite things including purple, additional trees and a zip line.

Family members went to the hearing on Monday and thanked the city.

Thursday residents gathered around the park after news of the renaming passed around.

“I’ve got three kids and I’ve spent a good amount of time here outside in my neighborhood in particular over there. It’s great,” said Tim Hammett.

“I think it’s a great way to honor her memory but also remind us that in the back of our minds we still need to be careful,” said Lynette Gregg.

The former park sign should be removed in a few weeks’ time and will be replaced with one bought by the group Majestic Metals.

Ridgeway lived near Chelsea Park. She went missing on Oct. 5.

Over five weeks hundreds of volunteers helped look for the little girl. Interest in the case spread across the nation.

On October 10, investigators found a dismembered body in an Arvada open space that turned out to be Jessica.

On Oct. 23, Austin Reed Sigg was arrested in connection with her disappearance after police said he confessed. He faces 17 charges including murder and sexual assault. Sigg will be tried as an adult.