Westminster seeks donations for $150,000 park to honor Jessica Ridgeway

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- If the city can raise $150,000 in the next two months, Westminster officials say they will build a memorial park that slain 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway would have loved.

The park would include a heavy dose of the child's favorite color, purple, jokes inscribed on garden beds and a safe play structure inspired by the zipline.

"If we don't raise all the money, we won't be able to build all the elements, but we'll still have a terrific park," Tripp told the Denver Post.

That is thanks to a few generous contributions already received for the project, the total cost of which is expected to be $450,000. 

The city has already committed $200,000 to renovate existing Chelsea Park at 10765 Moore Street, which will be renamed the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park. A $100,000 donation from the Jefferson County Commission's conservation-trust fund has also given the project a boost.

Want to get in on the effort to aid Jessica's Park? Here's how you can do so:

Donations to the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park Fund can be made through the Westminster Legacy Foundation online at givingfirst.org or by mail at this address: Westminster Legacy Foundation, P.O. Box 350356, Westminster, CO 80035-0356.

For more info or to make an in-kind donation, call the city of Westminster at 303-658-2192.

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