Volunteers finish construction on Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- On Saturday, dozens of volunteers came together to give their final push to finish construction on the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park.

Volunteers raked, shoveled and moved more than 500 cubic tons of mulch while battling 90 degree temperatures all to honor Ridgeway.

They worked in two hours shifts, some starting as early as eight o'clock in the morning.

Much of the design and play structures at the park incorporate Jessica's favorite color, purple.

"When you drive by you instantly know it belongs to her," said park designer Kathy. "The hope is that it brings joy."

The 10-year-old was kidnapped and killed last October while on her way to school. Ridgeway was supposed to meet her friends at the park, but never showed up.

"It's a special situation. It's a great healing thing for the community," said Jason Genck, general operations manager for Westminster Department of Parks and Recreation.

The price tag for the memorial park cost about $650,000. While the City of Westminster kicked in about $150,000, the rest came from donations grants and gifts.

The park will be open to the public in October.

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