The completion of significant renovations to Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City were celebrated on Friday, July 24 during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the park.
Among the improvements are a new automated restroom with self-cleaning features; a renewed event plaza for special events that includes new lights, trees, benches, picnic tables and a decorative railing and retaining wall that incorporates rock from the old pavilion foundation; a play area with climbing features and musical flowers; and accessibility improvements throughout the space.
The renovation was spurred by an accidental fire in the park’s band shell in 2017 and driven by a community-led effort to reinvigorate the space.
The total project cost was $845,000. It included funds from the Conservation Trust Fund, Old Colorado City Foundation, the Lodgers and Automobile Rental sales tax (LART), park land development fees, the Trails, Open Space and Parks sales tax (TOPS) and Americans with Disabilities Act general funds.