In anticipation of the 25th anniversary of Confluence Park, the city's parks crew has been busy clearing away invasive trees, rebuilding the handicap-accessible fishing peninsula, and constructing a new dock on the east side of the lake. Several new fitness stations have been erected along the red rock trail, and at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, a water feature is a memorial to longtime city gardener Raymond Tetreault. Dedication of the water feature is scheduled at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 2, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the fishing peninsula at 11 a.m.
In between, there will be lots of activities to celebrate the park's anniversary. There's a bike rodeo in the Lions Pavilion parking lot (10 a.m. to noon), dog agility demonstrations (9 to 10 a.m. in the dog park), sand volleyball competition, archery and disc golf demonstrations, a climbing wall and a search-and-rescue obstacle course. The fun is primarily scheduled during the morning, but paddleboards and kayaks will be available on the east shore of the lake until 2 p.m.
Join the Elks for lunch behind the recreation center (available for a nominal fee). An art/photography show is scheduled in the Lions Pavilion from 9 to 2, and a poker walk from 9 to 10 a.m. is sponsored by the trumpet section of the Delta High School marching band.
Try your hand at pickleball on the tennis courts (8 a.m. to noon) and stop by Fort Uncompahgre to watch Dutch oven cooking demonstrations by the Boy Scouts.
As noted in the DCI in July 3, 1991, "It doesn't take long to recognize that Confluence Park is something special. It is also amazingly varied."
Confluence Park is known as the "gem" of the city. With a bit of polish, it's poised to shine well into the future.