Work begins on Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park upgrades

WESTMINSTER, Colo. - Work is under way to rebuild a Westminster Park in memory Jessica Ridgeway, the 10-year-old who was murdered in October.

Crews started Tuesday by taking apart the existing playground equipment at the park at 10765 Moore Street in Westminster, formerly known as Chelsea Park. The equipment will be donated to children overseas.

Ridgeway disappeared on Oct. 5 as she was walking to meet up with friends at Chelsea Park so they could all walk to school together. The park is located just a few blocks from Ridgeway's home.

Jessica never got to the park, and her remains were found in an Arvada open space park five days later.

A makeshift memorial grew at Chelsea park during the search for Ridgeway, and the Westminster City Council voted to change the name in November.

Austin Reed Sigg was arrested and charged with the girl's murder on Oct. 24.

During a preliminary hearing earlier this year, prosecutors played a 911 call where Sigg admitted to killing Ridgeway and to trying to kidnap the jogger.

On April 12, however, he entered a plea of "not guilty" in court.

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