Chelsea Park renamed Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park by Westminster City Council

WESTMINSTER, Colo. - A park where a makeshift memorial grew during the search for Jessica Ridgeway and after the discovery of her body is being renamed in the 10-year-old girl's honor.

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 at 10765 Moore Street, several blocks from her home.

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

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

The Westminster City Council voted Monday to change the name of Chelsea Park to Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park. The City Manager's Office reported on Thursday the park's old sign has been taken down and will be replaced one bearing the new name in about two weeks.

Documents prepared for the Monday City Council meeting by Donald M. Tripp, director of Parks, Recreation and Libraries for Westminster, show the original estimated the price for changing the sign would be $2,500. The city manager's announcement, however, said Majestic Metals volunteered to replace the sign at no cost to the city.

The City Council documents also said that Tripp's department is considering plans to improve the park at an estimated cost of between $250,000 and $350,000. Because there is only $85,000 available in the 2014 Parks General Capital Improvement Fund, Tripp wrote there will be a need to raise funds for the project.

Tripp also wrote that his department plans to accommodate the Ridgeway family's request to have volunteers participate in a project at the park.

Local residents led by Linda Mitchell and the Westminster Noon Rotary Club lobbied for the name of the park to be changed, Tripp wrote.

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