Dolores

Austin Cope

A standing-room-only crowd packed the Dolores Town Hall Monday night to voice concerns about the recent closure of the popular playground in Joe Rowell Park.

Austin Cope

On Monday night, the Dolores Town Board met to discuss the future of the playground at Joe Rowell Park. The structure was fenced off due to safety reasons after the board's meeting on September 11th.

Gail Binkly

Dolores Mayor Santiago Lopez has publicly weighed in on the emotional discussion around last week’s closure of the popular playground in Joe Rowell Park.

In an editorial published Monday in the Cortez Journal, Lopez apologized for Board’s decision to close the deteriorating playground. He said concerns about safety and liability prompted the board to follow recommendations from the town staff and attorney to block access to the structure immediately.

Gail Binkly

The playground at Joe Rowell Park in Dolores has been an emotional topic of discussion after the Dolores Town Board voted to close the structure on September 11th, citing safety reasons.

Photo courtesy Hugh Robinson

The decision by the Dolores Town Board to close a popular playground in Joe Rowell Park has raised questions about the town’s obligation to maintain the state-funded site. The Ron Kotarski Memorial Playground was built in 2001, utilizing a $100,000 grant from the Great Outdoors Colorado program and considerable volunteer labor. On Monday, the town board voted to close the playground for safety reasons, saying some of its wooden components are splintering and rotting.

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