Adult exercise equipment will be installed at Joe Rowell Park – The Journal


Joe Rowell Park will receive adult exercise machines. (Photo from newspaper file)

Dolores considers the features of the design options

Joe Rowell Park in Dolores is about to get a facelift.

The park reopened in 2020 after undergoing extensive renovations following its closure in 2017 for safety reasons. After two years of fundraising, the park has completed the repairs needed to open.

The city now plans to add new features to the park.

The town of Dolores surveyed 42 residents to gauge interest in possible park features. Some respondents expressed interest in more walking trails, better river access, picnic shelters and a dog play area. One person suggested creating a space for a drive-in.

The city now has two master plans to consider. The concepts are similar but have some differences.

Both park designs include new parking lots that would provide a combined total of 212 spaces. Both designs also have a community garden and orchard, exercise equipment for adults, new picnic shelters, stage, wading pool, river trails, park trails, riverside beach and a pedestrian bridge over the river.

Masterplan 1 also includes a dog park and bike park, and Masterplan 2 includes a food truck area and skate park.

The first update will include two exercise machines for adults, City Manager Kenneth Charles said.

“The city has ordered two new pieces of equipment for adult outdoor exercise equipment,” he said. “It includes an upright bike and a rowing machine. We hope to receive them and have them installed this fall.

Incorporating adult exercise equipment into the park emphasizes healthy habits while encouraging people to be active outdoors and in the sun. These types of exercises also reduce stress.

Soon, the city will choose between the two models. Once decided, it will be posted on the City’s website.

Residents are encouraged to complete a park survey on the city’s website.

“We have an online survey tool, and our consultant Logan Simpson went to Riverfest and Summerfest to gather public information,” Charles said. “The parks committee has worked with Logan Simpson and the city council has been kept informed. No decision has been made on any of the concepts.


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