Over the years, however, the overall condition of the park has steadily declined, and residents have advocated for improvements. In 2017, a fire in the park’s band shell turned those ideas into action. Thanks to an outpouring of public concern and civic engagement, along with funding from the Old Colorado City Foundation, the Trails, Open Space and Parks tax (TOPS) and Lodgers and Automobile Rental (LART) tax, Bancroft is poised to see some significant upgrades.
Along with the already completed bandshell repairs, over half a million dollars will go toward making the park a more welcoming place for everyone who visits. Among the changes in store:
- An expanded and enhanced plaza area to encourage community gatherings
- New, prefabricated self-cleaning restrooms, which are expected to discourage misuse and decrease maintenance costs
- Removal of the park’s pavilion
- A new playground to attract more families and children
- Landscaping to beautify the park
Work on this new chapter in the story of Bancroft Park is currently under way and will wrap up in October.