Last month, Grand Junction residents protested a decision by the city to change Colorado West Park, known locally as the “wedge,” into a median. The decision will impact the homeless in Grand Junction, where it is illegal to panhandle in medians.
Homeless advocates, many of whom for safety reasons supported the law prohibiting panhandling in medians, told reporters in June that they were going to fight the city’s decision to convert West Park into a median. They say there was no public input before the Grand Junction officials re-oriented the park as a median.
According to local news sources, the city says nothing illegal was done because the area of land in question was never officially a park, it was just commonly referred to as one. The land in question is located at the junction of two state highways.