GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. For the past 3 years there's been a strong push for the Colorado National Monument to be changed to a national park. On Tuesday representatives from the Grand Valley Region Citizens for a National Park updated the Visitor and Convention Bureau board on the status of legislation that would change the Monument's status.
A committee appointed by Senator Mark Udall and Congressman Scott Tipton, made of local residents have submitted their ideas to the lawmakers. Now they are one step closer to drafting legislation that would make the change official.
Those who sit on the VCB board say they support the change and feel it will be good for the grand valley.
"Having those visitors come to Grand Junction has a nice economic impact to the entire community and it puts Grand Junction on the national map," says Long Carpenter, chairmen of the VCB board.
Officials with the Grand Valley Region Citizens for a National Park have been working on the change for a long time. They say not only will it help with economics but there will be improvements for the area.
“There's going to be some improved access for glade park residents and in addition to that there will be a new line of communication that we have not had in this valley before between our community and the national park," says Terri Chappell, with the GVRCNP.