Park to refund ticket given to Columbine family

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Officials at Roxborough State Park have agreed to refund a ticket given to a couple visiting a memorial inside the park.

The couple came to 9NEWS after a park ranger ticketed them for "unlawful entry" while they visited the site of 13 crosses built within the park to memorialize the Columbine High School tragedy. The ticket cost the couple more than $50.

Rhonda Haggerty's cousin, Kyle Velasquez, was killed during the shooting at Columbine.

The park later explained that, when the couple visited on March 21, they walked across a designated natural area to visit the site which is against park rules.

Haggerty says a park ranger was waiting for the couple at their car when they returned from the site. She says the ranger asked where they were. When they explained they were visiting the crosses and who they were, the ranger called for another ranger.

The pair of rangers decided to give Rhonda and her husband the ticket anyway.

"We didn't really want to be ticketing folks who [might have] misunderstood how to get to this area," Jennifer Churchill, a spokesperson for the park, told 9NEWS Wednesday.

Haggerty said she spoke to the head ranger of the park late Wednesday, and he agreed to refund the ticket.

Park officials say visitors can avoid problems by walking down an access road to the memorial, located along Roxborough Drive about a mile past the park entrance. They also ask that visitors to the park call ahead.

Roxborough office (closest to the park): 303-973-3959

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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