Downtown park dedicated to Samaritan

More than a year-and-a-half after the Craig City Council dedicated the downtown park to the late Alice Schrepferman Pleasant, a ceremony was held making the name official.

Government officials as well as Craig residents were on hand Monday evening for the ceremony.

Pleasant was known as a pioneer in recreational opportunities in Northwest Colorado.

Pleasant came to Craig in 1934 and, seeing a need for recreational opportunities, dove in and provided time, labor and money ensure Craig residents had those chances.

"Alice Pleasant came and immediately began to make recreational improvements in the City of Craig," City Manager Jim Ferree said. "There were a number of accomplishments she made here."

Pleasant was the driving force behind creating three golf courses, one at the Sandrocks, one at the Moffat County Fairgrounds and the present Yampa Valley Golf Course. Though the limit to what most people would have done, that wasn't the end for Pleasant.

She went on to help build two tennis courts at the City Park and two in the Highland Subdivision. Pleasant continued her quest and raised all the money, organized volunteers, mixed cement and helped dig the first swimming pool in the city of Craig.

Pleasant was the director of the Red Cross Swim program for 28 years and was a charter member of the Moffat County Arts and Humanities, active until her death in 1988. She is also recognized for helping save the Yampa school building from demolition.

Alice was a visionary and saw the need for a downtown park which became a reality when the old Carpenter building was torn down, members of the Downtown Business Association stated. They felt it would be a fitting tribute to Pleasant to name the little park the "Alice Pleasant Park."

Craig resident Patti May was at the forefront of the movement to name the park. She began the process ten years ago, but was "shot down," she said.

She presented the question again three years ago and has been working since to see the process through.

It was important, she said, because of all of Pleasant's accomplishments.

"There were things people didn't even realize needed to be done and she did them," May said.

According to May, Pleasant was far from the limelight during her life. She was married to city attorney Sid Pleasant, the more visible of the two.

Alice worked behind the scenes and never trumpeted her accomplishments.

"She didn't take credit for these things. She never said what she did," May said. "She never tooted her own horn about her accomplishments."

Each year, the Pleasants donated allowed their house to be used as the headquarters for a "wicked witch," a Halloween tradition that many long-time Craig residents will remember.

May circulated a petition which 17 downtown business owners signed in favor of the park dedication.

"I think its a very nice honor for my mother," Pam Pleasant-Foster said. "She did a lot for the community throughout the years. she had always envisioned a park at this particular location.

"She would be delighted and humbled to know that this park is being named in her honor," Foster said.

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