In celebration of Arts Month, the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance, Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District, and Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region have joined forces to orchestrate the 2nd annual Pikes Peak Litter Letter Project—resulting in a unique piece of public art that is constructed with trash collected from our lands and waterways during Creek Week. Modeled after the national Litter Letter Project, and with permission to use their logo and concept, the local Pikes Peak Litter Letter Project aims to inspire environmental stewardship by creating a piece of temporary, public art that highlights local efforts to keep our public lands and waterways clean.
The Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance, Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District, and Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, together with our other program partners (see below), are excited to collaborate on this annual project that brings together the arts and outdoor recreation communities in a way that celebrates Arts Month, supports Creek Week, and benefits the entire Pikes Peak region.
The community is invited to participate in several clean-ups throughout our local trails and lands during National Public Lands Day (Sept. 28) and in coordination with Creek Week (Sept. 28 to Oct. 6). Participants will gather litter at several sites and then fill giant letters made from recycled metal that spell the word “PRISTINE.”
The letters, constructed by Concrete Couch, will be on display throughout the month of October in celebration of Arts Month on a berm, just off Cimarron Street, east of I-25, and south of America the Beautiful Park DOWNLOAD AREA MAP. The general public is also invited to support the project though a social media contest on Instagram, by using the hashtag #PikesPeakLitterLetters to show us how you keep your community PRISTINE.
The installation of the art piece and a public dedication for the project will be held on location Tuesday, October 1st at 4:00PM, and will feature brief remarks by:
- Jill Gaebler, Councilwoman, City of Colorado Springs
- Becky Leinweber, Executive Director, Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance
- Alli Schuch, Watershed Outreach Coordinator, Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District
- Andy Vick, Executive Director, Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region
Following the brief dedication event, everyone is invited to hang out and share a little “happy hour” with the Creek Week volunteers, and the many other partners that made the 2019 Pikes Peak Litter Letter Project possible. The public and local media are invited to attend and participate. Media inquiries and questions about the project can be directed to Andy Vick at andy@CulturalOffice.org or 719-634-2204.
Pikes Peak Litter Letter Project Partners:
- Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance
- Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District
- Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region
- Focus on the Forest
- Concrete Couch
- Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services
- Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise
- 3 Peaks Photography
- Waste Management
Check out this video from Fox21 News on this year’s project!