Help Woodland Park fund its historical mural

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After all is said and done, the east side of the Ute Pass Cultural Center, all 145 feet of it, will be painted with the history of Woodland Park.

That's the plan, anyway, and it's going to take $25,000 to do it.

Commissioned by the Woodland Park Arts Alliance/Creative District, the mural, "The Story of Us," starts with the Nechew people, and progresses through the U.S.' western expansion into the area, the settling of Woodland Park as we know it today, and ends in late 1950s "when vestiges of the Old West were still easily identifiable in Woodland Park, as horses and cars still shared parking spaces throughout the town."

Longtime Woody P resident and artist Lois Sprague will paint the mural, having studied the area history extensively, as well as what materials will hold up best in the climate.

The mural will also include periodic QR codes that will play historical "movies" about the town, which will be researched, written and performed by Woodland Park High School students.

Some money has already been pledged, but it's going to take $9,000 in public donations to help defray the costs. If the Kickstarter fund and all other considerations work out, work will begin in June and finish by the end of October, depending on the weather. Organizers expect the first segment (the largest at 28-feet-by-25-feet, given the Center's elevation on its hill), will finish in July.

As of this writing, eight backers have already pledged $1,000, and there's 58 days to go. Click here to donate; click here for more details on the mural itself.

Below are designs for the mural, going up the hill left-to-right, all courtesy WPAA and artist Lois Sprague.

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