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Lakewood’s 40 West ArtLine pilot project staff asks for community input

The creators of a “green line” aiming to help cyclists, walkers and runners discover Lakewood need your help.

Staff members behind the 40 West ArtLine pilot project are looking for community input to develop the painted green line and other markers that will lead walkers and bikers between city parks. The last day to lend your voice is March 1.

“We encourage people to get outside between now and March 1 and enjoy a warm mid-winter day by walking or biking along the ¾-mile pilot project route,” said Lakewood principal planner Alexis Moore. “Afterward, we hope they’ll share their thoughts about the green line and other route markings in a 1-minute survey on our new project website.”

The 40 West ArtLine project’s goal is to connect three city parks. The paved trail will stretch from Aviation Park in northeast Lakewood across West Colfax Avenue to Mountair Park in the Two Creeks neighborhood and then on to Walker-Branch Park. Ground murals and sculptures, many of which will be influenced by Colorado’s state fossil, the stegosaurus, will dot the route, enticing people to explore.

The green line is already sketched along the trail but will be updated and enhanced based on community suggestions.

“We hope the ArtLine will help encourage and inspire residents in the area to walk and bike to their neighborhood parks and experience them and the route connecting them in a new, unique way — as a free outdoor art gallery experience,” Moore said. “The events hosted by 40 West Arts and others along the route, both now and in the future, will bring people together and provide opportunities for community gathering and celebration — something we’ve heard is important to the community through many planning processes in this area.”

The city is also looking for volunteers to help paint several ground murals along the route.

“One of the big things we heard from the community throughout this process is that they want the ArtLine to be immersive, engaging, interactive and evolving — not static,” Moore said. “We’ve worked hard to develop an experience and amenity where art along the route can be expanded upon in the future in order to create that dynamic experience the community said they wanted.”

Artwork installation is scheduled to begin in March and continue into June. For more information about the 40 West ArtLine project, to complete the green line survey or to view renderings of sculptures accepted for the project, visit 40westartline.org/pilotproject.

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