Litter Letter Project

Photo by Mike Pach, 3 Peaks Photography

In celebration of Arts Month 2020, the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance, Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control & Greenway District, Creek Week, and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region have joined forces once again to orchestrate the 3rd annual Pikes Peak Litter Letter Project. Each year, our local Litter Letter Project produces a unique piece of sculptural art that is constructed with trash collected from public lands and waterways during Creek Week. Modeled after the national Litter Letter Project, and with permission to use their logo and concept, our local Litter Letter Project is fun annual event that signals the official start of Arts Month. It’s also a wonderful cross-sector collaboration between the Arts, Outdoor Recreation, and Environmental sectors that truly benefits the entire community!

The community is invited to participate in several clean-up sessions throughout our local trails and lands during National Public Lands Day (Sept. 26) and in coordination with our local Creek Week (Sept. 26 – Oct. 4). Participants will gather litter at several sites and then fill giant letters made from recycled metal that spell a different word each year. In 2018, our word was “INSPIRE.” Last year’s word was “PRISTINE.” The new word for 2020 is “RESILIENT.

Thanks to these Creek Week partners who have adopted a 2020 litter letter to help spell out the word RESILIENT:

– Angler’s Covey
– City Public Health Ambassadors
– Concrete Coyote
– Dragonfly Yoga
– HBA/HBA Cares
– Matrix
– Mile Hi Youth Corps
– Storybook Brewing
– UpaDowna

The litter letters, constructed by local nonprofit Concrete Couch, will be on display throughout the month of October in celebration of Arts Month. Well-sited on a berm, just off Cimarron Street, east of I-25 and south of America the Beautiful Park, the art piece is also visible from the adjacent trail. DOWNLOAD THE AREA MAP.

Photo by Mike Pach, 3 Peaks Photography

On Friday, October 2nd at 4:30PM, just before the start of First Friday, there will be a public dedication for the 2020 art piece. Community members and the local media are invited to attend, so long as they follow current public health guidelines to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Please DOWNLOAD THE AREA MAP for parking directions. The dedication event will feature remarks by:

  • Tom Strand, Councilman, City of Colorado Springs
  • Becky Leinweber, Executive Director, Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance
  • Bill Banks, Executive Director, Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District
  • Angela Seals, Deputy Director, Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region

Following the brief dedication event, everyone is invited to celebrate the start of Arts Month 2020 by participating in the October First Friday event from 5-8PM in Downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, and Manitou Springs. Throughout the month, the local community is also invited to support our Litter Letter Project though a special social media campaign on Instagram, by using the hashtag #PikesPeakLitterLetters to show us how you are staying RESILIENT during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Media inquiries and questions about the project should be directed to Andy Vick at andy@CulturalOffice.org.

2020 Pikes Peak Litter Letter Project Partners:

  • Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance
  • Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control & Greenway District
  • Creek Week
  • 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
  • Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs
  • PikeRide
  • Nor’wood Development Group
Video by Jack M. Hebert, PPORA Marketing Intern
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