Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Arts news from up the pass

Posted By on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 5:04 PM

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Continuing with Woodland Park's push to apply to be a creative district through the State of Colorado, a meeting with the Woodland Park Arts Alliance will be held Tues., April 22 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center.

In addition to introducing new board members, Andy Vic of COPPeR will discuss "how art and culture can greatly benefit a city, both artistically and economically."

Meanwhile, in Green Mountain Falls, the Historic Green Mountain Falls Foundation, a program advised by the Kirkpatrick Foundation, which is overseeing many improvements to the town, including the annual Green Box Arts Festival, announced that it acquired Dewey Mountain.

Per the press release: "Comprised of 120 acres of forest, Dewey Mountain was purchased by the Foundation to protect the town’s tree-lined backscape, as well as the various trails that are also found on the property, and enjoyed by residents and visitors, alike."

Chairman Christian Keesee says, "“The Historic Green Mountain Falls Foundation takes a very thoughtful approach to preservation, and aims to restore and maintain properties in a manner that leaves a small footprint and maintains the inherent qualities of each property, but leads to a big, positive impact on the community."

The foundation owns four other properties in GMF, Mountain Road Corner, H.B. Wallace Reserve, the Green Box Workshop and Lakeview Terrace. 

Read the whole release after the jump.



HISTORIC GREEN MOUNTAIN FALLS FOUNDATION ACQUIRES DEWEY MOUNTAIN, 120 ACRES OF FOREST, IN GREEN MOUNTAIN FALLS, COLO.
Foundation Continues Mission to Enhance & Preserve Land, Historic Properties Throughout
Green Mountain Falls and Surrounding Region

GREEN MOUNTAIN FALLS, COLO. – (March 25, 2014) – With the most recent acquisition of Dewey Mountain, The Historic Green Mountain Falls Foundation is continuing its mission to sustain historic preservation, open space, parks, trails and other projects that are an integral part of Green Mountain Falls’ and Chipita Park’s distinctive setting at the base of Pikes Peak. Comprised of 120 acres of forest, Dewey Mountain was purchased by the Foundation to protect the town’s tree-lined backscape, as well as the various trails that are also found on the property, and enjoyed by residents and visitors, alike.

“The Historic Green Mountain Falls Foundation takes a very thoughtful approach to preservation, and aims to restore and maintain properties in a manner that leaves a small footprint and maintains the inherent qualities of each property, but leads to a big, positive impact on the community,” said Christian Keesee, chairman of The Historic Green Mountain Falls Foundation. “Dewey Mountain is one of only five properties owned by the Foundation, all of which have been acquired with the community’s future in mind, ensuring they are maintained, and can thus be enjoyed for generations to come.”

The Kirkpatrick’s are a family with a rich history in the region, having visited and vacationed in Green Mountain Falls since the early 1900s. Formed in 2006, The Historic Green Mountain Falls Foundation is advised by a Board of Governors appointed by the Kirkpatrick Family Fund an affiliated fund of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, whose hope is that the work of the Historic Green Mountain Falls Foundation will inspire others to participate in their efforts to preserve and enhance Green Mountain Falls and the surrounding area.

Other properties preserved by The Historic Green Mountain Falls Foundation include:

· Mountain Road Corner: Located at the intersection of Ute Pass and Mountain Road, Mountain Road Corner connects the communities of Green Mountain Falls and Chipita Park. Prior to the Foundation’s involvement, it was littered with dilapidated buildings and mounds of debris; now the vacant buildings are removed, grass and wildflowers were planted and ailing trees are cared for.

· H. B. Wallace Reserve: Comprised of 95 acres of forest and privately developed trails, the H. B. Wallace Reserve has been maintained in honor of a former resident of the same name. Wallace built a series of trails on the land that he allowed the community to enjoy; when he died, the community was concerned about the potential for inappropriate development and the loss of the trails, which he had so carefully built and preserved. Through a private/public partnership with the community, the Kirkpatrick Trail was built to connect the public and private trail systems. This project preserves a wonderful legacy that can be enjoyed by residents and visitors to the Green Mountain Falls area.

· Green Box Workshop: Formerly the Falls Motel, this property was donated to the Historic Green Mountain Falls Foundation when it was determined that a commercial use was not viable due to its location in the flood plain. The location of the property, in the center of Green Mountain Falls and adjacent to its public park and lake, made it a valuable asset to the community for communal events and activities, as well as a new income source for the town through private rental of the space for events and functions. The motel has been repurposed to include an outdoor covered “Farm Stand” space, and in the future, studio spaces that can be utilized by artists.

· Lakeview Terrace: Built in 1929, this property went into foreclosure prior to its purchase by the Foundation, which ensured preservation of this historic structure and saved it from possible demolition. To date, the property grounds have been improved, and the building has received important repairs that will impede further deterioration. Once the future purpose of the building has been determined, plans for renovations will begin.

About The Historic Green Mountain Falls Foundation
Created as an LLC of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, a family that has a rich history in the region, and vacationed in the area since the early 1900s, The Historic Green Mountain Falls Foundation is committed to the enhancement and preservation of the unique qualities of Green Mountain Falls and Chipita Park, Colorado. The purpose of the Foundation is to focus on historic preservation, open space, parks, trails and projects that are an integral part of this distinctive setting at the base of Pikes Peak. Formed in 2006, the Foundation is advised by a Board of Governors appointed by the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, an Affiliated Fund of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. It is the desire of the Board that the work of the Historic Green Mountain Falls Foundation will inspire others to participate in our efforts to preserve and enhance Green Mountain Falls and the surrounding area.

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