Big Dry Creek trail gets artistic touches

Four underpass murals added in Westminster

Posted 9/25/17

People walking along Westminster’s portion of the Big Dry Creek recreation path have some new things to see as artists complete another set of murals.

Artists are painting murals on each side the underpasses in two places, where the trail goes …

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Big Dry Creek trail gets artistic touches

Four underpass murals added in Westminster

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People walking along Westminster’s portion of the Big Dry Creek recreation path have some new things to see as artists complete another set of murals.

Artists are painting murals on each side the underpasses in two places, where the trail goes under 104th Avenue and where it crosses under Westcliff Parkway. They are companion pieces to the murals painted in 2016 on either side of the path’s underpass below the Boulder-Denver Turnpike.

“We started the program last year,” said Hans Reichgelt with the Westminster Recreation Department. “We’re just trying to add some different life to our trail systems and beautify the underpasses and prevent graffiti. Things like that.”

The city debuted two murals on either side of the U.S. 36 underpass — featuring foxes, frogs and other wildlife on the westbound side and person blowing dandelion seeds on the eastbound side. They were a hit, Reichgelt said.

“We just think it adds another element of enjoyment to the trail user’s experience,” Reichgelt said. “It’s about being outside and wellness and enjoying anature, but when you add that art element it becomes another thing for people to take in while the are out there.”

It comes to six new pieces of art commissioned by the city.

“We have three underpasses, six sides total, six walls in all,” he said.

The murals will only be found along the Big Dry Creek trail for the now, he said.

“We started with Big Dry Creek since it’s our National Recreation Trail,” Reichgelt said. “But once we use up all our underpasses on that one, we can look potentially look elsewhere.”

Next up is the trail’s railroad underpass near 104th and Wadsworth.

“We’ve looked at it for this year, but it needs a little more work,” he said. “It’s a little rough and before we paint it we want to make sure that we don’t have chunks of paint falling off.”

All of the artists have been from Colorado, Reichgelt said.

“We like investing in people from Colorado, that currently reside here,” he said.

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