Colorado Springs, CO, Tuesday, June 19, 2012 – The El Paso County Parks Department added a unique information kiosk to Rainbow Falls Park with the help of volunteers from Concrete Couch. The new kiosk, unveiled on Monday, June 18, is as much art as it is an information sign. The tower of handmade tiles stands nearly 10 feet tall and was constructed on site.
Steve Wood, Concrete Couch Director, gave out hugs and warm words to the volunteers who showed up to the unveiling of the kiosk. Many of the volunteers were students from Manitou Springs high school and middle school. The students and other community volunteers created and painted the tiles at the park before attaching them to the kiosk.
"This art kiosk project is just one of the many components in the long-range restoration and improvement plan for the Rainbow Falls Recreation area", said Commissioner Sallie Clark, who represents District 3 in which the recreation area lies. "We are grateful to both Concrete Couch and the artistic efforts by Steve Wood and I also appreciate that it incorporated the participation of children and community members in making the tiles and helping with the overall design. The new kiosk sets the stage for a cultural shift change toward environmental stewardship of this beautiful place. From a personal standpoint, I was excited to test my own artistic skills and make a few tiles myself to add to the collaborative effort. Steve's inclusion of natural elements and attention to the surroundings of the area bring a personal meaning to the artwork. El Paso County and our citizens are fortunate to be able to welcome this lovely addition to the Rainbow Falls trailhead."
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Contact: Dave Rose
Public Information Officer
Phone: 520-6540 Cell: 337-9239