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Library-ramp tile project moves ahead


Old Colorado City Library worker Riho Sakai pushes a cart up the ramp with returns from the drop box in the parking lot. Plans call for the ramp walls to be tiled in a community project this spring. The ramp she's on allows access to the library's west entrance (not shown), as well as to the alley above (via the switchback at far right).
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Later this year, visitors to the Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., may be able to learn a few things about the area before they even enter the building.
       In a library project led by the Concrete Couch arts group, colorful ceramic tiles will be set on the currently blank access-ramp walls at the rear of the library parking lot. The concept is for a display presenting images of local history, legends, nature, animals and even flights of imagination, according to Concrete Couch director Steve Wood.
       Details are being worked out at weekly meetings with Concrete Couch and interested residents. The meetings started at the end of February and will continue for 10 weeks, Wood said.
       Installation is planned for the consecutive Saturdays of April 25 and May 2.
       Anyone is welcome to participate. “We are trying to get seniors, artists and community members involved,” Wood said.
       Library Manager Jocelyne Sansing initiated the project last year with the goal of beautifying the concrete ramp, which includes a switchback allowing pedestrian access to the library's side door from the parking lot as well as from the alley behind the building.
       Concrete Couch is a local nonprofit that works with volunteer groups and individuals in putting artistic touches on functional objects. Recent Westside examples have been the tiled concrete bases of lamp posts in Bancroft Park and a painted/tiled mural on an old wall by the Midland Trail in Vermijo Park.
       For more information, Wood prefers e-mail at steve@concretecouch.org. His phone is 373-7694. Sansing can be e-mailed at jsansing@ppld.org.
       The library phone is 634-1698.

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