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Chipeta Mountain Project: Mountain Heritage Park


A Chipeta Mountain Project Initiative: Mountain Heritage Park
Join the Chipeta Mountain Project in support of the proposed Mountain Heritage Park to highlight and celebrate the rich cultural and natural history of Salida's mountain heritage.

Chipeta Mountain Project thanks GARNA & Don Dubin for the use of his image, “The Winds of Chipeta”, winner of the winter category of the 2017 Greater Arkansas River Nature Association Nature Photo Contest.

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Chipeta Mountain Project: Mountain Heritage Park


A Chipeta Mountain Project Initiative: Mountain Heritage Park
Join the Chipeta Mountain Project in support of the proposed Mountain Heritage Park to highlight and celebrate the rich cultural and natural history of Salida's mountain heritage.

Chipeta Mountain Project thanks GARNA & Don Dubin for the use of his image, “The Winds of Chipeta”, winner of the winter category of the 2017 Greater Arkansas River Nature Association Nature Photo Contest.

MOUNTAIN HERITAGE PARK
A Chipeta Mountain Project Initiative
 
Salida, Colorado - Updated July 2019

Mountain Heritage Park (MHP) will highlight and celebrate the rich cultural and natural history of Salida’s mountain heritage.  With commanding views of two distinct mountain ranges that have shaped the history and culture of Salida and south-central Colorado for generations, MHP will help tell the story of Salida's mountain heritage.  MHP is an initiative of The Chipeta Mountain Project (CMP),in partnership with The City of Salida. CMP is a local all volunteer non-profit group which organized and hosted the Chipeta Rising Celebration in October, 2017. The MHP project is formally sponsored by GARNA and has the support of all key community stake-holders, the public and local trail and park organizations.,

Location:  The city owned crescent shaped flat just below the parking area/kiosk/gate on Tenderfoot Mountain, in Salida, Colorado (see location map).

Description:  A low maintenance interpretive mountain pocket park celebrating the rich history and culture of our mountain heritage and featuring three significant mountain vistas: 

1.  The southern end of the Sawatch Range including the 14ers: Mount Antero, Mount Shavano, Tabeguache Peak, and 13ers: Taylor Mountain, Jones Peak and Mount White;

2. The Ute Peaks: Centennial Thirteener Mount Ouray, the newly re-named Chipeta Mountain, and Pahlone Peak;

3. The geographic northern end of the rugged and dramatic Sangre De Cristo Range including the hometown landmark, Methodist Mountain.

Park Features:  The park will feature a central kiosk with 3 interpretive “peak view pavilions” with information panels describing the above mountains, their human and natural history and modern recreation context including mountaineering/peak bagging, skiing, hiking, hunting,, and off-road use as it relates to our "mountain heritage" and modern culture.  With vehicle and human powered access, MHP will be enjoyed by folks of all abilities and will be seen by thousands of locals and visitors throughout the seasons.

The pavilions will feature large rectangular frames that will “frame” the individual mountain views and provide a vista out and up, while blocking the other mountain views to capture the viewer’s attention. Over-head metal/wood structures on top of this frame will provide shade for more pleaseant viewing and to reduce glare. View benches where visitors can take in the individual mountain panoramas will also be installed. A picnic pavilion and native flora garden is also planned. A vault toilet and parking lot improvements are planned adjacent to the park site. (see pavilion sketch design and site plans)

Architecture:  Low maintenance rustic modern structures with historic overtones made from locally fabricated rusting metal, site sourced stone and locally milled rough-cut lumber. Phase III installations may include a picnic pavilion/shade structure (see pavilion sketch design)

Landscaping:  Landscaping will be existing preserved native flora and site specific Colorado/Salida natives, site sourced stone, and locally sourced hardscape pathways. A native xeric flora garden that highlights the flora found int he featured mountain ranges will be one of the design elements at full build out (see site plans)

Project Phases: CMP envisions three phases for the park construction:
Phase I: ADA compliant path excavation, installation of pavilion piers, heavy site work
Phase II: Pavilion construction, installation of view benches and permeable hardscape
Phase III: Installation of interpretive panels, picnic pavilion, pit toilet, and parking lot improvements

General Project Development Timeline:
Summer 2019: preliminary and final design, master plan process, fundraising
Fall 2019: master plan process, Phase I construction
Winter-Spring 2020: Phase II construction
Spring-Summer 2020: Phase III construction

Local and Regional Partners and Supporters:
City of Salida, site owner and project development partner
Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA), official project non-profit partner
High Country Bank, premier corporate sponsor
Green Edge Design, no fee in-kind project architect
Partnership for Community Action, business support and fund raising
Salida Mountain Trails (SMT), stakeholder and project supporter
Salida Parks Open Space and Trails (SPOT), stakeholder and project supporter
Chaffee County Heritage Area Advisory Board, stakeholder and project supporter
Guidestone Colorado, stakeholder, history collaborator and project supporter
Hutchinson Ranch, history collaborator, project supporter
Sunrise Rotary, stakeholder and project supporter
The Rotary Club of Salida, stakeholder, project supporter and possible local funder
Colorado Mountain Club, program and project supporter
Roland McCook, Ute Tribal member, CMP partner and Ute Peak Pavilion stakeholder
Native American Cultural Programs, project supporter and possible funder

 Timeline of Key Project Planning Events

June 2017:                park inception and initial design concept, Craig Nielson

October 2017:         Chipeta Mountain Dedication Ceremony held on the MHP site and  led by Roland McCook, Chipeta's
great, great grandson

 June 2018:               presentation to Salida Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

 December 2018:     presentation to City Council and Mayor

 January 2019:          presentation to Chaffee County Heritage Area Advisory Board
                                presentation to GARNA, initial non-profit sponsorship meeting
initial meeting with City of Salida Parks and Public Works Directors
presentation at Salida Soup

February 2019:         first meeting with High County Bank
                                  planning meeting with GARNA
                                   presentation to Sunrise Rotary Club
                                   second meeting with City of Salida Public Works Director
                                   presentation at Salida Soup

 March 2019:            presentation to The Rotary Club of Salida
                                  third planning meeting with City of Salida Public Works staff

April 2019:                second third planning meetings with GARNA
                                   presentation to Salida Mountain Trails
                                   meeting with Guidestone Colorado and Hutchinson Ranch
                                   lunch with HCB, Roland McCook and CMP team

May, 2019:               presentation Salida Soup at Craft For A Cause
                                  non-profit sponsor approval meeting with GARNA

Media

Mountain Mail Articles
1/1/19: pg. 3
4/30/19: pg. 3 
4/26/19: Photo of Licia & Craig after site walk on 4/26

Colorado Central Magazine Articles
April 2019: pg. 19
June 2019:  pg. 19

Discovery Magazine Article 2019: pg. 95,  Article by Arlene Shovald

4/26/19: KHEN Radio interview with Roland McCook; Dominique from GARNA and Craig with CMP

Project Contact:  Craig Nielson, Guide, Chipeta Mountain Project:
719.221.2200
chipetarising@gmail.com
chipetamountain.com

 

Sponsorship

The Chipeta Mountain Project welcomes your sponsorship. We are a local group of community members who are organizing the efforts of the Chipeta Mountain Project. Our current initiative is the Mountain Heritage Park. We graciously thank all who sponsor and volunteer on this project.

For more information, contact Craig Nielson at chipetarising@gmail.com