By Rachel Woolworth
By the end of summer, a “We Love Leadville” tribute monument will likely stand in Tritz Park (formerly Triangle Park). The gateway signage will welcome those entering Leadville from Colo. 91, just as the We Love Leadville wall once did.
Funds for “We Love Leadville” Tribute Landmark Committee, which are located within the Lake County Community Fund, recently received a $38,500 grant from the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Community Investment Fund for the sign’s fabrication and installation.
The Lake County Tourism Panel contributed another $10,000 to the committee.
Last winter, the Tourism Panel’s marketing consultant, Dave Santucci, recommended building signage that advertises Leadville’s 2-mile high elevation.
“Markers like this are tourism gold, as people are highly likely to take a photo and share on social media. This markets your destination to the world for a relatively small investment,” Santucci said.
“These grants, along with community donations totaling $10,000 and in-kind contributions of site preparation materials and grading, have put this project in a position to begin the implementation phase,” LCCF Executive Director Leslie Cook-Knerr told the Herald. “We feel strongly that the project remains on track to complete sign fabrication and installation in Tritz Park by the end of summer 2019.”
This article was published in the Leadville Herald Democrat on April 10, 2019.