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The City of Salida Public Art Commission has issued a Request for Design Proposal (RFP) for a major new public art project. The design project in question is the site-specific renovation/conversion of a 5,578-square-foot City-owned property into an artful community space celebrating Salida’s diverse character and heritage. The space will showcase a major new work or works of art and incorporate landscaping and public viewing considerations.

The project location is at the corner of U.S. Highway 291 and G Street, at the entrance to the downtown business sector and the Creative Arts District. Currently, the site is designed and used as a recreational skate park, including concrete ramps and bowls traditionally associated with such facilities (a new skate park is under construction on the Salida Aquatic Center grounds on U.S. Highway 50).

Site of the proposed Spirt of Salida project. Image by Brooke Gilmore

The space under consideration is bounded by G Street on the east; West First Street on the north; the Monarch Spur Trail on the west; and parking facilities on the south. The site currently is mostly covered in concrete, with several deep bowls used by skateboarders. There is a small building on the site that may be retained or not, at the designer’s recommendation.

Desired characteristics for the renovated space should possess these qualities:

  • landmark stature
  • visually inviting
  • beautiful yet durable
  • year-round access use
  • preserving the town’s heritage.

Design Proposals should include several specific elements (outlined in the RFP) as well as the proposer’s qualifications and preliminary renovation budget. Complete requirements and details about the project may be found by clicking here.

This is a paid design project and the chosen design proposal will receive significant compensation from the City of Salida. The city’s deadline for receipt of Proposals is 2:00 p.m. July 19, 2021. Three hard copies and one digital copy of Proposal should be submitted to the City of Salida Public Art Commission, 448 East First St., Salida CO 81201, Attn: Michael Varnum, Arts and Culture Director.

Image courtesy of the City of Salida.

Questions regarding the Request for Proposals must be in writing and emailed to Michael Varnum at Applicants are asked not to contact any other person with inquiries regarding this RFP.

Those who were unable to attend the pre-proposal info meeting earlier in June may be able to view the Zoom video broadcast  of that meeting.

The winning RFP applicant will be asked to enter into a Professional Services Agreement with the City of Salida; a copy of which may be obtained from the City of Salida. Winning proposal will be announced on July 26.