Petition seeks to remove blue frame at Colorado Springs park

The blue frame was initially conceived by the marketing advisors with the Olympic City USA Taskforce to help promote tourism. But by Monday morning, an online petition asking the city to remove the frame had garnered more than 20,000 signatures.

At the overlook parking lot late Monday morning, shortly after the frame was removed, Colorado Springs resident Fred Dodd celebrated the move. The city has already explained that the installation will stay in place until the end of 2018 at which time the effectiveness and public reaction will be evaluated.

"In recognition of public sentiment, we are in the process of removing the frame from its current location".

No rock formations were impacted by the installation of the frame, which is adjacent to the parking lot.

More than 18,000 people had signed an online petition by Sunday night demanding that a 12-foot high steel frame meant to promote Colorado Springs' Olympic connections be removed from the Garden of the Gods.

The blue frame outlining the view of Pikes Peak from the park, with #OlympicCityUSA, Garden of the Gods Colorado Springs on it, was donated by local contractor GE Johnson after the idea originated with the Olympic City USA task force.

In an emailed statement Monday morning, the city said that while the initial goal of appealing to tourists was achieved, the frame, "was not well-received by local residents who feel a great deal of ownership of the Park".

The city said at the time it installed the metal frame is a way for visitors of Garden of the Gods to capture the beauty in a new way.

Janet Suthers, the wife of Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, first presented a slide of the proposed frame at a February City Council meeting. Based on successes in other cities, the task force put this forward with enthusiasm for sharing one of our most popular attractions worldwide. A slow-moving crane could be seen transporting the frame through the park.

So we have to ask, what are your thoughts about the frame?

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