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Panorama Park, near the intersection of Jet Wing Drive and South Chelton Road, is set for a $40,000 upgrade. Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation announced Feb. 5 that the National Endowment for the Arts will support a future public art project for the 13.5-acre park.

The goal for the first city-owned public art installation in Southeast Colorado Springs is to educate, engage and inspire park visitors by reflecting the community’s rich diversity.

“The Grants for Arts Projects is a highly competitive, prestigious national award, and we are deeply honored to receive these funds for Panorama Park,” Karen Palus, Colorado Springs parks, recreation and cultural services director, said in a press release.

 An expert panel was scheduled to convene in late February to create a “call for artists” process and develop a timeline and criteria for selection. A community committee, including representatives from neighborhood associations, local schools and the city, will then compile a short list of finalists. Once the artist is selected, a design process will engage community members in the creative process.

Construction that will add amenities including an estimated 200 trees, a playground, soccer field, basketball courts, trails, a pavilion and a skate park is scheduled to begin this spring.