Public Participation & Involvement

Public Art Mural Program

The Public Arts Mural Program is a joint program between Mountain View Core Knowledge School and the Cañon City Stormwater Program. Its purpose is to engage local students and the public in environmental education by creating murals around the theme “Clean Environment and the People and Animals That Depend On It”.

The artwork can incorporate:

  • Animals
  • Area Attractions
  • Businesses
  • Environment
  • People

Replacement of Murals

The murals will replace most of the existing murals at the 4th Street Viaduct. One existing mural which is still in good shape will be touched up. Artwork chosen for the murals may be used as part of a collage of artwork or may be stand-alone pieces. 


Murals will be painted on six pylons measuring 2 feet by 3 feet by 8 feet, each with four faces, and one 23 feet by 8 feet support with two 2 feet end supports.

Vote on Submissions

Sixty-eight pieces of art have been chosen from the 134 submitted by Cañon City students ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade, including home school and alternative school students and a local 4-H club. The artwork is being displayed at the Fremont Center for the Arts in the lower Youth Art area. The Art Center is open to the public at no cost Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please stop by and view the show and vote for your favorite pieces to be included in the murals. Please vote for your top three choices either in person or 1 vote per day per person online. The Public Arts Mural Committee will submit the top 10 choices to Cañon City Council in April for selection of the art for the large support. The committee will arrange the rest of the chosen artwork as best fits the areas to be painted. Painting of the murals will be done in May.

The committee would like to thank every student that submitted art for this year’s mural program.


Most people think that storm water runoff goes through the storm drains to a treatment plant before being released to the river. Actually, the runoff drains directly to the river without any treatment whatsoever. As it travels to the storm sewer system the runoff picks up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants and carries them straight into our rivers, lakes and streams. It is also important to keep storm drain inlets clean. If trash, grass clippings, branches or mud clog the inlets it can cause localized flooding.

Storm drain stenciling provides a visual reminder to people that they should never dump anything down a storm drain. Citizen groups and high school students have helped spread this message by stenciling local storm drains. If you have a group which would like to participate in this project please contact the Stormwater Department at 719-276-5265.


The City financially supports the Upper Arkansas Recycling program and advertises for a recycling activities held at municipal facilities. The recycling program also assists in proper disposal of hazardous materials such as oil through referrals and information to keep pollutants out of our waterways. If you'd like more information on recycling programs, please contact the Stormwater Department at 719-276-5265 or visit the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments (UAACOG) webpage.