40 West Art District’s “art loop” connects Lakewood’s parks to its arts

It’s name hasn’t been announced yet.

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Box Step dancing steps connect various stops on the 40 West Arts District loop. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Box Step dancing steps connect various stops on the 40 West Arts District loop. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The city of Lakewood and 40 West Arts District are unveiling an “arts loop” that connects the art district’s galleries and studios to parks, public art installations and public transportation.

The walking and biking path around northeast Lakewood laps the 40 West Arts District, passes by Lamar Light-Rail Station and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and winds through Walker Branch, Mountair and Aviation parks. There are 25 public art installation either directly off the path or close by.

A mural before Casa Bonita's unmistakable steeple. The 40 West Arts District. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A mural before Casa Bonita's unmistakable steeple. The 40 West Arts District. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the loop a $100,000 Our Town grant, the largest amount the program gives.

Its name hasn’t been announced yet. That will happen next First Friday, Feb. 3, at Hi Little One Gallery, 1528 Teller St., where 40 West will host an open house with free pizza from 4 to 7 p.m. 

You can get a good look at the route here. Here’s a snapshot:

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Screenshot of the 40 West Arts District loop via lakewood.org.