City Park on Pueblo's west side now has a newly restored historic entrance.
The city of Pueblo constructed a grand entryway to the 157-acre park in 1905. It featured Colorado granite pillars topped by ornate Italian statuary.
Over the years, it fell into disrepair and many of the statues disappeared.
The restoration project began five years ago but there were setbacks, like a fire that destroyed the artist’s studio where new statues were in progress. But restoration committee member Corinne Koehler says despite the challenges it was worth it.
"If you are going to have a city park that literally has hundreds of visitors a day, thousands on weekends, it’ll bring back some of the history," said Koehler.
Now the city has installed elaborate urns, both original and new, and two large bronze mythological griffons once again stand at the gates to Pueblo’s City Park.
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