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Parking the Kid


September 10, 2020

Neither the county nor the City of Sundance heard opposition to the plan to relocate the Sundance Kid statue to the new Sundance Square park next to Old Stoney. Both entities held public hearings last week but heard no comments from the public.

With this step complete, contractors Ainsworth Benning can begin the process of moving the popular statue. It will sit at the front of the park, visible from Cleveland Street.

According to Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Lenz, only the statue and bench can be moved, but the wall behind the Kid will be rebuilt so that the statue appears exactly as it does right now.

“We tried to recreate it almost exactly as it was,” Lenz said, telling the commissioners that the hope has been to do justice to the work of those who originally put up the statue.

The commissioners have not finalized plans to utilize the corner plot by the courthouse where the Kid has sat until now, though they have expressed interest in expanding disabled parking. In the meantime, the commission stipulated that the debris should be removed and the land left flat.

“We’ll take it from there,” said Facilities Director Larry Schommer.


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