Rocky Mountain National Park's centennial will be observed in 2015, and the park is gearing up for the big event. A contest for a logo for the celebration has been concluded, and the winning design, submitted by Carol Welker, has been revealed.
Welker is a graphic artist based out of Dallas, Texas, and she's not a stranger to Rocky Mountain. As a child, she spent summers in the Cedar Park area near Drake, Colorado, and says she has many fond memories of exploring Rocky Mountain National Park with her siblings – hiking, backpacking, and summiting Longs Peak. “As a result,” says Welker, “the iconography unique to the park was ingrained in my mind and my soul.”
“The logo design was certainly inspired by my past,” says Welker. She incorporated the most memorable images from her childhood into her design, including aspen leaves, columbine, pine cones, and bighorn sheep. “I wanted to give an overall majestic feel to the logo and make a bold statement about the respect the park deserves as well as the many reasons its preservation calls for celebration.”
According to a park spokesperson, "Close to one hundred logo entries were received, including a great number of outstanding ideas, which made the selection process very difficult. Officials wish to thank everyone who participated."
The 100th Anniversary will be promoted and celebrated throughout the park and surrounding communities. The winning logo will be used for educational, promotional, and marketing pieces approved by Rocky Mountain Nature Association, the park's non-profit partner, and by Rocky Mountain National Park.
In order to accommodate the greatest variety of events possible, celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th Anniversary will begin on September 4, 2014, and will continue for a full year, until the 100th Anniversary of the dedication of Rocky Mountain National Park on September 4, 2015.
Over the course of the twelve-month period, a calendar of events will be offered by the park, local organizations, and surrounding communities to celebrate Rocky Mountain National Park’s natural and cultural history and the relationships that have developed over the last 100 years.
Information to help plan a visit to Rocky Mountain is available on the park website.