Discussions intensify on Red Rock uses

       There's one thing for certain about Red Rock Canyon. It won't be a golf course.
        A member of the roughly 130-member audience was disappointed to hear this news from Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation official Terry Putman March 3 at the second public meeting on a master plan for the 788.1-acre, city-owned, Westside open-space property. Putman noted such “active recreation” is legally restricted on open-space land - even if, as the speaker suggested, it would help cover maintenance costs for which the city as yet has no certain funding.
        Otherwise, a great deal of issues still need to be sorted out regarding how to use the ruggedly spectacular land - a process that will start happening in earnest at the third in the series of five meetings March 10, according to Susan Watkins of KezziahWatkins, a facilitation firm that is running the meetings for Parks and Recreation.
        The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at the West Intergenerational Center, 25 N. 20th St.
        After hearing presentations from specialists about the site's archeology, wildlife and land “sensitivity,” attendees spoke up about various concerns, including security, trail design, parking and costs for upkeep.
        Previously, interested people had been asked to send in issues they cared about. A list of these issues, single-spaced, covers 18 pages in a document provided by KezziahWatkins.

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