Photo essay: Red Rock Canyon staying wet through winter
Still flush with last fall's heavy rains and recent snowstorms, the main ponds in
Red Rock Canyon Open Space are nearly
at capacity levels. Even an oft-dry detention pond that's uphill from the two main
ponds near the pavilion is retaining
TOP: Looking south from a rock fin in Greenlee Canyon, both the upper and
lower ponds near the pavilion are visible.
The upper pond is in the background at left, behind the dam.
Both were built for flood control by the Bock family, which owned the 790-acre
property for roughly 80 years before
selling it to Colorado Springs for public open space in 2003.
BELOW, TOP LEFT: The spillway connecting the upper and lower ponds
apparently suffered some minor damage
during flooding last summer. Rainfalls at that time also filled those ponds. (The lower pond was empty, and the
upper pond was approximately 15 feet below the top of the dam.) The upper
Bock pond is currently at its maximum
BELOW, BOTTOM LEFT: Water ripples just below the level of the lower pond's
overflow that drains into a ditch to
BELOW RIGHT: The detention pond near the top of Red Rock Canyon (the
canyon within the open space) still sported
ice on Feb. 28, including some heavily cracked layers on the shoreline.
The highest pond, behind the top of the landfill (which used to feed the now filled-
in Gypsum Canyon), was still ice-bound and wet on March 15. BELOW LEFT:
View shows the start of the frozen area of the pond.
BELOW RIGHT: Photo taken near the first bend of the icy area.)|
Travers Jordan photos, special to the Westside Pioneer
(Posted 3/10/14; Updated 3/16/14;
Red Rock Canyon)
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