Revenue concerns add to planning mix for Red Rock Canyon

       It's one thing to plan a park; it's another thing to pay for it.
       Even while they proposed trails, parking lots, dog runs, technical bicycling areas, a visitors center and other nifty aspects for a major new city open space/park, participants in the Red Rock Canyon planning process showed they are also perceiving a thin city thin wallet at the meeting at West Intergenerational Center March 10.
       “Red Rock will have to generate some fees of its own,” commented James Schwerin, a citizen attendee, pointing out that the nearby Garden of the Gods “has erosion and maintenance problems and no city money to repair them.”
        The meeting, attended by more than 100 people, was the third in a series of five meetings in which the public has been invited to offer ideas for developing a master plan for the 788.1-acre Red Rock Canyon Open Space. A city-hired consultant, Design Concepts of Lafayette, will now incorporate the suggestions into a draft plan for consideration at the fourth meeting April 14.
       Using its voter-approved, open-space sales tax, the city was able to pay $12.5 million for the land, but has no certain revenue stream for running it.
       Tom Kay, a real-estate man who had been close to late property owner John Bock, spoke for one of the meeting's citizen sub- groups, suggesting raising income through business partnerships, parking fees, on-site gift shop and tile sales.
        The parking fee idea was questioned by another participant, who said that might prompt park visitors to park in neighborhoods instead - an undesirable outcome.

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