New upgrades at Red Rock

       Development continues at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, from major earth-moving to the installation of benches on a hiking trail.
       The four six-foot-long benches are set to go in at a volunteer workday by the Garden of the Goddesses Club in conjunction with Colorado Springs Parks Saturday, June 10. They will be secured to concrete bases at pre-determined locations on the Contemplative Trail, according to Sarah Keith of City Parks.
       “Once installed, folks will have places to sit and contemplate nature along our beautiful trail,” Coreen Toll of the club wrote in an e-mail.
       The $800 for the benches was raised by the club over the winter.
       There are also trail maintenance needs on the .64-mile trail that volunteers with the Goddesses Club built last summer. Volunteers are asked to meet inside the gate at the High Street trailhead at 8 a.m.
       A June 3 workday, organized by REI and City Parks, completed about half of a half-mile section of trail, Keith explained. The segment goes southeast from the joint ending points of the Contemplative and Sand Canyon trails to the Mesa Trail. About 50 volunteers joined in the work.
       The effort is the start of a summer-long effort to build an east-west trail connection that will traverse three canyons in the open space.
       According to Keith, the remainder of the half-mile is to be completed at an Eagle Scout project June 29.
       In a trailhead update, Keith said the 31st Street trailhead is now open. There are 20 regular parking spaces and 8 to 10 horse-trailer spaces; one porta-let is also provided. Landscaping is to take place over the summer.
       Work continues in shaping the High Street trailhead and repairing canyon drainage problems that existed when the city bought the property in 2003.

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