Red Rock picnic-area construction to start soon

       Construction on a new picnic area, road, parking lot, trail and drainage upgrades is expected to get started within a week at Red Rock Canyon Open Space. Terry and Debbie Altmayer, who also brought their three
children, widen part of the Roundup Trail during a volunteer
workday in Red Rock Canyon Open Space June 9. 
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       The location is less than a quarter mile from the main parking lot off Highway 24 and Ridge Road/High Street, in a mostly open area near where the trail from 31st Street (the Lower Hogback Trail) connects with the Red Rock Canyon Trail.
       Part of the three-year-old master plan for the 788.1-acre park, the $481,000 project will start with development of the trail - a short, handicapped-accessible path along the western edge of the open area that will go from the lot to the Bock house area, according to Chris Lieber, development manager for Colorado Springs Parks.
       The contractor, CMS Inc., will then take on the rest of the project, which will include temporary closure of that part of the Red Red Canyon Trail for the 2 ˝-month duration of the work. Trail users will be detoured to the new trail to ensure continued access, Lieber said.
       The parking lot will be similar to the one at the main entrance (built last year), including curb and gutter and a gravel surface. It will have 75 spaces. A paved road, also with curbing, will connect the two lots.
       About 10 picnic tables will go in, although the area will be kept mostly natural, he explained.
       The drainage work will involve improved control of runoff from upstream parts of the park, including the dog-leash area and up Red Rock Canyon, Lieber said.
       Installing the lot will require the removal of some trees, nearly all of them elm trees that are not indigenous to the site. The lot/picnic area had originally been planned closer to the Bock house, but was relocated downhill to minimize the impact on the terrain, he said.
       Landscaping to improve the look of the new lot will be taken on as a separate volunteer project after the contractor is finished, he said.
       In other Red Rock Canyon news... About 65 volunteers “put finishing touches” on the recently completed Roundup Trail June 9, Lieber said. The project was a partnership between City Parks, the REI outdoor store and the Friends of Red Rock Canyon.

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