Talks, walks, surveys help start master plan process for White Acres, Section 16

       A series of four “educational sessions” and hikes starting July 13 in Red Rock Canyon will help kick off the effort to draw up a master plan for two recently purchased Westside-area open-space properties.
       According to a city press release, Colorado Springs Parks has hired Tapis Associates as consultants in the “public planning process to create a master and management plan” for the neighboring parcels - the 45-acre White Acres (bought in 2009) and the 640-acre Section 16 (bought last year).
       The two properties are just south of the 790-acre Red Rock Canyon Open Space (bought in 2003 and masterplanned in '04).
       The sessions are scheduled at the Red Rock pavilion, with each starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by an optional self-guided hike.
       The dates/topics are as follows:
  • July 13 - “Fossils and Footprints.”
  • July 27 - “Into the Wild(life) and Vegetation.”
  • Aug. 10 - “Healthy Forests, Healthy Lands.”
  • Aug. 24 - “Archeology - Dig It!”
           A self-guided hike is encouraged afterwards.
           The pavilion has no motorized access, but two Red Rock parking lots are available off Highway 24 at Ridge Road/High Street.
           Also during the summer, Tapis will work on “technical studies of existing conditions on the property,” the press release continues. “Online and on-site surveys of users will also be used to identify key issues related to the properties.”
           Starting July 5, an online survey can be accessed on the city website at
           Master-plan meetings - all at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St. - will be Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 16 (draft plan) and Jan. 18 (final plan).
           The city's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Advisory Board is authorized to review and approve the final plan, the release adds.

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