Celebration Aug. 17 for Red Rock 10th

       The 10-year celebration of Colorado Springs' purchase of Red Rock Canyon Open Space will feature Mayor Steve Bach, live music and a blessing by an American Indian group Saturday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thousands of people use Red Rock Canyon Open Space throughout the year. This photo was taken at the upper end of the parking lot by the Red Rock Canyon Trail that leads up to the Bock Pavilion.
Westside Pioneer photo

       Centered around the Bock Pavilion, the free event is being organized by the volunteer Friends of Red Rock Canyon and the City Parks Department.
       Also planned (weather permitting) are demonstrations of rock climbing, paragliding and mountain-biking, as well as guided walks.
       The Friends are a non-profit “whose mission is to enhance the recreational, educational and interpretive programs of the park and provide materials and services to the public which promote an understanding, and appreciation of, the natural history, cultural history and sciences of Red Rock Canyon,” a press release states. The group's website is redrockcanyonopenspace.org.
       The American Indian group will be One Nation Walking Together, a Colorado Springs non-profit that provides programs for urban Indians and assistance for those on reservations. The group also plans to erect a tipi and have dancers, flute players and cultural displays, according to the current issue of the Friends' Red Rock Rag newsletter.
       The band will be the J. Miller Band.
       A food vendor will be on site, and free cake and lemonade will be offered to the public.
       There also will be non-profit booths.
       The tentative schedule includes the following:
       10:30 a.m. - “blessing and performance” by One Nation Walking Together.
       11 a.m. - speakers and awards.
       12:30 p.m. - music and entertainment.
       1:30 p.m. - guided walks.
       2 p.m. and on - demonstrations of rock climbing, mountain biking and/or paragliding.

       The city bought Red Rock Canyon's 790 acres from the Bock family for $12 million in December 2003. This followed a several-year process during which the Bocks had unsuccesfully sought to build a commercial/residential development there.
       After a year of site preparation, the city opened Red Rock to the public in 2004.

Westside Pioneer/press release