Red Rock Friends near goal in pavilion fund-raising

       With two recent grants, another on the way and some private donations, Friends of Red Rock Canyon is within about $13,000 of its $50,000 fundraising goal for what's being called the Red Rock Canyon Open Air Pavilion.
       The current issue of the Red Rock Rag, the Friends' newsletter, gives a target amount of about $18,000, but a new $5,000 grant has been approved since its publication, Karlee Thompson, Friends president, said this week.
       She thanked those who have helped so far and encouraged donations “of any size.” Although there is no precise deadline, she explained that Friends is trying to match a $50,000 “challenge grant,” and that the individuals behind that grant would prefer to see project funding in place by the end of the year. Her hope is to have the pavilion built by June.
       The idea is to convert part of the former Bock family house into a covered-but-open area that could be used for interpretative signage or shelter. An exact cost for the project will not be known until some future point when construction bids are taken. An estimate of just over $200,000 had been given by City Parks last summer, but nationwide construction-cost increases have probably driven that price up, according to Thompson.
       The fundraising so far has brought in grants and “generous contributions from a few individual donors,” the Rag article states. The most recent grant is $10,000 from the El Pomar Foundation.
       The Friends group, consisting of volunteers who work with City Parks on caring for the city-owned open space, will be discussing ways to raise additional money, Thompson said.
       City Parks also plans to help with the pavilion's construction cost.
       The city bought the property from the Bocks in 2003. They had built the house in the 1960s. It was boarded up for safety reasons about two years ago.
       Donations for the conversion effort can be mailed to: Friends of Red Rock Canyon, P.O. Box 6754, Colorado Springs, CO 80904.
       “Please specify on your check or include a note that your donation is for the RRC Open-air Pavilion,” Thompson requested. “Donations are tax-deductible, and a receipt will be sent for that purpose.”
       In other Red Rock news... The Friends group plans “environmental restoration” workdays the next two Saturdays, Oct. 13 and 20. Volunteers are welcome. The times are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Preregistration is requested, by using the website and clicking “Volunteer Opportunities.”

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