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Volunteer call for RRC
Flood-ravaged city open space reopens, but needs hand work


City-placed cones mark flooding along the Sand Canyon Trail during a May dam breach in Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
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       Closed May 19 because of damaging spring rain and floods, Red Rock Canyon Open Space got rid of its “closed” signs July 3.
       “Things are not totally back together but all of the life/safety issues have been addressed,” said City Parks Mainten-ance Director Kurt Schroeder.
       To finish the job, local trail-building groups are stepping up. The Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) has scheduled workdays July 16, 17; 18, 19; 25 and 26; and Aug. 26, 27, 28 and 30.
       Volunteers are welcome. All times are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The minimum age is 16. Pre-registration is required. For more information, e-mail molly@rmfi.org, go to rmfi.org or call 471-7736.
       Participating in the continuing repairs are two other local groups: Manitou Springs Trail CATS and Friends of Red Rock Canyon.
       A related CATS/Friends workday will be Sunday, July 12, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., building a new trail extension and repairing damage. To preregister, go to manitoucats.com.
       The city also announced the reopening July 3 of the Midland Trail between 25th and 28th Streets. Heavy rains and water overflowing the banks of Fountain Creek had caused issues in places where the trail is in close proximity to the creek.
       Still unopened is a segment of the Foothills Trail in the Garden of the Gods, paralleling 30th Street between Gateway Road and the Navigators property. It too suffered from flooding, but with a higher degree of damage, including washed-out pavers. Schroeder said he has “no timeline” for its reopening.
       The initial May 19 Red Rock closure had also included the 640-acre Section 16 - which was added to the original 790 acres about three years ago - but the city reopened it later that month based on Friendsof Red Rock recommendations that its main trails - the Intemann and Palmer/Red Rock Loop - were passable.

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