The city owns three fine pieces of open-space real estate on the west side, so it makes sense to draw up plans for development of all three together, right?
Toward that end, the city will host a meeting at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St., to begin developing an integrated master plan for Red Rock Canyon, White Acres, and Section 16 open space areas.
Here's the press release:
The first public workshop will provide the findings from technical studies of existing conditions of the properties, as well as key issues identified through online and on-site user surveys conducted this summer. Those attending will be asked to review and expand on the key issues to be addressed through the master planning effort.
The City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is sponsoring the planning and public involvement processes. The master plan will build upon the original Red Rock Canyon Master Plan developed through a community process in 2004.
Some of the Colorado Springs’ most popular open spaces, Red Rock Canyon, White Acres and Section 16 were purchased primarily with TOPS funding, the one tenth of a cent sales tax dedicated solely to trails, open space and parks. A plan is needed to provide a coordinated approach to conservation, management and use of the three open space areas.
Additional public workshops to continue development of the master plan will be held on October 5, November 16 and January 18. All workshops will begin at 6:30 p.m. and held at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.
For information about the master planning process, visit the City’s website at www.springsgov.com/RRC.