2nd Red Rock Canyon meeting March 3
West cafeteria to be used; land analysis, archeology report on agenda

       A land analysis by hired planning consultant Design Concepts will be the featured presentation at the second public meeting on the city's recently acquired Red Rock Canyon Open Space March 3.
       The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria of West Middle School. Attendees should enter via the West Intergenerational Center, 25 N. 20th St.
       Design Concepts, from Lafayette, has been studying the property, in conjunction with Tapis Associates of Colorado Springs, since early January under a contract with the city Parks and Recreation Department.
        Also on the meeting agenda is a short presentation about Red Rock Canyon's archeology, history and wildlife (by Gene Smith of the Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Department); and consideration of citizen-identified key issues.
        The meetings are part of the City of Colorado Springs' efforts to gather citizen input before writing a master plan for how to use the 788.1-acre property, located south of Highway 24 between Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs.
        About 85 people attended the first meeting Feb. 11, which included an overview on the planning process, as well as geologic and biological presentations about the property.
       The center/school's band room was the site of the first meeting, but an overflow crowd - estimated at 85 people - spurred a decision to hold the rest of the meetings in the larger cafeteria.
       The third meeting is scheduled March 10, followed by April 14 and May 5. The city Parks Board will then use the public's master-plan recommendations when it takes up the matter.

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