RRC pond work put on hold

       The first phase in the “save the ponds” effort at Red Rock Canyon Open Space has been indefinitely delayed.
       “The bids came back significantly higher than our budget and engineer's estimate,” said City Parks Planner Chris Lieber. “As a result, we are considering our options, both short term and long term. I do not have a new date at this time.”
       The stated plan is to install a nearly 500-foot-long underground outlet pipe from the lower of two ponds near the pavilion off Red Rock Canyon Trail. This would make the pond legitimate in the eyes of the state, Lieber has previously explained; currently it retains water that actually belongs to other users.
       The second phase, led by the Friends of Red Rock Canyon, is to raise $100,000 toward installing a water line that would allow the upper pond to remain full.
       A 790-acre city park, Red Rock Canyon's main lot is off Highway 24 at Ridge Road.

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