Westside Briefs:
Next presentation at Red Rock Aug. 10

       City foresters Becky Lamphear and Paul Smith will give a presentation titled “Healthy Forests, Healthy Lands” Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the pavilion in Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
       The event, free and open to the public, is the third of four continuing “educational sessions” being offered in conjunction with City Parks' efforts this year to develop a master plan for Section 16 and White Acres. Both properties, purchased as open space by Colorado Springs in the past two years, neighbor Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
       The last talk in the series will be Aug. 24. Public meetings on the master plan will begin in September and continue through the fall.
       An online survey is also available by going to springsgov.com/RRC
       The pavilion is off the Red Rock Canyon Trail, up about a quarter-mile from the picnic-area parking lot near the park's entrance off Highway 24 and Ridge Road.
      
       13th annual on 13th
       A dog named “Lucky” might be especially welcome at this year's Romp in the Park.
       It's happening Saturday, Aug. 13, and it's the 13th annual canine-conscious event at the Norris-Penrose Event Center's Indoor Arena, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road.
       Dogs of any kind - on leashes and accompanied by owners - are welcome. It will be from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
       Activities will include contests (including owner look-alike and best trick), a “doggie water park” and demonstrations by dogs trained in agility, obedience and/or dancing, a flyer states.
       Proceeds will go to All Breed, a non-profit foundation whose mission is to place homeless dogs.
       For more information, call 264-6460 or e-mail haveanicedog@gmail.com.
      
       Public comment sought
       The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) has released a draft document of the 2035 Small Area Forecast for public review. The deadline for comments to the regional planning agency is Sept. 5.
       An Internet link to the draft documents is provided at ppacg.org. For a printed copy or general information, contact Yolanda Roberts, a PPACG transportation planner, at 471-7080 x126, or yroberts@ppacg.org.
       An open house on the subject will be Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 3 to 7 p.m., at the PPACG building, 14 S. Chestnut St.
       The Small Area Forecast, which predicts future locations of population and employment, is used in developing traffic volume projections. These in turn are used in the Regional Transportation Plan, which PPACG updates every four years.

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