Red Rock workday to clear corridor Sept. 30

       More than half a mile of trail-corridor clearing is planned for a Red Rock Canyon Open Space workday Saturday, Sept. 30, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
       Volunteers are needed for the effort, which is being organized for National Public Lands Day by REI, Colorado Springs Parks and the Friends of Red Rock Canyon. People can sign up in advance by calling City Parks at 385-6520.
       The clearing work - which will include lopping, sawing and stump removal - is a necessary prelude to an Oct. 14 Red Rock workday headed by the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), during which trail is to be built through the corridor, according to City Parks Development Manager Chris Lieber.
       The overall project goal is to complete a key east-west link connecting three canyons at the upper, southern end of the open space that the city bought in 2003. “It makes possible 12 long trail loops where there were just short ones before,” said Don Ellis of the Friends group.
       Work on the link started last June with a City Parks-REI workday that built the first half-mile of the trail from the joint ending points of the Contemplative and Sand Canyon trails up to the Mesa Trail. The new segment will continue the trail through Greenlee Canyon and over to Red Rock Canyon (the specific canyon by that name).
       The Oct. 14 VOC event will be a regular workday as well as a Youth Project day, overseen by the VOC's Youth Advisory Board. The VOC had scheduled a Red Rock youth project Aug. 26, but it was postponed because of bad weather. “We were disappointed by the cancellation, but it looks like we'll have a bigger project on the 14th,” Lieber said.
       To register for Oct. 14, contact the VOC at 1-800-925-2220 or go to the website: voc.org.
       In other Red Rock news... A first-ever rock-climbing competition is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone wanting to participate should register at 9 a.m. for a fee of $25. Prizes will be given in male and female categories from beginner to advanced. There are also youth categories.
       To view the climbers, for which there is no charge, hike the Red Rock Canyon Trail into the open space's interior.

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