What's new at Red Rock Canyon

  • Annual FoRRC Meeting

    The Friends of Red Rock Canyon will be holding our annual meeting in April and we will be electing new officers for the 2015-2016 year. All are welcome.

    Monday,  April 13, 2015
    Westside Community Center
    1628 West Bijou Street
    Colorado Springs, CO 80904

    New Edition of Red Rock Rag Newsletter is Out!

    Our Spring, 2015 Newsletter is out! There’s a lot of great information so be sure to check it out.

    Pond Wall Rebuilding

    Work has been done at the Red Rock Canyon pond wall. The Parks department hired a mason to repair the rock with native rock from the original wall. There are drains, underground, on either side of the wall to remove water. They should be finishing up the project soon.
    Come over, take a hike, and check out the progress! See more photos here.DSC_5819

Upcoming Events

  • Manitou Cats Trail Building Workday

    We will be working on a special trail in Red Rock Canyon. It is a surprise for you and me.CATS


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  • Annual FoRRC Board of Directors Meeting

    The Friends of Red Rock Canyon will be holding our annual meeting in April and we will be electing new officers for the 2015-2016 year.

    All are welcome to attend.

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  • Crew Leader Training

    What: 2015 Pikes Peak Crew Leader Training
    Where: Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Rd.
    When: April 17-19
    Why: This 2.5-day training provides you with the tools you need to become a certified crew leader and give back to the parks and open spaces we love so much.

    To Register: If you are interested in representing FoRRC please contact friends@redrockcanyonopenspace.org.  General public registration will begin on Monday, March 16 at www.coloradosprings.gov/volunteer.

    The City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department is in the midst of planning the 4th installment of the Pikes Peak Region Crew Leader Training (PPRCLT), April 17-19. The training, produced in partnership with Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC), Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI), Friends of the Peak (FOTP), and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), is the capstone program of the Volunteer Stewardship Project and

    In 2010, the Volunteer Stewardship Project was created after severe cuts to City budgets and the Parks Department in particular. In response to these budget cuts, TOSC created the website openspacevolunteers.org with the purpose of supporting area Friends Groups and increasing volunteerism in regional parks and open spaces. The Friends Groups were willing to increase the number and scope of trail maintenance projects, but were met by a challenge of a shortage of skilled crew leaders to lead the projects.

    Fast foward to 2012, when the City Parks Department, TOSC, VOC, FoRRC, and RMFI created the Pikes Peak Region Crew Leader Training Program. The program was created with an intention to develop a skilled volunteer crew leader pool that would provide supervision on trail and restoration projects. Crew Leaders work in cooperation with Parks Department staff to implement critical stewardship projects that overworked park rangers cannot commit to. The program empowers Friends Groups to take ownership over the projects they steward and our parks are better off because of it.

    In 2013 (the most recent year in which volunteer data is available), almost 3,000 volunteers donated more than 15,000 hours to the betterment of City parks, trails, and open spaces. This generosity of time and labor has reiterated the need for trained crew leaders who can help provide a safe, fun, and effective experience for every volunteer.

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