Garden of the Gods Improvements

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The nonprofit Rocky Mountain Field Institute is hoping to raise money for work needed at the Garden of the Gods.

The group doesn't expect that the city of Colorado Springs will be able to fund the work.

So institute director Mark Hesse has vowed to raise 500-thousand dollars in the next three years for revegetation and stabilization of the most eroded gullies in the 13-hundred-acre park.

It's not uncommon for people to contribute to parks, but Hesse's would be the first effort that involves hiring someone to do the city's job. It also would be one of the largest monetary donations in the Parks and Recreation Department's history.

City officials say the fund-raising is appreciated.

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