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Royal Gorge Moves Forward With Rebuilding Plans

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park posted this photo on their Facebook page August 21, showing where the Cliff Terrace restaurant and Colorado Country Gift Shop once stood before the park began demolishing the destroyed structures. (Credit: Royal Gorge Bridge and Park)

The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park posted this photo on their Facebook page August 21, showing where the Cliff Terrace restaurant and Colorado Country Gift Shop once stood before the park began demolishing the destroyed structures. (Credit: Royal Gorge Bridge and Park)

CAÑON CITY, Colo. (AP) -- Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is moving forward with plans to rebuild after losing 48 of its 52 buildings to a wildfire in June.

The City Council of Cañon City heard a presentation Monday on preliminary plans from the design firm The Beck Group.

The Cañon City Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/16HrMAO ) Royal Gorge Bridge Co. of Colorado President Harry Hargrave says construction is slated to begin Oct. 1, with the park likely reopening in late spring.

The Royal Gorge Fire started June 11 and burned more than 3,000 acres, including parts of the park, leading to a two-month, $1 million cleanup.

Costs for phase one of the rebuilding are estimated at around $25 million, which includes the visitors center, gift shops, food offerings, an aerial tram station and zipline station.


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