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The future of the Royal Gorge

The future of the Royal Gorge

CANON CITY, Colo. - The Royal Gorge Bridge took 6 months to build in 1929.  The Royal Gorge Company that runs the attraction believes it will only take around seven months to rebuild the structures destroyed in the Royal Gorge fire.   48 of the 52 buildings at the park were destroyed.

"The timeframe is very, very fast when you consider from the beginning of thinking what we want to do to completion is less than a year," Harry Hargrave, president of the Royal Gorge Bridge Company said.

Hargrave brought in a design team to present what the future of the park will look like to Canon City officials and residents.

The city council agreed to move forward with the Beck Group's preliminary plans.

Construction is expected to begin in October and finish with the first phase by May 15th.  The cost is estimated at around $25 million dollars.

A representative with the Beck Group described the design as "rustic" and that the design will have a "sense of danger" for visitors by drawing them to the edge of the gorge and beyond with terraces and a new zip line that will send riders across the Royal Gorge.  Hargrave says he believes the zip line could be the highest in the world.

Eventually the park would like to add a natural ampitheater they belive would be as large as Red Rocks, with a view of the Royal Gorge.

 "It'll be a much better park, a much better place for people to enjoy," Hargrave said.

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