Springs’ cultural services to stay open in 2010

No one can say that the residents of Colorado Springs are stingy.

A group of people have banded together to keep several cultural centers open during 2010: Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and the North Cheyenne Cañon visitors’ centers, Starsmore Discovery Center and Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center.  Originally, these programs and facilities were only funded for the first quarter of 2010, buying time to explore other funding options.

But thanks to donations and anticipated revenue from on-going fundraising, special events and participation fees, all three facilities are scheduled to be open through the end of the year.

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity and the hard work of all of our friends groups,” says Cultural Services Manager Matt Mayberry.  “Without their fundraising efforts, we could not continue to fulfill our mission of preserving and interpreting the cultural and natural history of the Pikes Peak Region.”

Additionally, all funding for Cultural Services’ interpretive and safety patrol programs at the Garden of the Gods is provided by the Friends of Garden of the Gods and Garden of the Gods Foundation.

Although City Council provided partial funding for the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum for 2010, another $300,000 in private donations from the Friends of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Foundation is required to keep the museum open to the public for the year.

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