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Arizona State Parks and Trails is requesting your help.

Parks officials will be on hand for an open house from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 26, at Twin Cypress ramada at Red Rock State Park. The public is invited to provide comments and suggestions on park improvements that include an outdoor classroom and relocation of maintenance facilities.



Design concepts will be on display. The design team and park staff will be there to meet and discuss ideas, one-on-one.

“It’s a beautiful area right in the middle of the park looking toward Cathedral Rock — but it’s also right where the old and antiquated maintenance yard is located,” said Sue Black, director of Arizona State Parks and Trails. “We get so many classes visiting the park that we felt this would be ideal for that area. So we decided to create a place for people to gather and to learn more about the park.”

While funding has been approved for the amphitheater, it’s yet to be determined if it will have a permanent or temporary shade structure.

She said the purpose of the open house is twofold. Not only do they plan to share with the public their plans for the amphitheater but at the same time get input from the public.

She said it’s their intention to have an open house for every major project throughout the state.

“Who knows what people may come up with in terms of creative design?” Black said.

In addition to open houses, park officials often meet with volunteer groups as well as benefactors. And while some projects may not come to fruition for years due to funding, she said it’s always important to look toward the future.

Constriction of the amphitheater will begin this summer and be completed in the fall.

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