CANON CITY, Colo. - Despite hopes that the Royal Gorge Bridge would partially reopen this fall, it now appears the park will not reopen until Summer 2014.
"We are excited about the future and are working hard to make the Bridge & Park a whole new experience for our visitors beginning in summer 2014," the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park website says. Weeks ago the website said the park hoped to "open on a limited basis for the fall of 2013."
A wildfire in June burned more than 3,000 acres in the area and destroyed 48 of the park's 52 buildings.
Repairs at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park could cost $25 to $40 million, according to Royal Gorge Vice-President and General Manager Mike Bandera.
The Canon City Council met Wednesday to discuss plans to reconstruct Royal Gorge Park. However, most of the discussion was held during a private session.
"(We) decided to take a step back and really plan something that will leave a legacy for our citizens," Canony City Mayor Tony Greer told KRDO-TV after the meeting.
City council will vote on the park plans on Nov 4.