The Canon City Council on Monday heard a presentation on the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park's proposed new site plan during a special meeting.
The council agreed to move forward with the Beck Group's preliminary plans and allow the design and construction firm to work on the designs, so they can begin applying for permits through the county.
"It is an impressive proposal," said councilman Colby Katchmar. "I like a lot of the design and concepts."
After a two-month, $1 million cleanup and demolition process, caused by the June 11 Royal Gorge Fire, the City of Canon City, owner of the 360-acre tourist attraction, and the Royal Gorge Bridge Company of Colorado are working alongside the Beck Group. RGCC President Harry Hargrave said construction is slated to begin Oct. 1, and he anticipates the bridge and park to open between May 15 and June 1, 2014.
Cost to complete phase one of the project is $24 million to $25 million, which includes the visitors center that encompasses ticketing; gift shops; food offerings; aerial tram station; and zipline station. The north terrace also would offer an outdoor eating/congregating area and a deck where visitors can experience the edge of the gorge. There also will be an indoor dining area that offers a "grand" view of the gorge.