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Black Forest Log School Park groundbreaking

A playground and park is in the works for the Log School in Black Forest. Located next to the community center off Black Forest Road, the log school has been there since about 1920 and is on the National Register for Historic Places. Ed Bracken, with Black Forest Together, one of the nonprofits heading up this project, said they plan to start construction soon. ìWe intend to start construction shortly after the ground breaking,î he said. ìWe have to get El Paso County Planning Commission approval on the 17th of June and will start right after. Completion will occur on or about the first of August, and dedication will occur during the Black Forest festival on Aug. 16.During the groundbreaking ceremony, Leif Garrison offered the opening remarks. Garrison is the board chairman of another nonprofit helping to bring the park to completion: Black Forest Community Foundation. He said it was amazing that the log house survived the fire. ìThe fire burned so close, it burned right where this park is going to be,î Garrison said. ìItís incredible the log school survived, it basically has the fire resistance of old newspaper.î Garrison helped secure a $25,000 contribution from El Paso County Parks and Recreation. The American Red Cross donated another $40,000.

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