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Sep 5, 2012 1:14 AM by Andy Koen

Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center to open Saturday

The City of Colorado Springs and the Friends of Cheyenne Canyon will celebrate the opening of the new Helen Hunt Falls Visitors Center this Saturday with live music, chocolate and art. The grand opening and dedication ceremony are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. at the new 1,386 square foot facility located at 3400 North Cheyenne Canyon Road.

The $200,000 building provides much some need room for staff and visitors while still retaining the charm of the original log cabin nicknamed "the cub" that it replaces.  It took seven years but the "friends" raised $115,000 for the construction of the facility.

"The Friends of Cheyenne Canyon have given back to our community in a big way and we are extremely thankful for their efforts," said Mayor Steve Bach. "This will be a terrific amenity for North Cheyenne Canyon Park and the entire community, and it wouldn't be possible without the dedication of the Friends."

Guests can join in free guided hikes and and hear living history presentations following the ceremony. Formal watercolor painting lessons will be offered at the Starsmore Discovery Center for kids and teens in the afternoon. The lessons cost $15 per person and pre-registration is required. Lesson can be scheduled by calling 385-6086.

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