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Seven Falls re-opening after two years of extensive renovations

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Two years after flooding ravaged Seven Falls in Cheyenne Canyon, the historic attraction in Colorado Springs is re-opening Thursday.  Bought and renovated by the Broadmoor at $12 million, it still has its signature seven cascading water falls and a whole lot more.

"I still pinch myself every morning," said Kathleen Symons, head chef at the new restaurant, 1858.

Now called the Broadmoor Seven Falls, it was owned by oilman Al Hill and his family since 1946, until last year.

"We are just so lucky to be able to have been appointed, if you will, the stewards of the property," said Cristy Sulewski, Director of Operations.

In true Broadmoor fashion, history mingles with high end.

"It's bringing old with new," said Symons.

Symons says the new restaurant, 1858, is the perfect example of that, with a casual atmosphere at lunch and fine dining at dinner, the menu has a home style feel.

"All the food that we have is coming from the 1800's, so we're going to be doing shrimp and grits and it's going to be real style shrimp and grits," said Symons.

She added that all of the food is being sourced locally.

"We're able to show the people coming here that we take pride in Colorado," Symons said.

Enjoying the scenery with two zip line courses is also characteristically Colorado.

"It's an exhilarating way to go through and view all of the topography that we have here and the unique setting of Seven Falls and do it in a fun manner," said Broadmoor Soaring Adventure General Manager, Kurt Segerberg.

Dating back to the 1880's, Seven Falls had never seen damage quite like it experienced in 2013.

"Most of the canyon was underwater, we lost 23, 24 steps on the stairway here, most of the road, so really was just in shambles," said Sulewski.

The road, bridges, stairs and platforms were all rebuilt, and new drainage and culverts were installed to prevent future flood damage.

"It's been a very big project, but definitely a labor of love to get it rebuilt and back to the community," added Sulewski.

The Broadmoor Seven Falls re-opens to the public at 9:00am Thursday, August 13, 2015.  Entry is $14 for adults and $8 for children ages 2 to 12.  Children under 2 are free.  

You will no longer be able to park at Seven Falls, instead parking will be at The Broadmoor's east lot, off of Lake Avenue and 1st street. A shuttle bus will then take you to Seven Falls.

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