El Paso County purchases Rainbow Falls land near Manitou Springs for open space

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From the Associated Press via the Fort Collins Coloradoan:

The county acquired Rainbow Falls last week for $10 from Mansfield Development Corp., which owns nearby land. The waterfall was once a tourist draw, but officials say it’s now frequented by drug users and plagued by vandals, and highway construction work dumped silt into the stream. L’Aura Montgomery, who led a citizens campaign to make the falls public property, says it will take time and money to restore the area. A volunteer cleanup day is scheduled for June 5.

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