Cañon City plans to revitalize Royal Gorge Park after 2013 fire

<p>(AP Photo/David&nbsp;<span data-scayt-word="Zalubowski">Zalubowski</span>)</p>
<p>The aerial tramway was once a key attraction at Royal Gorge Park before it was destroyed in a 2013 fire.</p>
Photo: Royal Gorge Bridge (AP Photo)
The aerial tramway was once a key attraction at Royal Gorge Park before it was destroyed in a 2013 fire.

Fox 21 reports.

City Council Member Colby Katchmar told the station that insurance proceeds after a destructive fire in 2013 mean that the area will be rebuilt in a more cohesive, more modern way.

The consultants say that the area could be a "destination resort" in the future, with "opportunities for outdoor recreation," including hiking and biking.

They idea is that downtown also revitalizes and grows at the same time as the Royal Gorge Park gets developed.

The vision is conceiving the Royal Gorge area with a national park feel, balancing the natural beauty with entertainment and environmental awareness.

The destructive fire in 2013 almost gives a clean slate to rebuild and rejuvenate this area as a top destination within Colorado, as well as the country.

"It was unfortunate that the fire happened, but the insurance proceeds that have come in surrounding that have been an opportunity to rebuild in a more cohesive, more modern, upgraded facility and that is exciting to the region," said [City Council Member Colby Katchmar].

Read more at Fox 21 News.