We have heard back from the city...and yes, they want $173,000 in contributions to save the fire rings. We'll be meeting with a couple community groups this weekend to discuss our options.
We are not giving up, but we are exploring our options.
If you are part of a community group interested in saving the fire rings, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP so that we can coordinate efforts. Individuals are certainly welcome too!
Thank you ALL for your comments here and on other web sites. We will try to get them in front of city representatives.