Newsletter April 3, 2014.1

Registration open for the 20th Annual Starlight!
Palmer Park work day April 5
Karma Night for Monument Valley Park April 8
Incline Friends Benefit April 9
Stratton Open Space Revival April 10
Upcoming Events
Spring is here–and our calendar is starting to fill up with fun events, fundraisers and work days for the 2014 season. Stay tuned here for what’s coming up next, or go to our newly redesigned website, for more information! Let us know what you think of the new website–hope you love it as much as we do!
We are dedicated to the preservation of open space and parks, and the creation of a network of trails, bikeways and greenways for the Pikes Peak region.
20th Annual Starlight Spectacular June 14th
Register at
City Parks Master Plan Public Meeting
Save the Date: Wed, April 30, 6:30 pm.
Every 10 years the City updates the city-wide Parks, Recreation, Trails, and Open Space Master Plan. The process starts with a public survey, and here are some of the results:
57 % would like better enforcement of park rules
86% want Utilities to charge a cheaper water rate for parks
96% would like to see TOPS extended beyond 2025!
A public meeting April 30th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the City Auditorium will let the public see all the survey results, preview the draft plan, and give input. Child care provided for ages 3+, free on-street parking, snacks and prizes.
Palmer Park work day April 5
Fun Saturday event for all abilities!
Palmer Park’s monthly work day is this Saturday, April 5th, from 8 am to 11 am. Meet near the baseball diamonds by the Maizeland entrance. Look for the white RV with the doughnuts and the sign. Bring gloves and water. RSVP to More details at the calendar on the Guardians website,
April 8 Karma Hour for Friends of Monument Valley Park
Tues, April 8, 5-9 pm at Bristol Brewing
Join the Friends of Monument Valley Park for Karma Hour Tuesday, April 8 from 5 to 9 pm at Bristol Brewing, 1604 S Cascade Ave. Bristol will donate $1 per pint of beer sold. Come out and support the Friends, and find out about their project to repair and preserve the historic stonework in Monument Valley Park. For more information, see the Friends website,
Incline Friends Benefit April 9
“Running the Edge”–virtual run along the Colorado Trail
Incline Friends is screening a benefit showing of “Running the Edge: The Colorado Trail” at Stargazers Theatre on Wed, April 9th. Thrill to the incomparable scenery of our state on the 486-mile ribbon of singletrack that slices through the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Highly recommended. Tickets $10 at , $12 at the door. Doors open at 6 pm; show starts at 7. There’ll be vendors, prize drawings, Bristol Beer and an excellent food menu.
Stratton Open Space Revival April 10
Celebrate 20 years of Stratton Open Space!
Join Friends of Stratton Open Space to celebrate their 20th anniversary and help revitalize the Friends Group. The program will include Richard Marold, portraying Winfield Scott Stratton; and author Ruth Obee (A Sense of Place, Discovering the Stratton Open Space) will speak. Come early and purchase your dinner at one of the dining establishments at Ivywild, then enjoy a beverage with fellow admirers of Stratton Open Space. We need your help to shape the future of Stratton Open Space! More information at:
Upcoming Events
Save the dates
April 19, 9-3. Garden of the Gods Earth Day Celebration. Park Cleanup, llamas, falcons, magic show, Native American dancers, arts and crafts, climbing demos, more! Free admission at Rock Ledge Ranch all day. More information at this link.
April 24, 7 pm. Rising from Ashes. Stargazers Theatre. Showing of award-winning film about the development of a national cycling team in Rwanda. Benefits See the trailer at
April 26, 9 am. “Tackle the Trash” County-Wide Cleanup. Six volunteer sites for this county-wide event; more info and registration at, or email
April 29, 5-7:30 pm. Camp Creek Drainage Project Meeting, Coronado High School. Stop by any time between 5 and 6:30 p.m. to look at displays describing the recommended plan and talk to project engineers. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., there will be a short presentation, followed by questions and community discussion.
May 3, 10-2. Family Fun Day, Fountain Creek Nature Center.
Make solar oven s’mores, bird feeders; investigate pond critters, bug sweeps, puppet shows, recycling wizardry, dinosaur fossils, kites, crafts and more. ($4.00/member, $5.00/nonmember, FREE to active military families with I.D. No reservations required.)
May 10, 10 am – 4 pm. Friends of Cheyenne Cañon 21st Annual Hummingbird Festival. Enjoy live music, crafts for children, magicians, arts and crafts vendors, Pueblo Raptor birds of prey, nature-oriented booths, a silent auction, and great food and beverages. 719-385-6086.
May 11, 8 am. CycleFemme Women’s Bike Ride, FREE, Ivywild School. CycloFemme is a Global Women’s Cycling Day; this is a fun, easy, no-drop ride around town followed by optional breakfast. Hosted by Upadowna.
May 31, 8-5. Kids on Bikes Great Bicycle Carnival, Bear Creek Park. Races and games for all ages, obstacle course for adults, stunts, live music, food, beer garden, expo, more!
June 14, 20th Annual Starlight Spectacular, festivities start 9 pm, ride starts 10:30 pm, Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center. Register at Like our Starlight Spectacular Facebook page for the latest updates, registration information, special events news, and the opportunity to win great prizes in the weeks leading up to the event!
As always, check our volunteer website at for volunteer projects. We will start having a few dates in March, with more coming up in April and May.
Trails and Open Space Coalition | 1040 S. 8th Street | Suite 101 | Colorado Springs | CO | 80905

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