News August 6, 2014


  • Friends of Monument Valley Park Aug 6.
  • TOSC hosts public meeting on Ute Valley Park Master Plan Aug 14.
  • GOCO Listening Tour meeting Aug 14.
  • Monument Preserve Cleanup Aug 10 in memory of Devin Seifert.
  • Pikes Peak Marathon needs volunteers Aug 16-17.
  • Photography Class in Cheyenne Cañon Aug 20.
  • Pikes Peak Cycling Week–events all week–Aug 17-22.
  • Upcoming Events.
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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.

NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF August 6, 2014
Friends of Monument Valley Park TONIGHT.
Dinner and show at Navajo Hogan Aug 6.
“The Bad Boys of Country Music,” at Johnny’s Navajo Hogan Wednesday, August 6. Doors open at 5:30 pm, show at 7 pm. All proceeds from the show, and 20% of food and drinks purchases will go to the Friends of Monument Valley Park.
Aug 6 event poster
Aug 10 Mt Herman Cleanup & BBQ
Community Cleanup in memory of Devin Seifert.
Monument Preserve

Sunday, August 10, 2014 Mount Herman Cleanup

In memory of Devin J Seifert. Devin’s family and friends want to invite the community to join them Sunday, August 10th to honor Devin and help clean up Mount Herman. The focus is to clean up some of the old shooting areas as well as any problem dumping spots along the road. Wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and gloves – consider bringing water and a snack.  Rakes and shovels come in handy, and a few wheelbarrows are useful at the different sites. Meet at 9 amat Dirty Woman Park. More information and sign up on the Facebook event page or search for “Devin John Seifert Memorial.” Phone contact: Jon at 719-640-1347. BBQ after the cleanup, at Dirty Woman Park.
Find out more about Friends of Monument Preserve on the web at www.fomp.org, or on Facebook “fomp.org“. Partners include the US Forest Service, Friends of Monument Preserve, and many local businesses donating food, materials, dumpsters, and help.

Public Input sought on Ute Valley Park Addition.
Aug 14th meeting at TOSC about updated master plan.
Ute Valley bikerAugust 14th gives you two opportunities to voice your opinions about the future of open spaces in our area. First up, the City of Colorado Springs Parks Department is leading a public process for updating the Ute Valley Park Master Plan, and TOSC will help in this effort by hosting a meeting. The City has provided an interactive “Meeting in a Box,” which we will use to talk about plans for the new HP property addition. You’ll have a chance to share your vision for the expanded park and hear how others feel about what should and should not be included in the plan.What: Ute Valley Park Master Plan Public MeetingWhen: August 14, 5:30-7:00 pmWhere: TOSC office, 1040 S. 8th St., Suite 101.
GOCO wants your input; RSVP today!
Listening Tour meeting August 14 in Colorado Springs.
GOCO tourIf your interests lie with open spaces across the state, here is another opportunity to voice your opinions. GOCO (Great Outdoors Colorado) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces all over the state. GOCO will host a public forum in Colorado Springs on August 14, and you are invited to be part of the process to help set GOCO’s priorities for the next five years.
What: “Listening Tour” for GOCO
When: August 14, 5:30-7:30 pm
Where: Deerfield Hills Community Center, 4290 Deerfield Hills Road.
On the question that asks “Where did you hear about the meeting?” Please put Trails and Open Space Coalition! Thanks.
Pikes Peak Marathon & Ascent Volunteers.
Sign up now to help Aug 16-17.
This years’ Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent (August 16-17) has runners from 30 different countries, with 1800 registrants for the Ascent and 800 for the Marathon. The Ascent and Marathon are part of the Triple Crown of Running, a series of challenging races dedicated to personal fitness and athletic competition. Find out more at this link.They could still use a few more volunteers. You can sign up at this link.
Pikes Peak Cycling Week Aug 17-22.
USA Pro Challenge Stage 4, and local biking events.
  • Sunday Aug 17, 10:30 am – noon. USA Pro Challenge Stage 4 Citizens’ Ride.Olympic and paralympic athletes lead trail rides starting from Antlers Park. $15 full ride; $5 short ride. More info and registration at this link.
  • Monday, Aug 18, 5:15 pm. Colorado Springs Cycling Club Ride. Departs America the Beautiful Park. No-drop ride at a casual pace. Dinner at Rudy’s BBQ after.More info at this link.
  • Tuesday, Aug 19th, 5:30 pm. Club Cafe Velo Ride. An all abilities ride (8 to 20+ miles). Beer and snacks at Café Velo (11550 Ridgeline Dr #102) after the ride. Participants can RSVP by phone (719-772-6101) or email (contact@cafevelobikes.com).
  • Wednesday, Aug 20, 6-7:30 pm. UpaDowna Pedal Party. McCabe’s
    Tavern (520 S Tejon Street). Family-friendly, all ages 5-mile bike ride. Sign up at this link, or come a little early to sign a waiver.
  • Thursday, Aug 21, 11:30 am. Celebrate Colorado Springs Cycling Ride. Free community ride through downtown Colorado Springs featuring cycling organizations: USA Cycling members, USA Triathlon members, cycling clubs, BMX clubs, adaptive riding groups, unicycles, and more! Participants are encouraged to wear cycling jerseys or
    costumes, and use the free bike valet in Acacia Park after the ride to enjoy the USA Pro Challenge Finish Festival on Pikes Peak Avenue. Register at this link.
Call for Volunteers
Help needed for ADT Marathon, Labor Day weekend
ADT Marathon Trails and Open Space Coalition partners with the Pikes Peak Road Runners for the ADT Marathon (which includes a half-marathon, relay marathon, and kids’ “fun run” as well). We need 250 volunteers to help coordinate the race.
* Saturday August 30 – Packet Stuffing, Antlers Hilton from 1 to 3.
* Monday September 1 – Race day.Along the course: Still need aid station volunteers and course marshals.At America the Beautiful Park finish area for the half and full marathon:Early setup & traffic control, finish line, food pavilion, kids’ races, and post race teardown and loading.
To sign up or get more information, email volunteer@pprrun.org.
To register for the run, go to the ADT website.
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Colorado Photography School class Aug 20, Cheyenne Cañon.
Photo class notice
Take part in an ongoing series of photography classes in Cheyenne Cañon, given by Colorado Photography School and in collaboration with the Friends of Cheyenne Cañon. The August 20th session covers photography of landscapes and overlooks. All levels of photography knowledge and equipment are welcome, including cell phones! More information and sign up at: https://coloradophotographyschool.com/ .
Upcoming Volunteer Projects 
Save the dates

The volunteer season is in full swing! Check http://openspacevolunteers.org for details on these events:

  • Aug 6, Cheyenne Mountain State Park
  • Aug 6, Ute Valley Park
  • Aug 9, Ice Cave Creek Trail Building 
  • Aug 9, Barr Trail
  • Aug 10, Intemann Trail
  • Aug 10, Mt Herman Cleanup and BBQ
  • Aug 12, Cheyenne Mountain State Park
  • Aug 14, St. Mary’s Falls

As always, check our volunteer website at www.openspacevolunteers.org for volunteer projects. 

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