News Aug 20, 2014

  • Who should own Jones Park?
  • Dixon Trail Work Days Aug 23Sept 13.
  • Iron Mountain Completion Work Aug 24.
  • Groups needed for noxious weed project, EPC Parks.
  • USA Pro Challenge comes to town Aug 21.
  • Closures and Delays USA Pro Challenge Aug 21.
  • Aug 28 Transportation Public Meeting.
  • Save the Date-Sept 23-Ute Valley Park meeting.
  • 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 20, 2014
County moves to acquire Jones Park.
TOSC opposes; parks funding at issue.
The Board of County Commissioners voted to seek possession of Jones Park, in the Bear Creek Watershed.TOSC opposes this plan. One of our concerns–Where will the additional money come from? (CSU estimates the trail and stream work required by NEPA at $400,000-$800,000). What won’t get done in county parks and on county trails as a result? El Paso County general fund support for its parks and trails remains low. There are already maintenance needs not being addressed.For the sake of users and the threatened trout, Jones Park should be turned over to the well-financed National Forest Foundation and eventually the US Forest Service.
The matter will be decided Wednesday, August 20 (today)  at the CSU Board of Directors meeting. Agenda item scheduled for 1:45 Blue River Board Room, 5th Floor, Plaza of the Rockies South Tower, 121 S. Tejon St.
More details on our website.
Top of Cheyenne Mtn work days.
Dixon Trail Aug 23Sept 13.
Iron Mountain COMPLETION Aug 24.
Help finish the connection COS-Manitou.
Come sign up with all your trail-building friends and let’s finish the trail! Sign up at Manitou
USA Pro Challenge comes to COS Aug 21.
USA Pro Challenge Stage 4, and local biking events.
  • 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. More information and schedule on our website.
Road Closures and Delays.
Stage 4: Colorado Springs Circuit Race –Thurs, Aug. 21

  • Start at the world famous Broadmoor
  • 21st St/Cresta to W Colorado
  • West Colorado Avenue–30th Street to Cascade Avenue
  • Finish line in Downtown Colorado Springs
See the route, closures and delays at this link.
Keep in mind that road closures and delays to motorized traffic do not apply to pedestrians and bike traffic, so why not ride your bike or park and walk to the location you want to watch the race? Both are great ways to see the action and join in on the fun and excitement of experiencing this world class event.
Call for Volunteers.
El Paso County needs groups to help fight noxious weeds.
Organizations and groups are needed to pull/dig noxious weeks in Bear Creek Regional Park, at Bear Creek Nature Center, and Black Forest Regional Park. No set dates; the County will take groups of any size, and Parks staff will train on site about what weeds to pull and how to pull them.
Contact Dana Nordstrom, Community Outreach Coordinator, El Paso County Parks, or 719-520-6983.
Your Input is Needed Aug 28.
Help shape the future of regional transportation.
Please attend a community meeting on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 from 4-6 pm at the City Administration Building, Room 102. The format will be an open house with multiple opportunities to provide input. A brief presentation and question/answer session will begin at 4:30 pm.
Save the Date–Sept 23–for Ute Valley Park.
Public Master Plan Meeting Eagleview School.
Upcoming Volunteer Projects 
Save the dates

The volunteer season is in full swing! Check for details on these events:

  • Aug 20, Ute Valley Park
  • Aug 20-24 Severy Creek “Volunteer Vacation” with RMFI
  • Aug 23, Woodmen Valley Park
  • Aug 23, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Dixon Trail
  • Aug 23, Devil’s Playgound, Friends of the Peak
  • Aug 24, Iron Mountain Trail Completion
  • Aug 24, Black Forest Regional Park Restoration

As always, check our volunteer website for volunteer projects. 

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