• TOSC Annual Fundraiser–Indy Give!
  • Voting Results for 1A–a big YES for Parks.
  • ALERT–Six Community Meetings about City Parks priorities, between Nov 12 and Dec 4!
  • Rock the Give! event Nov 6. 
  • Volunteers needed for Ute Pass Trail Nov 14th.
  • Parks Advisory Board Opening District 5.
  • Ute Valley Park Master Plan Meeting Nov 12.
  • Bark Rangers Training Nov 15.
  • Upcoming Volunteer Events.
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.

Give Campaign is live!
Help TOSC preserve open space and parks in our region.
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In the past five years with Indy Give!, your donations have helped us make a real difference in our community for trails, parks and open spaces. We successfully led the charge to pass Ballot Issue 1A, which gave $2 million to County Parks for much-needed projects. We’ve been at the table working on Parks Master Plans, where we helped craft the vision of a city and county ringed by open space and parks, connected by trails and bikeways. Please help us–donate now!

Our goals for the coming year include projects to advance the Pikes Peak region as a premier outdoor recreation destination, and working on a solution to guarantee stable and sustainable parks funding.
We need your help to achieve these big goals. Click here to donate.

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  • Extra for you:  If you give at least $10 to five non-profits between TODAY and November 9th through Indy Give! you get a chance to win a two-year lease on a 2015 Subaru from Heuberger Motors. This promotion is only available for those 5 days.
  • Extra for TOSC: If we can raise $5,000 from 20 individual donors between TODAY and November 9th, we will share in a portion of a $50,000 prize from the Lottie Fund.

Make your donation go farther–donate TODAY!

Open Space

Bear Creek Watershed, Ring the Peak, Banning Lewis Ranch. These are some of the top priorities on our plate in the coming year. If you would like to see these areas preserved, and want to help us make these projects a reality, please consider a gift through the Indy Give!  It’s fast, easy, and you get great rewards from local merchants!
Thank you for your support. Let’s work together to protect what so many of us came here for–our parks and open spaces.
1A Wins BIG!
70% voted YES for County Parks.
Given the choice between a property tax credit and supporting El Paso County Parks projects, voters chose parks. The message? People love and value parks and are willing to spend money on them when asked.
Thanks to those who worked on the campaign, and to all those who voted yes on 1A, YES FOR PARKS!
Speak up for City Parks!
Community Meetings to discuss priority projects.

Mt Muscoco

Our parks need you to speak up! Please come to one of six Community Meetings hosted by Mayor Bach between Nov 12 and Dec 4, and let the Mayor know that parks are a priority and as important as fixing potholes–they are necessary for our quality of life, and are an economic driver for the region.
Topics at the Community Meetings will include the highest priority, backlogged capital improvement projects in YOUR neighborhoods for streets, public safety and parks. We encourage residents to come to the meetings with your questions and concerns, and speak up for the importance of our City Parks.
See the schedule and location at our website.

Rock the Give! Nov 6, 5:30 pm
Party with five great nonprofits at CityRock.
Come on out for one of the most fun events of the year at Rock the Give! on Thursday, November 6th at City Rock. TOSC and four other great local nonprofits invite you to enjoy circus performances, munchies and beer, prize drawings, and have fun with the great folks from the Trails and Open Space Coalition, RMFI, the MAT, Kids on Bikes and Medicine Wheel! Free entry with suggested donation to one or more of the nonprofits through the Give! campaign.
Get more information and see our complete FUN event schedule at www.trailsandopenspaces.org/give

Give events Nov 8

Two fun benefits for Give! are happening Saturday, Nov 8th–the Give 4 the community run/walk in the morning, and the Masquerade in the evening. Check out the links for more information and registration.
Volunteers Needed for Ute Pass TrailNov 14
Erosion control near the base of the Incline

Project: Installation of erosion control fabric and trail repair on the Ute Pass Trail (near the base of the Incline in Manitou Springs.
Date: Friday, November 14th.
Meeting Location/Time: Free parking lot next to Memorial Park in Manitou Springs at 8:30 am. We will carpool to the site as parking is limited.
Details: Volunteers should bring sturdy work shoes and long pants, lunch, water bottle and gloves (gloves can be provided). We need 10-20 volunteers. The work is moderate and volunteers should plan on a 4 – 5 hour work day.
For more information and to sign up, email Vince@trailsandopenspaces.org.
El Paso County Parks Advisory Board Opening 
Residents of EPC District 5 encouraged to apply
If you have a passion for parks and live east or south of downtown, consider joining the El Paso County Parks Board. Information on the Parks Advisory Board is on the El Paso County website; see the map of District 5 at this link. Questions? Call Bill or Susan at TOSC, 719-633-6884.
Ute Valley Park Master Plan MeetingNov 12
Two alternative plans to be presented.

Ute Valley biker

The second in a series of public meetings to develop an updated Master Plan for Ute Valley Park will be from6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Eagleview Middle School, 1325 Vindicator Drive.
Approximately 120 people participated in the first meeting on Sept 23. Ideas from that meeting served as the basis for two alternative plans that will be presented Nov 12. The bulk of the meeting will be spent with participants reviewing and responding to the alternatives.
Information from the Sept 23 meeting is at this link.

“Bark Rangers” Training Nov 15
Volunteers to educate about responsible dog management.
Learn to model responsible dog management on the trails, and help teach others! Join the Bark Ranger team for a two-hour training at the Starsmore Discovery Center Sat, Nov 15 9-11 am. For more information, contact mhayden@springsgov.com.
Upcoming Volunteer Projects.
Save the dates.

The volunteer season is winding up–get out now! Check http://openspacevolunteers.org for details on these events:


Nov 8, Saturday

Demonstration Garden cleanup

Garden of the Gods Work Day

Nov 9Sunday

Garden of the Gods Youth Day

Nov 14Friday

Ute Pass Trail Repair (near the Incline)

Nov 15Saturday

Bark Rangers Training


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

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