News November 12, 2014

  • ALERT–Six Community Meetings about City Parks priorities, between Nov 12 and Dec 4.
  • Indy Give! campaign ongoing.
  • Ute Valley Park Master Plan Meeting Nov 12.
  • 1A Project in Falcon moving forward.
  • Give Gear Nov 21 and Nov 22–food, drink, prizes, FUN! 
  • Volunteers needed for Ute Pass Trail Nov 14th.
  • Upcoming Volunteer Events.

Speak up for City Parks!
First community meeting November 12th.
Mt Muscoco

First community meeting tonight,Wed, Nov 12, 5:30 pm, Coronado High (Northwest), 1590 W Fillmore 
 Our parks need you tospeak 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 more information and the full schedule at our website.

Give Campaign is underway!
Help TOSC preserve open space and parks in our region.
children in park
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. Thanks to generous donors in the first week of the campaign, we qualified for the Lottie Prize, which means an additional $1500-$2000 for our organization. Thank you! We are now in the second phase of the campaign, working towards our total goal of $35,000.  Please help us–donate now!
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.
Ute Valley Park Master Plan Meeting Nov 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 from 6 to 8 pm 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.

1A projects moving forward.
Master Plan public meeting for new Falcon Regional Park, Nov 18, 6-8 pm.
One week ago voters said “yes for parks.” Next week one of those projects takes a giant step forward. Falcon residents and neighbors in surrounding communities are invited to share their vision for the new Falcon Regional Park.

  • Tuesday, Nov 18th 6-8 pm, Meridian Ranch Recreation Center

Open Space? Playing Fields? Trails? Spray Park? Help shape the Master Plan for this park. Thanks to public support for 1A, and El Paso County Parks’ quick response, this park is one step closer to being a reality for northeastern El Paso County.

Give Gear is ON!
Donate gear and win BIG prizes.
Events Nov 21 and 22.
Starting now and running through Nov. 22, donate your outdoor gear on behalf of TOSC. They will receive 50% of items sold AND you will be entered to win great prizes. Prizes include items from Sierra Designs (a $550 mountaineering tent!), Kelty, Fox River, Optic Nerve, Klymit, Camelbak, City Rock, Unlimited Bodywork, Gordini, and MUCH more! Stop by anytime during business hours, the event Friday the 21st, or the sale Saturday the 22nd. Donate any of your acceptable outdoor gear and be entered to win! Did we mention the Sierra Designs tent is valued at $550!? We have over $1,000 in prizes to give away!
Friday, Nov. 21, 7 pm. A Thousand Takeouts, a multi-media presentation about rafting through the Grand Canyon. Food from McCabe’s Tavern and refreshments from New Belgium. Prizes, giveaways, and great conversation.
Saturday, November 22, 10-6, party and sale. TOSC benefit.
– Discounts up to 50% off store inventory.
– FREE lunch for first 100 guests starting at 11:00.
– Live music.
– Prizes and giveaways.
– Free chair massages from Unlimited Bodywork.
– TOSC will receive a portion of the sales and be present with prizes if you donate through the Indy Give.
Get more information and see our complete FUN event schedule at
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
Clarification on Jones Park vote
City Council pursuing appraisal; to reconsider Nov 25, 1 pm.

A graphic titled “STOP” has been making the rounds on Facebook, containing language from a City Council resolution authorizing the sale of Jones Park to the highest bidder. This resolution was considered and FAILED at the City Council meeting on September 9th. After the failure of the resolution, Council directed CSU staff to pursue an appraisal of the Jones Park property as a precursor to its sale or transfer. Council is expected to take up the matter again at their meeting Nov 251 pm. As soon as we have the agenda we will post details. Stay tuned.

Upcoming Volunteer Projects.
Save the dates.

The volunteer season is winding up–get out now! Check for details on these events:


Nov 14Friday

Ute Pass Trail Repair (near the Incline)

Nov 15Saturday

Bark Rangers Training

Garden of the Gods Workday


As always, check our volunteer website at for volunteer projects. 

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