News Feb 18, 2015

  • Ute Pass Regional Trail Public Workshop Feb 24.
  • Give your input on GOCO strategic plan.
  • Program to celebrate Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial.
  • Bear Creek Park road closure Feb 10-27.
  • Black Forest area parks meeting March 4.
  • Upcoming events.
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Ute Pass Regional Trail Public Workshop.
Tuesday, February 24, 6 pm.


Tuesday, Feb 24, 6-9 pm. Ute Pass Elementary School, 9230 Chipeta Park Rd, Cascade. El Paso County Parks is seeking public input on the final section of the Ute Pass Regional Trail. After a brief introduction, the meeting will break into small groups to identify possible trail alignments and trailhead locations for the five-mile trail corridor between Manitou Springs and Cascade.
For more information about the Ute Pass Regional Trail Master Plan, please contact
For more background on the Regional Trail and the planning process, go to this link.
GOCO strategic plan open for comment.
Help shape Great Outdoors CO funding strategies.

After spending the year listening to the public — from a statewide listening tour to focus groups and public surveys — GOCO has unveiled a draft strategic plan to guide its funding priorities through 2020, and is asking for public input. Download the draft at this link. Submit comments and questions by March 3.
GOCO invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. GOCO grants, matched or leveraged with local fundraising and other grants, have helped preserve more than 205,000 acres in El Paso County.

Celebrate RMNP’s 100th birthday!
Special program Thursday, March 19, 7 pm.

Thursday, March 19, 7-8:30 pm, Library 21C, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive. Free admission; donations to the Sierra Club accepted.
Join the Pikes Peak Group of the Sierra Club in a program celebrating the Centennial of Rocky Mountain National Park with a one-man, first-person performance. Storyteller and award-winning author John Stansfield reenacts key moments in the life of Enos Mills and dramatizes his part in the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park. Following the program, the audience is invited to learn more about Mills in a question-and-answer session.
From childhood on, Enos Mills (1870-1922) experienced a bond with mountains and wilderness, which inspired him to overcome personal hardship to become a successful speaker, writer, naturalist, and the driving force behind the birth of Rocky Mountain National Park, celebrating its centennial in 2015. 
Carson St bridge closure Feb 2-mid March.
Fountain Creek Regional Trail bridge to open weekends.
Colorado Springs Utilities will be overseeing repair work to the Carson Street Pedestrian Bridge in the Security – Widefield area beginning Monday, February 2, through mid-March.  The bridge is used by Fountain Creek Regional Trail users to provide access over Fountain Creek.The bridge will be closed while the repair work is being completed.  It is anticipated the bridge will be re-opened on weekends.
For further information, please contact El Paso County Parks at 719-520-7529.
Road closure in Bear Creek Park Feb 10-27.
Use pavilion parking to access County Admin Bldg.
Flood repairs in Bear Creek Regional Park will require the closure of Creek Crossing Rd off West Rio Grande betweenFebruary 10 and February 27. During this time access to the Parks Administration building will be from the parking lot and pedestrian bridge near pavilion #4. Contractors will be removing the damaged culverts and installing a concrete box culvert, riprap and guardrails with paving being completed at a later date.
A map of the affected area is at this link.
Black Forest area Parks MeetingMarch 4.
Meet the Parks Supervisor, get info on projects and events.

Wednesday, March 4th6 pm at the Black Forest Fire Department, 11445 Teachout Road, Colo Springs, 80908. 
El Paso County Parks is hosting an informational meeting about Fox Run Regional Park, Black Forest Regional Park, Black Forest Section 16, Pineries Open Space and the New Santa Fe Trail. Meet your Parks Supervisor, and find out about new projects coming up with 1A money, Friends Groups, and events in your area.

Upcoming Events
Save the dates.
Free presentations, all at Mountain Chalet downtown:
February 18th (Wed)–Fritz Sperry will do a slide show and book signing for his latest title for back country skiers,Skiing the Front Range.
February 25th (Wed)–Vince Cloward will present “Rafting the Grand Canyon,” a compilation of images from his three trips down the river.
County Parks Meeting for Black Forest area:
March 4 (Wed)–Informational meeting about County Parks in the Black Forest area. See article for details.
Volunteer Dates:
March 7th (Sat)– 9 am – 12 noonCleanup and trail maintenance with Guardians of Palmer Park. See our volunteer calendar at
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