News Feb 25, 2015

  • South Academy plan meeting POSTPONED to March 5.
  • FEMA trail repairs through March.
  • Legacy Loop presentation March 18.
  • Give your input on GOCO strategic plan.
  • Program to celebrate Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial.
  • Black Forest area parks meeting March 4.
  • Upcoming events.
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Give input on S. Academy access.
Public meeting Thurs Feb 26 on Hancock/Academy changes.

Meeting originally scheduled for Feb 26 has been postponed to:
Thursday, March 5, 4-6pmVictory World Outreach Church, 3150 S. Academy Boulevard (southwest corner of Hancock and Academy).
If you would like to see more access to bike lanes and walking routes in the southwest of our city, please attend and help shape the plan.The Planning and Environmental Linkage Study (PEL) is the next step in the Academy Boulevard Corridor Great Streets Plan. The goal is to revitalize the South Academy corridor, and to provide access to people to come and shop, walk or bike in the area. More information at this link.

FEMA repairs on trails through March.
400 projects; watch for “rolling trail closures.”
Cottonwood Trail damage

Possibly coming soon to a soft surface trail near you, improvements! COS parks is targeting 400 locations on 8 properties and completing $400,000 worth of trail repairs, thanks to FEMA. The damage is a result of the September 2013 floods..
In all, 5 miles of trail will see improvements. Expect  “rolling trail closures” as crews move from location to location. The goal is to finish by the end of March.

Legacy Loop presentation March 18th.
Learn about future plans for COS trail connections!
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
El Pomar Foundation’s Penrose House, Penrose Pavilion, 1661 Mesa Avenue. Hors d’oeuvres and beer and wine will be served.
Registration required. Click here to register.
Learn about the project to connect the Greenway and Shooks Run trails in Colorado Springs to create a loop around much of the central city. This project has been in the works for decades, and Colorado Springs Parks has made it a priority project in their work plan for the year.
Featured speakers will be Jeff Shoemaker, The Greenway Foundation – Denver, Tatiana Bailey, Southern Colorado Economic Forum, and Chris Jenkins with Nor’wood Development Group.
For more information, see the Legacy Loop web page.
Bear Creek Park road closure update.
Weather delay; closed until March 14.
Due to recent weather conditions and the long-term forecast the closure on Creek Crossing (off Rio Grande) will continue until March 14th. Construction will continue at the site, however several above freezing and snow free days are required to pour the concrete headwalls. During this time access to the Parks Administration building will continue to be from the parking lot and pedestrian bridge near pavilion #4. Here’s a link to a map of the affected area. For questions and concerns contact Jason Meyer, 719.520.6985.
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.
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 presentation at Mountain Chalet downtown:
February 25th (Wed)–Vince Cloward will present “Rafting the Grand Canyon,” a compilation of images from his three trips down the river.
March 14 (Sat)–2-3 pm. History in Stone: the Story of Red Rock Canyon. From dinosaurs to early humans to the fight for preservation. Reservations required, 385-5990 $5; free for members of the Pioneers Museum.
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
April 2 (Thurs), 5:30-8 pmYourCOS. A non-political gathering to learn about day-to-day city operations. Hear from city staff and volunteers to learn about ways to get involved and understand the City’s efforts to improve our community. More information, registration and submit questions at this link.
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