News April 22, 2015

  • Happy Earth Day! Volunteer Events this weekend.
  • Cimarron Interchange Project.
  • Mayoral Runoff Forum April 27–live, Twitter, KRCC-HD2.
  • Join TOSC–April Membership Campaign.
  • Corral Bluffs TOSC Member Adventure April 25th.
  • New trail build in Red Rock Canyon May 10
  • South Slope opens May 23.
  • 21st Annual Starlight Spectacular June 20th.
  • TOPS Working Committee Vacancies.
  • Upcoming events.
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Today is Earth Day!
Celebrate at volunteer events this weekend.
Take your pick from among eight volunteer opportunities this weekend–something for everyone! Details at
Cimarron Interchange project moves forward.
Public Open Houses to come.

Work is beginning on pre-construction clearing around the Interstate-25/Cimarron interchange project, including removal of vegetation and invasive trees. This will set the stage for restoration of Fountain Creek and Midland Trail improvements. We are told that the plan will have a trail component; watch for news about public open houses to get the details. *Note: No traffic changes or delays are planned until Spring 2016.

Non-motorized plan meetings April 22 and 23.
Or give input online, 
Learn about and give input on recommendations to improve walking and biking as ways to get around the region. The draft Regional Non-motorized Transportation System Plan is available here.

  • Wednesday, April 22, 5−7 p.m., Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO
  • Thursday, April 235−7 p.m., Falcon Fire Station, 7030 Old Meridian Road, Peyton, CO 80831

You can review information and submit comments on the project website at or to before May 11.

Mayoral Run-off Forum
Attend live, follow on Twitter or Facebook, listen live on KRCC.
Monday, April 27th7:30 pm, Celeste Theater, Gaylord Hall, Colorado College, 825 N. Cascade Ave. Follow the Tweetchat hashtag #csmayor, get updates through our Facebook page, or listen to the livestream audio on KRCC-HD2. Tweet, email or Facebook us your questions regarding environment and sustainability.

Join TOSC! Membership Campaign.
South Slope member hike

You get our newsletter. Won’t you please help support our efforts?
Join our community of 1,200 members and help with important projects right now–improving our bikeways, closing trail gaps, Ring the Peak Trail, Friends Groups and Parks funding solutions. We get you the news on volunteer projects, issues and events that matter to people who love the outdoors. Got to to become a member today!
Corral Bluffs TOSC Member Adventure
April 25th Members only hike in Corral Bluffs.
Corral Bluffs Hikers

Corral Bluffs is a beautiful, wild open space, purchased in 2009 yet not officially opened to the public. We will join our friends with the Corral Bluffs Alliance onSaturday, April 25th for a scenic hike on the 600-acre property,and learn about future expansion plans. Signups and more info:

This is a Members-only event 

. Please do not sign up if you are not a current TOSC member. If you would like to become a member, please go to 

. For questions about your membership status, please email us or call719.633.6884.
Help build new trail in Red Rock Canyon!
May 10 work date for Sand Canyon Loop Trail.
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Manitou CATS is building a brand new trail in Red Rock Canyon Open Space. It is the Sand Canyon Loop Trail, which will connect the west canyon of the Red Rock Canyon Open Space with the trails in the other canyons and with the Intemann Trail. Volunteers will be clearing the corridor and building 36-inch tread. Project date is Sunday, May 10.
There is a special need for Crew Leaders and Crew Leader Trainees, and designated signups for people with those specialized skills on the registration site. General volunteers can sign up at the same site.
Visit our volunteer website for more information and links to signup:

South Slope Reservations open May 1.
Area open by permit only weekends May 23-Sept 27.
South Slope picture

The South Slope Recreation Area will open for its first full season of operation starting onSaturday, May 23, 2015.
Use of the area is by permit only! No access will be allowed without pre-registering, and permits are not available on-site. There are a limited number of vehicles and users allowed each day. The fee is $15 per vehicle, up to eight persons per vehicle. Registration for permits for Memorial Day weekend through the end of June will begin May 112:01 a.m. More information is on the City’s website.

21st Annual Starlight Spectacular June 20th
The PIRATES are coming…

Register now for the 21st Annual Starlight Spectacular on June 20, our night time bike ride through the city, starting and ending at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center.
Start thinking about costumes–prizes for best costume, best group costume, and best illuminated bike. The theme this year is…PIRATES! 
For best value, register now, at the Earlybird pricing. For more information, visit
TOPS Working Committee Vacancies
Volunteers submit application by May 4.
The City of Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is seeking applicants for three vacancies on the TOPS Working Committee, which determines spending priorities for the Trails, Open Space and Parks sales tax. The application process is open untilMay 5th. Applicants must live in the City of Colorado Springs. For more information, visit our website.
Upcoming Events
Details on Events and Volunteer Dates on our website.
April 30 (Thursday), 6-8 pmLeave No Trace awareness class — learn good stewardship ethics for the Great Outdoors, Library 21C, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive. if you plan to attend.
April 30 (Thursday), 7:30 pm. “Run Free–the Story of Caballo Blanco” tells the story of ultra-running legend Micah True and the Ultramarathon Caballo Blanco. Benefits the Pikes Peak Road Runners. Tickets are $11 in advance at this link.
Volunteer Dates: 
Details and more events on our volunteer calendar
April 22 (Wed), 5:30 pm – 8 pm. Cheyenne Mountain State Park Trail Work evening. Primarily maintenance work on existing trail system.
April 25 (Sat), 8:30 – 12:30. Disc Golf Course Work Day, 2685 E. Las Vegas. Help with a recreational infill project by creating a new disc golf course. Lunch provided by Chick-fil-A.
April 25 (Sat) 8:30am-noon. North Cheyenne Cañon Park Cleanup. Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center. Ensure your enjoyment of a clean Cañon by participating in the Earth Day/Spring Cañon Clean up!
April 25 (Sat), 9 am. Third Annual Tackle the Trash. El Paso County Parks’ annual cleanup. Seven sites all around the county, sign up at
April 25 (Sat), 10 am to 2 pm. Shooks Run Cleanup. 706 North Franklin St. or Prairie Dog O’Byrne Park, 503 E. Bijou St. at Corona. Music and refreshments to follow the cleanup.
April 25 (Sat) 1-4 pm. Monument Creek Cleanup. 515 W Polk St. Celebrate Earth Day and help clean up the Roswell Reach portion of Monument Creek with the Pikes Peak Group of the Sierra Club.
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