News June 11, 2015

NEWS JUNE 10, 2015

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City survey asks you how they should spend money.

What do you think is most important in the City budget? The City of Colorado Springs has launched a short online survey to determine residents’ top priorities for City funding in 2016. Please take the seven-question survey that asks residents what programs, services and investments matter most to them.
We encourage our public to speak to the importance of open space, parks and trails in our city.


New prize for Starlight giveaway–call for registration volunteers.

Online registration through June 18–then walk in registration is available at the event.

Comment to win.
Comment on the picture of the bike helmet from Old Town Bike Shop on our Facebook page, and be entered in a drawing to win it! Drawing will be help nextThursday, June 18.
Call for registration volunteers, 8-11 pm, June 20 (Sat).  Registration volunteers help by giving out tee shirts and forms for people to sign up the night of the ride. We encourage costumes, but they aren’t necessary. We’ll work from 8 to about 11. If you’d like to help contact

TOSC Members-Only Adventure June 27–Mt. Muscoco!
Mt. Muscoco trail

Saturday, June 27 (Sat), 9 am.
At 8,020 feet, Mt. Muscoco is the highest point in the City Parks system, with unobstructed views of Cheyenne Cañon and the surrounding peaks. We will hike the newly-rerouted trail to the top–there are steep sections, and it’s all uphill, but it’s definitely worth it! You should be in good shape and used to sustained uphill hiking to enjoy this hike. It is approximately 3.5 miles round trip.

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 and select “Join TOSC.”
For questions about your membership status, please email us or call 719.633.6884.
Click here to register.

June is Colorado Bike Month–events all month long!

June is CO Bike Month!See the schedule.
Bike to Work Day 6/24
Wed, 6/24, 6:30-8:30am
Five locations: Downtown, Memorial Park
Three YMCAs: Jetwing, Montebello, Briargate.
Breakfast, prizes, demos, lots of fun!


City Council, Mayorencourage Bike Month Colorado Springs.
City Council passed a resolution declaring this June as Bike Month.
Mayor Suthers invites the public to Bike to Work Day June 24–he’ll be hosting the Mayor’s bike ride.

News of Note

Manitou Springs
Parks, Open Space Trails (POST) Master Plan
Give input!! Host a meeting, fill a survey, send pictures.
More info: POST website.

Thurs, June 18, 4:30-7pm
Public Open House for Shooks Run Corridor
North Middle School
612 E Yampa St.
Join a Citizen-involved, collaborative decision-making process to identify issues, challenges and opportunities for Shooks Run.

Trails 4 Teens at Florissant Fossil Beds
Teens hike all 14 miles of the trails at Florissant Fossil Beds–swag & prizes.

VOLUNTEER EVENTS –sign up now!
Be aware that all the rain we’ve been having could cause cancellations. Check with the sponsoring organizations for up-to-date information.
June 13 (Sat)
8 am Intemann Trail Flood Repair
8 ma Garden of the Gods Invasive weed pulling
8:30 am Garden of the Gods
9 am Greenway Cleanup
June 14 (Sun)
12:30 pm Garden of the Gods Youth Day Project
June 17 (Wed)
8 am Cheyenne Mtn State Park Trail Day
5:30 pm Ute Valley Park Work Evening
June 18 (Thurs)
7:45 am St. Mary’s Falls Trail

Member Hikes and Events–save the dates!
Dixon Trail Member Adventure Hike
2015 Member Adventures and EventsAll hike dates are on Saturdays, and in the morning, unless otherwise noted. Remember, these adventures and events are for TOSC Members only. Become a member at ; select “Join TOSC.”
June 27-Mt. Muscoco hike, Cheyenne CañonWe hiked Mt. Muscoco last year, and it was amazing-the highest point in any Colorado Springs City Park, and views forever. This is a challenging hike, with lots of vertical gain, and totally worth the effort!July 25-Ute Valley Park hikeUte Valley Park is a popular place for both hiking and biking with many sandstone cliffs and mesas. The National Trails Day Project on June 6 built new trail in the new 200-acres section previously owned by HP. We will hike the new portion of the park, see the changes that have been made and find out about what’s coming up next.August 25-Mt. Kineo hike, Cheyenne CañonThis is a gem of a trail, with lots of scenic beauty, that is very seldom hiked. This is a challenging hike with significant vertical gain.
September 26-Fountain Creek Regional Park “Creek Week” hike and cleanup eventWe’ll hike the Fountain Creek  Regional Trail and visit the Nature Center (recently renovated and expanded).After our short hike, we’ll join in the waterway cleanup with the Fountain Creek Watershed  team.
PARTY-Save the Date-Annual Members Celebration October 22 (Thursday) 6-8 p.m.We are looking forward to treating you to a fun evening out, to sharing our vision for 2016 and thanking you for your support. Let’s celebrate together! This is a free Members’ event.
Trails and Open Space Coalition
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