News July 1, 2015

Celebrate Independence Day in a PARK with History, Art and Music, or a Summer Symphony.
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NEWS JULY 1, 2015

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Celebrate Independence Day in one of your Parks!

Rock Ledge Ranch 
Sat, July 4, 10 am to 5 pm
Patriotic speeches by historic characters, live music, Revolutionary War encampment, carnival games, pie and lemonade.

America the Beautiful Pk
Fri-Sun, Jul 3-5
Festival featuring more than 100 visual artists selling their work, along with three days of music performances and art happenings.
Memorial Park
July 4th Symphony
Activities,concessions 12 pm
Military bands 3:45 pm
CS Philharmonic 7:30 pm
Fireworks at dusk.
Starlight Photos on our Facebook page.
Riders come out of the Garden after the first Loop. Courtesy of Travis Lowell.

Please fill out your event surveys!
We’ve posted some Starlight photos on our facebook page, . Please share your fun photos with us. Here’s a direct link to the album.
If you rode the Starlight, look for a survey in your inbox–we’d love your input to make the event even better next year.
Mark your calendars for the 22nd Annual Starlight Spectacular June 18, 2016!
Exciting News for the Legacy Loop

Colorado Springs is getting much closer to completing our 100 year plus vision of a park and trail ring around our City Center with a $1 million grant from Great Outdoors Colorado!
The Legacy Loop will undergo a series of projects on the north and west end of the proposed ten mile loop to create significant connections from the Rock Island Trail to the Pikes Peak Greenway on the north end of Monument Valley Park. The Greenway Fund is very excited for the improved trail connections and enhancements for trail heads and underpasses that will bring greater access to our Monument Creek waterway!
“The existing trail corridor already sees 1,000 users per day, but trail gaps mean users have to navigate abrupt dead ends and street traffic. GOCO funding will fill these gaps with 2.3 miles of new trails and the addition of underpasses, pedestrian bridges, and other safe trail crossings.”
– Great Outdoors Colorado
Bike Clinic Too Karma Night July 7

Join Bike Clinic Too for Karma Night at Bristol Brewing, Tues, July 7, 5 – 9 pm.Bike Clinic Too provides bicycles to local homeless and others in need. Skilled mechanics make donated used bicycles roadworthy again. The bikes are provided along with free ongoing repairs. Clients receive a used but serviceable bicycle, which becomes a way to seek employment, get to appointments, attend classes, and find independence.
The following local bike shops accept bike donations for Bike Clinic Too: Criterium Bicycles, 6150 Corporate Dr, and Old Town Bike Shop, 426 S Tejon.
More information here.
Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb Aug 9

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb is a USA Cycling sanctioned road race, and a timed, non-competitive cycling event that gives cyclists of all abilities a truly unique experience on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain.

Race to the Summit (12.5 miles/20km – 4,725 ft elevation gain)
Registration (May 1 – August 5): $25 Junior; $60 all others
GRAN FONDO RIDES (timed, non-competitive fun rides): 

  • To Halfway Picnic Grounds (2.4 miles/4km – 570 ft elevation gain)
  • To Glen Cove (6 miles/9km – 2,050 ft elevation gain)
  • To Summit (12.5 miles/20km – 4,725 ft elevation gain)
  • Relay (3 person teams): relay points at Halfway Picnic Grounds & Glen Cove

Standard Registration (May 1 – August 5):

  • Start to Halfway Picnic Grounds: $20
  • Start to Glen Cove: $35
  • Start to Summit: $55
  • Team Relay (3 riders/team): $70/team

Includes tandems, ellipticals, recumbents, handcycles and unicycles.
All cyclists must pre-register for this event. No day-of-event registration.

Be aware that all the rain we’ve been having could cause cancellations. Check with the sponsoring organizations for up-to-date information.
July 1 (Wed) 
5:30 pm Ute Valley Park Work Day.
July 2 (Thurs)
7:45 am St. Mary’s Falls Trail
July 8 (Wed)
8 am Cheyenne Mountain State Park Work Day
Member Hikes and Events–save the dates!
Mt Muscoco Member Adventure Hike
All 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

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. More information and signups here.

Signups coming soon:

August 25-Mt. Kineo hike, Cheyenne Cañon

This 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.

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