News July 8, 2015

NEWS JULY 8, 2015


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Community Ride — Legacy Loop 10 K– this Sunday, July 12.

Explore the Legacy Loop 10K on a guided ride. You’ve heard about the $1M GOCO grant that was awarded for the Legacy Loop in downtown Colorado Springs–come ride with us, and see what the future holds!
Sun July 12, 11 am & noon,
please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in.
Meet at the parking lot across from the Heritage Gardens, 224 Mesa Road.
No-drop, 1 hour ride
View artist renderings of improvements–bridges, new trail, the exciting renovation of the Popcycle Bridge–at viewing stations along the way.
Another tour is scheduled for Sept 13, 1 pm. If you can’t make this one, save the date!
TOPS Working Committee Update.

Today the TOPS Working Committee voted 6-1 to honor TOSC’s request and remove some operational funding from the 2016 TOPS budget.
We know there is a need, but don’t believe the TOPS Open Space Acquisition category is the right fund to use for operational expenses. TOSC did support using $746,000 in acquisition dollars for open space stewardship projects.
The budget goes before the Parks Advisory Board tomorrow, where TOSC will again argue that while the proposed projects are worthy, it’s a bad precedent to use acquisition dollars for operational needs. The budget proposal will be decided by city council this fall.
Free concerts in Monument Valley Park.

Join the Friends of Monument Valley Park for a concert series “Musical Mondays.”
July 13, 20, and 27, come out to the lawn west of the Fine Arts Center in Monument Valley Park for free concerts from 7-8 pm. Bring a blanket, dinner, family and friends. Enjoy the park and hear some great local music.
Sign up now–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.


Sec 16 parking closed
The parking lot and trailhead access at Section 16 on Gold Camp Rd will be closed for paving for four weeks starting July 6. Trails are still open, and can be accessed from High Drive or other trailheads in the area.
Summer Block Party and Sidewalk Sale
July 10 & 11, 10-6

-Sidewalk sale with great discounts
– Most items in the store will be discounted.
– Prizes, giveaways.
1024 S Tejon St.
Volunteers needed 
Rocky Mtn State Games
July 17-19 & 24-26.
Colorado’s largest sports festival for athletes of all ages and athletic abilities. More than 10,000 athletes are expected to participate in 40 different sports.
Volunteers are needed, esp.July 24-26.
Be aware that all the rain we’ve been having could cause cancellations. Check with the sponsoring organizations for up-to-date information.
July 8 (Wed) 
5:30 pm Ute Valley Park Work Day.
July 11 (Sat)
7:30 am North Slope Mackinaw Trail
7:30 am Cheyenne Mtn State Park Work Day
8 am Palmer Park Work Day
8:30 am Pineries Open Space
July 12 (Sun)
8 am Red Rock Canyon Open Space
8:30 am Pineries Open Space
July 15 (Wed)
Ute Valley Park Work Day
July 16 ( Thurs)
7:45 am Seven Bridges Trail
8:30 am Red Rock Canyon Open Space
July 17 (Fri)
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
July 18 (Sat)
8:30 am Cheyenne Cañon Cleanup
8:30 am Red Rock Canyon Open Space
July 19 (Sun)
8:30 am Red Rock Canyon Open Space
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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