The Colorado Springs City Council has voted to put a TABOR refund question on the November 2015 ballot that would mean 2 million dollars for critical trail projects.
This will not begin to address the long list of maintenance needs and capital projects outlined in the recent master plan ($180M). But if passed it will repair key transportation trails like the Greenway, Rock Island, Shooks Run, Sinton and Sand Creek trails.
Midland Trail underpass to ATB closes permanently July 20
The Midland Trail Underpass at I-25 to America the Beautiful Park will close permanently onJuly 20. Midland Trail detour routes will be in place until the new trail configuration opens in summer of 2017. The eventual alignment of the trail will be closer to Fountain Creek.
Detour: Eastbound trail users will take Chestnut Street north to Cucharras Street, continue as it becomes Walnut Street and connects to Colorado Avenue, then take Colorado Avenue east under I-25 to the Greenway Trail or continue on Colorado Avenue to Cimino Drive to access America the Beautiful Park and connect back to the Midland Trail.
LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR TOSC MEMBER ADVENTURE–UTE VALLEY PARK, JULY 25
Sat, July 25, TOSC Member Adventure, Ute Valley Park hike. Signups close July 22.Ute Valley is a popular regional park in the northwest part of Colorado Springs. East and adjacent to the original parcel is the newest 200-acre section of the Park, recently acquired from HP. Come hike with us in the new section of the park, look at new trail work and signage, and see the site of new major trail connection coming soon–the East Loop. Friends of Ute Valley Park President Dan Woods will lead the hike with support from Trails and Open Space Coalition staff.This is a moderate hike with some uphill segments. The terrain is rocky, so please wear good hiking shoes. It is approximately 3 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 http://trailsandopenspaces.org/donate. For questions about your membership status, please email us or call 719.633.6884.Link to more information and signups.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN STATE GAMES CELEBRATION JULY 18
The Rocky Mountain State Games will feature its Opening Ceremony, on Saturday, July 18from 5-10 pm, in Downtown Colorado Springs.This celebration is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and will feature live entertainment and food! More info here.
Kids activities and bouncy rooms
USA Basketball 3×3 Regional Qualifier Invitational
Big Shot 3 Point Basketball Contest – hosted by the Big Brothers Big Sisters
Interactive film screenings
Beer and Liquor Garden
Hot Air Balloon Display
Autograph Session with Denver Broncos Cheerleaders – photo opportunity with Miles
Rocky Mountain State Games Opening Ceremony and Cauldron Lighting
Volunteers are needed July 17-19 & 24-26 for the State Games, 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.
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.
COMPETITIVE HILL CLIMB RACE:
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.
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 athttp://trailsandopenspaces.org
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. This is an all-day outing. 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.