News July 16, 2015

City Council voted for a TABOR refund question on the Nov ballot for trail repairs.
Midland Trail underpass at I-25 closes permanently on July 20.
News and upcoming events
NEWS JULY 15, 2015


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Vote YES for Trails!

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.

More info and project list.


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 20Midland 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.



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 For questions about your membership status, please email us or call 719.633.6884.Link to more information and signups.



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.
Activities include:

  • 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
  • Live Music
  • Interactive film screenings
  • Taekwondo Demonstrations
  • Beer and Liquor Garden
  • Hot Air Balloon Display
  • Autograph Session with Denver Broncos Cheerleaders – photo opportunity with Miles
  • Food Vendors
  • 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.

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.

Friends of the Peak Event
Monday, July 20 5:30 pm
Trinity Brewing
 Please invite your friends, co-workers and family. $1 from every Trinity Beer sold will help support FOTP, maintaining healthy trails in the Pikes Peak region.
Summer Park Concerts
Bear Creek Park,
Jul 22, Aug 19 & 26, 6 pm.
Monument Valley Park,
July 20 and 27, 7 pm.
Public Meeting
Aug 10, 5:30 pm
Manitou Springs City Hall
Provide input on the upcoming Master Plan.
Be aware that all the rain we’ve been having could cause cancellations. Check with the sponsoring organizations for up-to-date information.
July 16 (Thurs) 
7:45 am Seven Bridges Trail
8:30 am Red Rock Canyon Open Space
July 17 (Fri)
8:30 am Red Rock Canyon Open Space
July 18 (Sat)
8:30 am Red Rock Canyon Open Space
8:30 am Cheyenne Cañon Cleanup
July 19 (Sun)
Ute Valley Park Work Day
TOSC Member Adventure Hikes!
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. 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.

Member Hikes and Events–save the dates!
Trails and Open Space Coalition
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