News August 5, 2015

ALERT–contact County Commissioners about the Ute Pass Regional Trail.
Fun Greenway cleanup Aug 8; Manitou Springs Master Plan meeting Aug 10.
News and upcoming events

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Help needed for Ute Pass Regional Trail–Comment and Call!

We need your help! Please comment on the plan by Aug 7, contact County Commissioners and let them know that they should vote for completing the Ute Pass Regional Trail, plan to attend the meeting mid-August.
Completing the 11-mile Ute Pass Regional Trail is a TOSC priority and a part of El Paso County Parks’ Master Plan.
A small but very vocal opposition is trying to drown out the opinions of regional partners who want the completion of the east-west corridor between Manitou Springs and the Teller County border. After numerous public meetings, a “preferred route” for that gap has been chosen and is now available for you to read and comment.

Details, County Commissioner contact info, and links to the plan.

Aug 10–Manitou Springs Master Plan Public Meeting.

Mon, Aug 10, 5:30 pm
Manitou Spgs City Hall
Manitou Springs is updating its Parks, Open Space and Trails (POST) Master Plan in order to create a “roadmap” for future projects. TOSC and partners are hosting a public meeting about the new Master Plan, with opportunities for public input.

Bear Creek Watershed Draft Decision Released

The US Forest Service has released its draft decision regarding the restoration of the Bear Creek Watershed. The new plan calls for decommissioning trails and creating new, more sustainable trails within the watershed in order to protect the endangered Greenback Cutthroat Trout.
Comments and objections must be submitted by September 4.

More info and links here.

Volunteers needed for the ADT Marathon, Half, and Relay.

Pikes Peak Road Runners and the Trails and Open Space Coalition need your help on Labor Day, September 7. The American Discovery Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay, and Kids Runs requires close to 250 volunteers, and serves as a major annual fundraiser for TOSC. We need your help working at an aid station along the course, or at kids races, finish line, drop bags, food pavilion, setup or breakdown. Enjoy beautiful America the Beautiful Park and aid a good cause.
Contact for more information, or find out more on our blog.


Sat, Aug 8, 9 am
Greenway Cleanup, FUNraiser, Cruiser Ride
Cleanup on the South Greenway, free coffee and beer, party at McCabe’s, and Cruiser Ride!
Falcon Regional Park 
Open House
Tues, Aug 11, 6:30 pm
Learn about and weigh in on the design for the new Eastern El Paso County Park.
Vote Yes for Trails
With City Council approval, voters will be asked in November to allow $2.1 M in excess revenues to be used for critical trail projects.

Canvases in the Canon
Call for Art.
2- or 3-dimensional pieces with a focus on our region, especially the Cañon. Free entry; 15% sales donation to the park. Event 8/22.
Outdoor Expo 
Thurs, Aug 13, 5-8 pm
Ivywild School
Join TOSC and more than a dozen other companies & orgs for a fun night out all about the outdoors!
Pikes Peak Summit House
Open House
Tues, Aug 25, 3-7 pm
Public meeting about the proposed project to redesign and reconstruct the Pikes Peak Summit House. August 25, 3-7, Library 21C, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive.

Be aware that all the rain we’ve been having could cause cancellations. Check with the sponsoring organizations for up-to-date information.
Aug 5 (Wed) 
5:30 pm Ute Valley Park
Aug 6 (Thurs)
8 am Barr Trail
Aug 8 (Sat)
7 am Incline Ambassadors
7:30 am Barr Trail
7:30 am Cheyenne Mountain State Park
9 am Greenway Cleanup
Aug 9 (Sun)
7 am Incline Ambassadors
7:30 am Barr Trail
8 am Bear Creek Park
Aug 11 (Tues)
7:30 am Cheyenne Mtn State Park
8 am Blodgett Peak Open Space
Aug 13 (Thurs) 
7:20 Barr Trail
Aug 15 (Sat)
8 am Lovell Gulch Restoration
8:30 am Cheyenne Cañon Trail Day
9 am Badger Flats Restoration
Aug 16 (Sun)
8 am Badger Flats Restoration

Member Hikes and Events–save the dates!
South Slope hike
TOSC Member Adventure hikes
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

August 15–Mt Kineo Hike
Pike National Forest
Enjoy breathtaking views of Bear Creek Canyon and Cheyenne Cañon. The approach to the mountain is on the Seven Bridges Trail and through Jones Park. The path to the summit is little-known, and so seldom hiked. This is a pretty strenuous hike, and will take most of the day. If you’re up to the challenge, join us! More info and signups here.
Signups coming soon:

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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