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.
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.
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.
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 pprrun.org/volunteer for more information, or find out more on our blog.
NEWS OF NOTE
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!
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
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.