News Sept 16, 2015

Come out for the Creek Week Kickoff event Sept 26.
Public meeting on AFA Santa Fe Trail Sept 28.
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Sign up now for the Creek Week Kickoff, Sat Sept 26
Creek Week Kickoff and Cleanup
Saturday Sept 26, 8 am
Fountain Creek Regional Park
This event is open to the public; have fun with TOSC and make a difference!
TOSC will join the Creek Week Kickoff at Fountain Creek Regional Park for the cleanup and fun kickoff activities. We will gather at 8 am for sign in, then take a short hike to our cleanup location. We’ll work until about 11:30, then return to the main staging area to take group photos and do prize drawings.We’ll have special swag for our guests!
Get together with friends in the outdoors, and help make your community cleaner and safer. The second Annual Creek Week is Sept 26 – Oct 4.One week’s worth of collaborative cleanup can make a huge difference. Start talking to your friends about forming a Creek Crew today, and get ready for Creek Week.

Public Meeting on the Santa Fe Trail through AFA
El Paso County Parks will host a community meeting to discuss the public use of the New Santa Fe Regional Trail through Air Force Academy property.
Monday, September 28, 2015 at 6 p.m.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Offices
4255 Sinton Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80907.
We encourage the public to come out and make their thoughts known about the New Santa Fe Trail and its future uses.
Manitou Springs POST Community Workshop Sept 24.

Manitou Springs
Parks, Open Space and Trails Master Plan Community Workshop.

Thursday, Sept 24

6 pm
Manitou Springs City Hall
606 Manitou Avenue
Find out what the community has been saying about the city’s outdoor resources and give your opinion on the draft statements prepared from previous meetings and feedback.
Waldo Waldo 5K Walk/Run, Oct 17.
Waldos in costume

Registration is open for the Waldo Waldo!
Saturday, October 17, 9 am
Supports the Trails and Open Space Coalition
The Waldo Waldo 5K is a locally-run family-friendly 5K walk & “fun run” fundraiser for local nonprofits.
The registration fee comes with a Waldo or Wenda costume kit (characters from the popular “Where’s Waldo?” children’s books) that includes a shirt, hat and glasses! Register now; the price increases the morning of the event.

Infestations threaten trees in local parks
Thousands of city trees in North Cheyenne Cañon, Bear Creek Canon Park and Blodgett Peak were defoliated this summer. City of Colorado Springs Forestry Dept has a plan to try to save the trees.
City of Colorado Springs Calendar photo contest
Now through Oct 1.
City Parks wants your seasonal shots from any of our City’s natural treasures, scenic hideaways, gorgeous vistas, or places in action. Contest rules at the link.
Vote Yes for Trails
Voters will be asked in November to allow $2.1 M in excess revenues to be used for critical trail projects.We have pics and project list.
ADT Marathon Success! 
Pics on our website
Thanks to the runners and volunteers who made the ADT Marathon a great event!
Cheyenne Mtn Run
8 mile and 5K
Oct 24, 10 am
Run the Dixon Trail and help raise funds to complete it to the top of Cheyenne Mountain!
Pikes Peak Summit House
Your Comments Wanted!
The City of Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak, U.S. Army, and Colorado Springs Utilities are starting the planning process to replace the existing facilities on the summit of Pikes Peak. Public input is needed!
Check our volunteer calendar for details and sign up information.
Sept 16 (Wed)
5:30 pm Ute Valley Park
Sept 19 (Sat)
7:30 am Waldo Canyon
8 am Lovell Gulch
8 am Barr Trail
Sept 20 (Sun)
7:30 am Waldo Canyon
Sept 24 (Thurs)
7:45 am Seven Bridges Trail
Sept 26 (Sat) 
8 am Creek Week Kickoff–hike and cleanup
8 am Ute Valley Park
8:30 am Garden of the Gods
8:30 am Cheyenne Cañon Cleanup
Sept 27 (Sun) 
8:30 am Garden of the Gods
Oct 3 (Sat) 
10 am Shooks Run Creek Cleanup
Oct 4 (Sun)
8:30 am Pineries Open Space
Kids pledge to clean up parks and trails.

See the cute video some of our young friends made, to encourage all of us to pick up in our parks, trails and open spaces! Make a video, and post it to our Facebook page!
Trails and Open Space Coalition
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