News Feb 17, 2016

Starlight Spectacular registration is open! June 18, 2016.
Art Opening Benefit Sun, March 6.
Land Exchange Public Meeting Feb 24, 6 pm.
Santa Fe Trail to re-open in AFA spring/summer 2016.
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NEWS FEBRUARY 17, 2016

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Starlight Spectacular June 18–registration is open!
Register now for the summer’s best family biking event, the Starlight Spectacular!
Saturday, June 18th, 9 pm
Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center

Registration is OPEN for the Starlight Spectacular, our night time bike ride beginning and ending in the Garden of the Gods.

This year’s theme is SPACE, so start planning your costumes now. Special discounts at Zeezo’s if you mention the Starlight! Prizes for best group costume and best illuminated bike!

Choose your route, from 14 to 22 miles, starting and ending at Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, through the City of Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City and the Garden of the Gods. We ride on streets, with lots of lighted directional signs and volunteers pointing the way. Two rest stops with music and refreshments enliven the route.

More information on our website.

Bloom, Mandalart Series Two
Watercolors by Beth Chorpenning
Show Opening: Sunday, March 6, 3-5 pm
Rico’s Cafe & Wine Bar, 322 N Tejon St
Please join us for a very special event featuring Beth Chorpenning. From the artist, “The title (“Bloom”) is meant to describe this moment and every moment as a fresh, never before seen, unfolding occurrence.” Come enjoy the moment, meet the artist, and relish these beautiful watercolors.
Poor Richard’s and the artist are partnering to donate all profits from sales to the Trails and Open Space Coalition.

Update: Broadmoor Land Exchange.

The Trails and Open Space Coalition is talking to policy makers and parks officials to advocate for a more inclusive public process for the Land Exchange Proposal, listening to and talking with all citizens, adding more public meetings to the schedule, and being more deliberate in the decision making process. We want everyone to be heard, and to be able to consider the facts of the proposal fully. TOSC has not taken a position on the Broadmoor Land Exchange. The process is still unfolding, and we continue to get more information with time.
This is too important to rush through. We want to get it right.

Read more on our blog.

Public Meetings on the Land Exchange Proposal
Community Meeting
Wed, Feb 24th, 6 to 8 pm
Gold Camp Elementary School, at 1805 Preserve Dr.
 
Town Hall with Keith King, Councilman, District 3
Monday, March 14th, 6-8 pm
Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave

UPDATE:  Santa Fe Trail

Announced at El Paso County Parks Board: the Air Force Academy has agreed to open the closed section of the Santa Fe Trail in late spring or early summer.

El Paso County confirms, there are roughly two dozen trail locations on Air Force Academy property that were damaged in the 2015 floods. No repairs have been done because of the FEMA process required to get federal aid. The County has done some minor trail smoothing.
The plan is to open the trail as soon as AFA allows and immediately begin repairs. There is a low water crossing that will initially remain closed because repairs require heavy equipment and environmental permits.
Trails and Open Space Coalition

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