TOSC Board weighs in on Broadmoor Land Exchange
Starlight Spectacular registration is open! June 18, 2016.
Trail construction updates.
Fossil Craft Beer “Dino Donor” event March 24
News and events.
NEWS MARCH 9, 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
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.

City Trails and Parks updates

Cottonwood Creek Trail
A major construction project is finishing up at Cottonwood Creek Trail near Vincent and Zios. Parks tells us that the project is wrapping up, and all but a short section of concrete trail, hand rails, and vegetation work remains. Look for information about a ribbon cutting soon!
Construction on South Sand Creek Trail to connect with Greenway
Work has begun on the long-awaited south connection of the Sand Creek Trail and the Greenway. When the trail is complete, possibly by end of May, it will allow trail users to travel from Hancock Expressway to E. Las Vegas St. along Sand Creek and connect to the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail near the Juvenile Justice Center. Watch for updates on this exciting development!
Colorado Springs hiring for outdoor positions
Seasonal and hourly positions are available in Colorado Springs:
Park Ranger–closes March 21
Conservation Technician (closes March 21)
Pikes Peak Seasonal (closes March 13)

TOSC takes stand on Broadmoor Land Exchange
Mt. Muscoco trail

The Board of TOSC has voted to support the Broadmoor Land Exchange if certain specific conditions are met.
The end result, if the process is carried out in the way we suggest, would be more conservation of open space, more protected acres, more trail connections and more public process.
  • More conservation–a conservation easement on Strawberry Hills would protect the land in perpetuity.
  • More protected acres–the City of Colorado Springs would gain 371 acres of parkland, and some 180 acres, tranferred to the Broadmoor, would be protected by deed restrictions and conservation easement, forever.
  • Trail connections–the City would gain 115 acres of new public trail easements, and realize a big goal of extending the Chamberlain Trail south.
  • Public process–several more public meetings would be held, to give everyone a chance to be heard.

Read the details on our website.

How the Proposal will go through the process:
March 10, Presentation at City Parks Advisory Board. No vote taken.
April 11th, Presented to City Council in Work Session.
April 14th, Parks Advisory Board vote.
City Council vote either late April or early May.

Upcoming Broadmoor Land Exchange meetings
Town Hall with Keith King, Councilman, District 3
Monday, March 14th, 6-8 pm
Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave
Public Meeting
Wed, March 30, 6-8 pm
Gold Camp Elementary School, 1805 Preserve Drive

Dino Donor Benefit Event at Fossil Craft Beer, March 24

Thursday, March 24, 5-8 pm
Fossil Craft Beer Company, 2845 Ore Mill Rd

Enjoy great craft beer in a fun location, with prizes, drawings, food and fun! Fossil Craft Beer Company is starting their “Dino Donor” events with a benefit evening for TOSC.  Try an Evolution Ale or a Mammoth IPA, check out the dinosaur decorations and lore.

Food truck High Grade Foods will be back that night for your dining pleasure with their terrific Jamaican food.
Come celebrate with us!Find out more at the Facebook event.

Friends and Partners–NEWS!

Mountain Equipment Recyclers
5th Anniversary Party and winter sale
Sat, March 12th, 10-6
– Discounts up to 50% off winter gear including skis, apparel and more.
– Discounts on spring/summer gear including backpacks, tents, cycling, etc.
– FREE LUNCH for first 100 guests starting at 11:00. We’re grilling burgers!
– Live music from local artists Ben Knighten Music, Monte Black and Steve Weeks.
– Prizes and giveaways.
– Free chair massages.
The Primary Source film and discussionThurs, March 10, 7 pm. T

The film is about a group of boaters exploring the Rio Maranon, the primary source of water to the Amazon River, to raise awareness about the future of dams along the river and their potential threat to wildlife and local villagers. A guest speaker will talk about the benefit of outdoor adventure to encourage personal development and promote positive change.
The event is free and open to the public

Plots available–Charmaine Nymann Community Garden, Bear Creek Park.
Garden Plots Are Available.
Need Room to Grow? Plots are available at the Charmaine Nymann Community Garden in Bear Creek Park.
The two-acre organic vegetable garden has been run by the Bear Creek Garden Association for thirty years.  Plots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  Call 473-5827 or 634-4433 for more information.
Garden website:
Bark Rangers Training April 9
Learn how to be a volunteer Bark Ranger, and educate the public about environmental stewardship! Free training Sat, April 9.
Trails and Open Space Coalition
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