News March 31, 2016

NEWS MARCH 30, 2016

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La’au’s “Roundup for Trails” starts April 1.

Round up your check at La’au’s for TOSC!

April 1 through June 30, enjoy the unique combinations of fresh fish, meat and veggies on Hawaiian style tacos and bowls at La’au’s, and round up your check for Trails and Open Spaces. The Blue Star Group will match your donation, for double the impact for our trails and open spaces.

Hidden behind the Spencer Center at 830 North Tejon St, La’au’s offers lots of choices–tilapia, mahi mahi, pork, beef–and your choice of fresh veggies and tropical fruits for a crunchy, spicy, taste-awakening meal.

La’au’s website.

Enjoy two-hour free parking in front of the Spencer building, and head over for happy hour, with 2 for $5 beer and margaritas. Relax on the new, large patio and enjoy the sunshine!
Or go for lunch or dinner–open 11-9, seven days a week.
Please “Round up” for TOSC! The Blue Star Group will match your donation, for double the impact of your round up amount.

La’au’s on Facebook.

Rider and the Wolf Benefit Fri, April 1.

Movie Benefit for Bike Clinic Too
Friday, April 1Two showings: 6:30 & 8:30 pm
Ivywild School Gym
Get your tickets now for one of two showings of Rider and the Wolf! The film tells the story of Mike Rust, the Hall of Fame mountain biker who disappeared without a trace. Ticket sales benefit Bike Clinic Too, a non-profit that donates bicycles to those in need, who need reliable transportation to find jobs and keep appointments. The clinic gratefully accepts donations of bikes, locks, bike parts and cash.

Tickets $10 at this link.

TOSC Board requires Conservation Easement for Strawberry Hill
Public Meeting
Wed, March 30, 6-8 pm
Gold Camp Elementary School, 1805 Preserve Drive
Mt. Muscoco trail

The TOSC Board has laid out conditions for the Broadmoor Land Exchange, including
  • A conservation easement and deed restrictions on Strawberry Hill. 
  • The Conservation Easement must guarantee that Strawberry Hill is protected in perpetuity. 
  • TOSC will ONLY support the proposed exchange if it meets our conditions, which we have published and presented to the City and the Broadmoor. Read them here.
Once the appraisals have been completed and the Broadmoor’s plan is made public, TOSC will evaluate the entire proposal.
We will get more details on the plan at the public meeting March 30–see below.

Donate now to the TOSC Annual Fund Drive–your support makes a difference!
Help us care for our trails, open spaces and parks! Donate here.

Love the trails? Want to see more connections, more bike routes, more care for our parks? Support parks, trails and open spaces!
Enjoy special members-only invitations, hikes, rides and parties!
Give to the Trails and Open Space Coalition’s Annual fund campaign. Your membership supports our important work of preservation and conservation.

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!

More info here.

City Trails and Parks updates

Road closures in Cheyenne Cañon begin March 28.
Road closures in Cheyenne Cañon will be staged in three phases to accommodate public traffic as much as possible while culverts are being replaced in advance of paving work.
Phase A, beginning March 28, will close the parking lot above Helen Hunt Falls and Gold Camp Road from the parking lot east to the beginning of the asphalt section.
Phase B will close the Canyon Road from the Starsmore Center to the Mt. Cutler Trailhead. Access will be through an alternate route via Gold Camp Road.
Phase C will close the road uphill of the Mt. Cutler trailhead to the upper parking lot above Helen Hunt Falls.
Paving the Canyon Road, a project funded by the 2C initiative approved by Colorado Springs voters last year, will begin in May,
More information on our blog. Check for updates here or on our Facebook page.
The New Cottonwood Creek Trail.

Cottonwood Trail March 2016

A major construction project is finishing up at Cottonwood Creek Trail near Vincent and Zios. Look for information about a ribbon cutting soon!

Pikes Peak Greenway (south, near Janitell) Fall 2016
Since the flood took away large piece of land, a portion of the Fountain Creek bank is now on private land. City Parks is working through the city’s legal office to get an easement before they can reconstruct the trail.
Construction is expected to begin this summer with the project completed by fall.
Construction on South Sand Creek Trail to connect with Greenway May 2016
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!

Future of our Waterways Wed, April 13, 4 pm
Wed, April 13, 4 pm
Penrose House
1661 Mesa Ave.
FREE event with RSVP
Come and learn about the progress of the Legacy Loop and future projects around Colorado Springs that will connect people to our waterways. Speakers include Mayor John Suthers, Michelle Larkins, and Andrea Barker. Space is limited, so please RSVP.
RSVP Here.

Sustainnovate Summit April 13, 7:30-4

Sustainnovate at UCCS
Wednesday, April 13
7:30 am – 4 pm.
Join us for this year’s Sustainnovate, an all-day summit with speakers, poster presentations, workshops, an indoor and outdoor expo and networking opportunities.
The event is free and includes breakfast and lunch. You must register to attend.
Engage in topics including urban infill, pedestrian oriented communities, bike friendly design, innovations such as driverless cars, and what they mean for the future of transportation.

Register here.

Could a single tree change your life? April 15, 5 pm.

Same Tree Different Day
Friday, April 15, 5-8 pm
Library 21C, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive
Free event.
Local photographer Mick Pach photographed a tree near his home every day for a year. Through a multimedia presentation, learn how this exercise in creativity became a metaphor for life. Be inspired to increase your awareness, develop good habits and reach your goals, no matter how big or small. Refreshments served at 5; presentation at 6.

Friends and Partners–NEWS!

Earth Day at Garden of the Gods
Visitor and Nature Center
Saturday, April 16
9 am – 3 pm
This fun, free, family event has everything from llamas and birds of prey to magic shows and Native American dancers. Help with a cleanup and get free lunch!
Park at Rock Ledge Ranch and take the free shuttle to the Visitor Center for the day’s festivities. The shuttle will run every fifteen minutes.
Registration for cleanup volunteers begins at 8:30 am at the Visitor Center.
Click here for a schedule of the day’s events.

Bear Creek Dog Park Cleanup
Sat, April 2, 9-12
Help clean up the dog park and have fun with fellow dog lovers! Plastic gloves, bags and buckets will be provided. For more information, contact
Dana Nordstrom at 520-6983
Join the Great American Cleanup!
Sat, April 23, 9 am
Twenty-one cleanup sites, all ages welcome–under 16 with supervising adult. Event organizers are encouraging individuals, civic organizations, churches, scout groups, and businesses to volunteer together. Trash bags provided; wear gloves and bring water.

Become a trail crew leader!

There are only 13 spots left in this years’ Crew Leader Training, April 2224th.

Trained crew leaders allow our Friends Groups to offer high quality trail maintenance projects more often!
If you use our trails and like to volunteer,
Take 5 minutes to help plan 5 years-
Take El Paso County’s Citizen Engagement Survey!

El Paso County is in the process of updating their Strategic Plan for 2017 – 2021. Please help by taking a 5-minute survey and let the County know what you think is important.

“Pikes Peak Region 
Trails and Open Space:
Rich History, Abundant Assets, Promising Future”
Friday, May 13, 2016
3:00pm – 5:30pm (reception to follow)
Penrose House, 1661 Mesa Ave
The first installment of a series about the Pikes Peak Region.
Speakers: Gov. Hickenlooper and Lise Aangenbrug, (Exec Dir of GOCO).
Cheyenne Mtn State Park
Literary Walk in the Woods
Sat, May 21, 
1-3 pm
Reservations required, 576-2016.
May 21: The Southwest Desert: Ed Abbey, (1927-1989) Activist, anarchist, outspoken and hilarious. Bio of the author, one-mile hike, readings from his works.
Presented by Lucy Bell and Ralph Cadwallader.
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