News April 20, 2016

First Ever Bike Summit for Colorado Springs June 3
La’au’s Taco Shop rounds up for Trails and Open Space
TOSC Happy Hour at Red Leg Brewing April 21
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2016 Bike Summit Friday, June 3rd 11 am – 7 pm
Registration now open!
Join us for the first ever Colorado Springs Bike Summit!
Friday, June 3 11 am – 7 pm 
UCCS Berger Hall
Find out more about where to cycle, how to stay safe, why bicycle infrastructure matters for cities, and what organizations and the City are doing to help create a network of trails and bikeways. Speakers include Randy Neufeld of the SRAM Cycling Fund and our new Senior Bike Planner Kate Brady.
Registration is required for this free event. Includes lunch and after-Summit Happy Hour and networking.
Partners include UCCS and the UCCS Sustainability Department, the Colorado Springs Independent, SRAM, Bike Colorado Springs and the Trails and Open Space Coalition.

TOSC Happy Hour at Red Leg April 21
Thurs, April 21, 6-8 pm
Red Leg Brewing Company
4630 Forge Rd
Join us for another fun night out, this time at Red Leg Brewing Company. $1 from every full pint sold will be donated to TOSC. We’ll have drawings and prizes just for fun, and Rocky Mountain BBQ will be there with their Texas-style barbecue, so come on out and make it an evening!

La’au’s “Roundup for Change” now through June 30.

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.

Upcoming events at La’au’s: Hawaiian Fiesta Week, May 1-5!
May 1 is Lei Day, and $1 off Signature Mahi tacos.
May 2 is Margarita Monday, with 2 for $5 margaritas all day!
Head over to 830 N Tejon St #110 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.

Volunteer Days on the calendar.
work crew
We’ve had a lot of cancellations with the weather this week. Here are some volunteer projects for the weekend that are still on, as far as we know. Be sure to sign up ahead of time in order to get updates or cancellations.
Sat, April 23
8:30 am Silver Cascade Trail, Cheyenne Cañon
9 am Great American Cleanup–21 sites, all ages welcome

Friends and Partners News

Learn about and provide input on the Legacy Loop!
Thursday, April 21
5:30 pm at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. 
At the workshop, the history of the trail will be presented, how the work of other initiatives support this project, and the project goals. In addition, there will be hands-on-activities for the public to provide input to the planning team on their perception of the Legacy Loop corridor.
To learn more about the Legacy Loop Project visit:

Triple S Brewing Launches ThirstyThursday Bike Cruise
Triple S Brewing is starting a weekly bike cruise on Thursdays on the Legacy Loop, beginning April 28, starting from the brewery at 318 E Colorado Ave.
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.

Crew Leader Training Class Full

All spots are taken in this years’ Crew Leader Training, April 22-24th.

Trained crew leaders allow our Friends Groups to offer high quality trail
 maintenance projects more often!
To see what volunteer projects are coming up, check out our volunteer calendar.
Bristol Brewing Karma Hour
for Friends of Red Rock Canyon
Tuesday, April 26
5-9 pm

Come on out next Tuesday, April 26, to support the Friends of Red Rock Canyon Open Space, and hear about the upcoming repair and trails projects! $1 for every beer sold will benefit the Friends Group.

Greenie Awards and Fashion Show 
Sat, April 30, 7 pm
City Auditorium

The annual Veda Salon & Spa Greenie Awards recognize Colorado Springs’ greenest businesses, organizations, schools, communities and individuals. Proceeds benefit our partners at RMFI.

Many of our friends and Partners are in the running, including Friends of Red Rock Canyon Open Space!

“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.

Closures, construction and trail openings.
The New Cottonwood Creek Trail.
Pikes Peak Greenway Closure
The paved section of the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail (east of Fountain Creek) south of America the Beautiful Park closed the morning of Monday, April 4 for approximately one month as crews demo and reconstruct the Cimarron-over-Fountain-Creek bridge for the I-25/ Cimarron Interchange Design Build Project. The gravel section of the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail is open.
Cheyenne Cañon closures.
Cañon Road is currently closed from the Starsmore Center to the Mt. Cutler trailhead for culvert replacements prior to paving the entire road. Construction is in Phase B at present. See the City’s website for descriptions of the work done, closure schedules and detour routes.
Cottonwood Trail section completed

A major construction project is finishing up at Cottonwood Creek Trail near Vincent and Zios, and is now open between the Pikes Peak Greenway near Criterium Bikes and Vincent Drive. Check it out!

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!

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.

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