News April 27, 2016

Governor to speak at Heritage Series May 13
TOSC Happy Hour at Great Storm Brewing May 9
Open House on “Safety sizing” downtown streets May 3
Cottonwood Creek Trail Open House May 5
First Ever Bike Summit for Colorado Springs June 3
La’au’s Taco Shop rounds up for Trails and Open Space
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NEWS APRIL 27, 2016

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Governor featured at Recreation and Tourism Series May 13
On May 13th Governor John Hickenlooper and Lise Aangeenbrug, Executive Director of GOCO, share exciting initiatives that could put Colorado on top as the country’s premier trail destination. This is the first in a series about the Pikes Peak region’s recreation and tourism.
The event is free, but you must RSVP.
May 13, 3-5:30 pm
Penrose House, 1661 Mesa Ave.
Reception to follow.

RSVP at this link.

Great Storm Brewing Give Something Back Event, May 9

Join us Monday, May 9th for Great Storm Brewing’s Give Something Back event. $1 from each pint sold will be donated to Trails and Open Spaces. Prizes, drawings, food and fun!
Monday, May 9
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Great Storm Brewing, 204 Mt View Ln #3

Link to the Facebook event.

Open House on “Safety-sizing” of downtown streets May 3
“Safety-sizing” example–not actual plans for downtown.

Colorado Springs residents are encouraged to provide input on a plan to “safety size” travel lanes on five streets near the Colorado College campus.The project will address safety concerns for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists on Cascade, Nevada and Wahsatch avenues and Fontanero and Weber streets, and has been endorsed by the Old North End Neighborhood Association.
Tuesday, May 3 
City Auditorium, 221 E Kiowa St.
The open house will include displays and exhibits in a semi-informal setting that encourages the one-on-one exchange of ideas and concerns. Engineers from the City of Colorado Springs will be on hand to answer questions and gather public input.
Link to Facebook event.

Cottonwood Creek Trail Open House May 5

Trail users and bikers: Please come out to provide input on a plan to fix the Cottonwood Creek crossing at Academy Boulevard to complete the connection between Academy Blvd. and Vincent Drive. “…the next phase of rehabilitating the trail crossing at Academy Boulevard will complete a vital east/west trail corridor extending from the Pikes Peak Greenway east to Powers Boulevard.”
The open house will include displays and exhibits showing the potential concepts and constraints in a semi-informal setting that facilitates the one-on-one exchange of ideas and concerns with engineers from the project team and the City of Colorado Springs.
Thursday, May 5, 6-8 p.m. 
Fire Station 14, 1875 Dublin Blvd 
More information here.

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. Registration is required for this free event. Includes lunch and after-Summit Happy Hour and networking.

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.

Broadmoor Land Exchange Update.
City  Council has delayed a vote on the proposed land exchange between the Broadmoor and Colorado Springs. The new date is May 24th. Council will review the land appraisals during theirMay 9 work session, then hold a town hall at 6 o’clock that night and make the appraisals public. We will publicize the time and place of the town hall meeting when we have those details.

Friends and Partner News.

Triple S Brewing Launches ThirstyThursday Bike Cruise 4/28
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.
El Paso County Parks
Fountain Creek Reg. Park
Master Plan Meeting
Thurs, April 28, 6 pm
320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain
Hear more about the proposed Master Plan and voice your opinions about the future of Fountain Creek Regional Park, including recommended park and trail improvements, potential upgrades and maintenance.

Mountain Equipment Recyclers
Sale and Benefit May 13
TOSC is MER’s Non-Profit Partner of the Month in May. Join us Friday, May 13th for free burgers (first 50 guests) starting at11:30. MER will be accepting gear donations on their behalf and they’ll receive a percentage of our daily sales total!
Whistle Pig Brewing
partners with TOSC
Our friends at Whistle Pig, 1840 Dominion Way, have pledged to donate a portion of the profits from their delicious cider to TOSC! They are also helping with bike advocacy efforts to connect the east side to the Greenway via trails. Stop by and see them, have dinner and a cider!

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.

Closures, construction and trail openings.
Damage on the south Greenway.
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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