News June 1, 2016

Starlight Earlybird deadline June 5.
Whistle Pig Summer of Cider Kickoff June 12.
National Trails Day June 4th.
Volunteer projects, news and events.
NEWS JUNE 1, 2016

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Want this year’s Starlight tee shirt? Register by June 5!
Only Earlybird registrants are guaranteed a shirt.
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
EARLYBIRD DEADLINE IS JUNE 5. Only earlybird registrants are guaranteed a tee shirt with this year’s “spacey” art work!
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.

Registration help needed!
We are looking for some fun folks who can volunteer at registration for this year’s Starlight Spectacular June 18th. You’ll help people get through the walk-in registration process and get them tee shirts. Hours are 8:30-10:30, so the shortest gig at the Starlight 🙂
Email for more information.

Upcoming Volunteer Projects
work crew

Have some time?
Get out and help make a difference!
Sat, June 4–NATIONAL TRAILS DAY! See below for details of the many projects that day.
Sun, June 5 
Dixon Trail
Garden of the Gods
Wed, June 8
Cheyenne Mtn State Park
Sat, June 11
Dixon Trail
Palmer Park Edna Mae Trail
Sun, June 12
Bear Creek Nature Center
Palmer Park Edna Mae Trail

See our calendar for details and signups.

National Trails Day June 4th! Volunteer or get outdoors!
View from Dixon Trail.
Volunteer Projects for Trails Day
Green Mountain Falls
New trail construction project from 9-2 onJune 4th. Volunteers (16 and over) will get lunch. The trail will connect Belvidere Canyon Trail to Catamount Trail and by the end of this summer, provide a nice loop for hikers. To reserve a space, call Dick Bratton at 684-9811 or email Dick
Dixon Trail.
The Dixon Trail will one day summit Cheyenne Mountain and connect to the Top of the Mountain Trail. Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado is leading the project and giving hearty volunteers a chance to camp out and work on the Dixon Trail both June 4th and June 5th. Camping and meals are free. More info and signups at this link.
Ute Valley Park
Colorado Springs Parks is partnering with Friends of Ute Valley Park and will celebrate National Trails Day with a morning of trail restoration and rerouting in Ute Valley Park. Meet at Eagleview Middle School at 8 a.m. Volunteers must be 16 years or older. Project concludes atnoon. Register at
Palmer Park
RMFI will be teaming up with the City of Colorado Springs and the Guardians of Palmer Park to improve trails in the centrally-located city park that is a popular destination for mountain bikers, hikers, runners, and equestrians. Led by trained RMFI staff and crew leaders, volunteers will complete trail maintenance and restoration projects. This is moderate to strenuous work and requires some heavy lifting. More info and signups at this link.

Outdoor fun for National Trails Day.

Wildflower Walk in Monument Valley Park

Sat, June 4, 10 am sharp, FREE
Meet at the West Fontanero St parking lot of the park. Wlak will take 1.5 to 2 hours. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, sunscreen and a camera. NO PETS, please. Canceled if raining.
Call 471-8422 for more info.

Whistle Pig “Summer of Cider” Launch Sun, June 12

“Summer of Ciders” Launch Party
Sunday, June 12, 2-5 pm
Whistle Pig Brewing, 1840 Dominion Way
Join us at Whistle Pig Brewing as we celebrate the launch of their “Summer of Ciders”! Enjoy refreshing malt cider and a special Sunday buffet ($12.95) with the music of Grant Sabin all afternoon.
Whistle Pig donates a portion of the profits from their cider sales to the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
Whistle Pig’s website

Ring the Peak TOSC Member Adventure June 25
South Slope hike

Ring the Peak TOSC Member AdventureSat, June 25

Join us for a hike on one of the completed segments of the famous Ring the Peak Trail! See why the Governor chose this trail as one of the 16 priority trails in the State of Colorado for 2016!

You must be a current paid member of TOSC to go on this hike. Contact us if you have questions about your membership status.

More info and sign ups.

2016 Bike Summit Friday, June 3rd 11 am – 5 pm
The first ever Colorado Springs Bike Summit is SOLD OUT!
Friday, June 3, UCCS
We’re very excited about the Bike Summit, coming up this Friday!
Thanks to founding sponsors the Colorado Springs Independent, Bike Colorado Springs, SRAM, the YMCA, the City of Colorado Springs, UCCS and the UCCS Sustainability Department and the Trials and Open Space Coalition.

Friends and Partner News.

Willow Harvesting–Art meets fire mitigation! June 6-7-8
Volunteers are needed in Green Mountain Falls to harvest willow branches along Fountain Creek that will be used in a community art exhibit by artist Patrick Dougherty and left up for 2 years for the public to enjoy. In addition, this is a great fire mitigation project near the headwaters of Fountain Creek! More info.
Falcon Regional Park
Grand Opening Sat, June 11
10990 Eastonville Rd, Peyton
Event starts at 12:30 with a ceremony, followed by the first pitch of a Little League game!
Falcon Regional Park is a County project that has been made possible by the funds from the 1A ballot initiative in 2014.

Blue Moon Trail Run Series
June 24, July 29, August 26
All races start and end in Pinon Valley Park and go through Ute Valley Open Space
Choose long or short series.
More info and registration.
Parks Advisory Board Opening
Apply by June 10
The City of Colorado Springs is seekingvolunteers (one seated position and two alternates) to serve on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.Meetings are 2ndThursday of every month, 7:30 a.m.
Please submit your application by Friday, June 10, 2016.
The application web form can be found at this link.

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb/USA Cycling Hill Climb National Championship features USA Cycling sanctioned road races and timed non-competitive fun rides that give cyclists of all abilities a truly unique experience on Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain.
This race, held on Saturday, August 13, attracts the top cyclists and recreational cyclists from across the nation and around the world who dare to challenge Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain!
Visit PIKESPEAKCYCLINGHILLCLIMB.ORG for race information and to register today!

“Table to Trails” with Salsa Brava, Over Easy, Sonterra Grill

Now through May 2017, join Salsa Brava, Over Easy and Sonterra Grill in the Table to Trails fundraiser, and $1 from every lunch special sold will go to support the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
These restaurants are locally owned, and use local ingredients when possible. Now they’re taking their local commitment one step further to support our local trails and open spaces.
Enjoy time out with lunch at Salsa Brava, and support TOSC!

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.
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