News June 8, 2016

New Santa Fe Trail reopens through the AFA.
T minus 10 and counting–the Starlight is coming!
Whistle Pig Summer of Cider Kickoff June 12.
Volunteer projects, news and events.
NEWS JUNE 8, 2016

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GOOD TRAIL NEWS! New Santa Fe Trail re-opens through AFA.

It’s Official–El Paso County Parks officials announced June 7th the re-opening of the New Santa Fe Trail!
Bikers, hikers and runners are rejoicing as a main connector trail through the Air Force Academy was reopened on Tuesday.
The Trail was closed for nearly 14 months after flooding and security concerns caused the Air Force Academy leadership to restrict the trail to those with military identification. El Paso County Parks has been negotiating the re-opening, working on mitigation projects and security “watch groups” to help allay concerns about safety and security.

Final Countdown to liftoff–10 days until the Starlight!
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
Online sales end June 16th at 11:55 pm. Ticket prices go up for at-the-door sales.
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.

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. FREE entry–no cover.
Whistle Pig donates a portion of the profits from their cider sales to the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
Whistle Pig’s website

Upcoming Volunteer Projects
work crew

Have some time? Get out and help make a difference!
This Weekend:
Sat, June 11
8 am Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Sun, June 12
Next Week:
Wed, June 15
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Ute Valley Park
Sat, June 18
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Cheyenne Cañon
Palmer ParkEdna Mae Trail
Sun, June 19
Garden of the Gods

See our calendar for details and signups.

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, Solid Success!
A sold out crowd gathered at UCCS Friday, June 3rd to learn more about cycling–commuting, economic benefits, advocacy, recreational cycling, and more.
We’re building a base of educated, activated advocates, who can help turn Colorado Springs into the city it was meant to be–beautiful, accessible, walking- and biking-friendly, and prosperous!
Thanks to founding sponsors the Colorado Springs Independent, the Trails and Open Space Coalition, Bike Colorado Springs, SRAM, the YMCA, the City of Colorado Springs, UCCS and the UCCS Sustainability Department.

Sign up now for the ADT Races–Relay, Marathon, and Half!

The 2016 American Discovery Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay and new 10K are coming up Labor Day: Monday, September 5! Have you signed up yet?
Did you know that by racing, you help protect the trails we all use and love? The ADT races support the Trails and Open Space Coalition and Pikes Peak Road Runners. All proceeds directly benefit local trails and local non-profits dedicated to trail stewardship and community running events in Colorado Springs.
With new courses for 2016, the scenic route along paved and dirt trails is about as fast and flat as you can find, with the outstanding volunteers and course support you’ve come to expect from Pikes Peak Road Runners. Register online and early for the best deal.

Friends and Partner News.

City of Colorado Springs
Parks Advisory Board Opening
Apply by June 10
The City of Colorado Springs is seeking volunteers (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.

Application web form at this link.

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.
City Hosts Envision Shooks Run #4
Tuesday, June 14
5:30 – 7:30 pm: (Doors open at 5 p.m.)
5:30 – 6:30 pm: Project Update
6:30 – 7:30 pm:  Topic Station Discussions
First Presbyterian Church
219 E. Bijou St, corner of Weber
Enter on the Weber St. side of the building. Free parking is to the east of the building, southeast corner of Bijou and Weber

Sunday, July 17th, 7 am
Manitou Springs
The Barr Trail Mountain Race is one of the Front Range’s historic summer mountain running events. The 12.6-mile course begins at the Cog Railway Station (6,570 ft) in Manitou Springs, Colorado, ascends Pikes Peak’s iconic Barr Trail to Barr Camp (10,200 ft) before turning, descending and finishing at the Barr Trailhead. Join us July 17th, 2016 for the 16th annual BTMR on “America’s Mountain”!More info.
 Native American Intertribal PowwowSaturday, July 16, 2016
Mortgage Solutions Ctr, 3650 N. Nevada
Doors open 9:30 am
This event is a celebration of Native history and culture and features Native drums and dancers, Native art and artisans, live wolf and birds of prey exhibits, children’s activities, Native vendors and food, and much more. More info.

Support your local trails advocate!
Hiking Bob’s Tips, Tricks and Trails.

Suitable for the experienced or beginning hiker, whether new to the Pikes Peak Region of Colorado or a long-time resident, this book is a valuable resource.

Written by veteran hiker, outdoorsman, award-winning photographer, outdoors and open space advocate, newspaper blogger and freelance writer, “Hiking Bob” Falcone, this book provides information on preparing, planning and hitting the trails.

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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