News June 22, 2016

Legacy Loop Public Meeting Thurs, June 23.
June closures in Cheyenne Cañon.
Volunteer projects, news and events.
NEWS JUNE 22, 2016

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Legacy Loop Public meetings June 23 and July 30.

Legacy Loop public meetings:
Thursday, June 23, 5:30 pm
City Auditorium, 221 E Kiowa
Bike Parking inside courtesy of Bike Colorado Springs
Sunday, July 30, 10 am
Site of new Legacy Loop Trail Head: east of I-25/railroad tracks at the Fontanero Street terminus, between Recreation Way and the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail
The community is invited to provide input into the design of the new Legacy Loop Trail Head and plaza area, and  on access to Fountain Creek, wayfinding styles, the design of the new Gateway at Boulder Crescent and the Rock Island Trail (Cascade Avenue to Templeton Gap).
Opportunities for event staging facilities, themed gathering areas, art/sculpture, lighting, landscape/architecture, visual positioning/wayfinding and historical interpretation will all be explored during the workshop.

More information.

Cheyenne Cañon Closures, June 2016.

North Cheyenne Canyon Road will be closed for extended periods in June for milling and re-paving. The roadway and the main Canon will be closed during this time. This project is funded by the 2C road repair tax voted on last year, the so-called “pothole tax.”
Some trails will be closed during these periods. See our blog article for details.
Paving Operations:
June 20th from 6am until **June 27th at 8pm** This date has been extended–it was originally June 25, but was extended to allow aerial spraying (see next story) on June 25 and 26.
The closure dates are anticipated for 24 hours a day during each phase of the project. Road work will happen during the daytime only.  The closures dates are subject to change as the work is weather dependent.

More information.

Aerial Spraying in Progress for Parks

The Douglas-fir Tussock Moth (DFTM) and Western Spruce Budworm (WSBW) have defoliated thousands of trees in our parks and open spaces. These trees are brown and “look dead”, although many may not be. In order to protect our forests, the City of Colorado Springs’ Forestry Division is implementing an aerial treatment plan.

See the City’s web page with more information about the infestation and the treatment plan.

Block One – completed 6/21
Block Two (alternate block two) – Block 2 (including Jones Park) tentatively 6/23
Block Three (alternate block three) – Alt Block 3 tentatively 6/25
Block Four – tentatively 6/26
Block Five (alternate block five) – Alt Block 5 completed 6/22
Block Six – tentatively 6/24/16 (continue Seven Falls)
Block Seven – expected start afternoon of 6/22 (polygons 47, 48, 56 Seven Falls)

Upcoming Volunteer Projects

Barr Trail Work Days
Visit Friends of the Peak or our Volunteer website for more.
Green Mountain Falls Work Days
Visit Green Mountain Falls Trails or ourVolunteer website for more.
work crew

Have some time? Get out and help make a difference!
This Week:
Thurs, June 23
Homestead Ranch Regional Park
Sat, June 25
Red Rock Canyon Open Space (Toadflax removal)
Green Mountain Falls
Sun, June 26
Next week:
Tues, June 28
Cheyenne Mountain State Park

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.

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.

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.
 Juni Fisher in Concert: Thurs, July 7 Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame
Doors open 6 pm, concert 7 pm.
3-time Western Music Association Female Entertainer of the Year and 2011 WMA Entertainer of the Year Juni Fisher in a special benefit concert for the Friends of the Equestrian Skills Course. Food and drink available for purchase, silent auction with Western art & decor.  Link to tickets.

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.
Cheyenne Mountain Run 9 M & 5K
Sat, Oct 22, 10 am
Run on the challenging and beautiful Dixon Trail, still in progress to the top of Cheyenne Mountain, and closed to the public. The 2016 race distance will be at least 9 miles and will increase each year as the trail is completed.

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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