News June 29, 2016

Cheyenne Cañon re-opens!
Take the “Out the Door” Survey.
Musical Mondays in Monument Valley Park.
TOSC July Member Adventure–Paint Mines.
Volunteer projects, news and events.
NEWS JUNE 29, 2016

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N Cheyenne Cañon Park Re-Opens!

North Cheyenne Cañon Road and Park have opened to the public as of June 28! The roadway paving is completed and looks great.
There will be some minor construction activities along the shoulder happening in the next week that may cause very minor delays, otherwise the road and trails are all back open.
Thanks to the City of Colorado Springs and the Parks Department, and to everyone who voted “yes” on 2C!

Take a short survey about nature in our region.

A coalition of Pikes Peak service providers is conducting a survey to help us understand how to better connect youth and families to nature. This study will help with an application for a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado.
Please take the survey to give your feedback.  Survey link.

Musical Mondays in Monument Valley Park
Mondays, July 11, 18, and 25, 7-8 pm on the Lawn west of the Fine Arts Center.
Join Friends of Monument Valley park for FREE concerts on the lawn at Monument and Cache La Poudre Streets. Come early; bring a blanket, picnic and friends. Ice cream and other desserts available for purchase.

Upcoming Volunteer Projects
work crew

Have some time? Get out and help make a difference!
This Week:
Wed, June 29
Blodgett Peak Open Space
Thurs, June 30
Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Sign up now for July workdays.

Red Mountain Trail Re-route
Sun, July 10, 8-1
Sun, Aug 14, 8-1
ManitouCATS will be installing timber steps and creating water diversion structures to repair a deep gully in a shady forest area near the beginning of the Red Mountain Trail. This is basic mountain trail building in the shade of a pine forest.

Please register if you want to volunteer, so we know how many tools and crew leaders we need.

Workdays are open to people 15 years and up. Bring a friend, be safe, give back to the land and enjoy the day with good people
More information.

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.

Paint Mines TOSC Member Adventure July 30

Paint Mines TOSC Member Adventure 
Sat, July 30

Join us for a special TOSC Member Adventure with photographer and nature blogger Hiking Bob! We’ll hike the fabulous Paint Mines Interpretive Park, hidden in plain sight just east of the County Fair Grounds in Calhan.

We’ll be up early to take advantage of the best light and coolest hours of the day for our hike, and Bob will give us tips and tricks for great photographs with your phone, point and shoot, or SLR camera.
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.

Legacy Loop Public meeting July 30.

Legacy Loop public meetings:
Saturday, 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.

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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