News July 20, 2016

Thurs, July 21, Benefit Happy Hour with Triple S Brewing!
Leash law enforcement in parks.
Monument Creek Open Houses this week.
Garden of the Gods Closures.
TOSC July Member Adventure–Paint Mines.
Volunteer projects, news and events.
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SPECIAL EVENT–“Trail Ale” tapping and Legacy Loop ride, Thurs, July 21 at Triple S Brewing

Join us for a special Legacy Loop cruise and happy hour at Triple S Brewing!
Thursday, July 21, 5 to 10 pm
318 E Colorado Avenue
$1 from every glass purchased will go to the Trails and Open Space Coalition. Look for a special new beer to benefit Trails and Open Spaces, in a small batch brew with limited availability. We’ll do some drawings for schwag, including trail maps and beer.
You can come for the group ride, for the delicious beer, for the great food, or all of the above! Just come on out and have some fun with TOSC. Bike Colorado Springs will be there, supporting the ride (and there are rumors that there will be popsicles!)
Triple S hosts a Legacy Loop cruiser ride every Thursday evening, leaving at 6 pm from their location at 318 E Colorado Avenue, between Weber and Wahsatch. See the route at this link.
Here’s the Facebook event: 

Leash Law enforcement in Parks

We told you a couple of weeks ago in this space that Animal Control Officers were starting to patrol and to ticket. It’s on!

Be sure your dogs are leashed in the Parks. Officers have been giving tickets to people with unleashed dogs, with a fine of $50 per violation. That means if you have three dogs off leash in a park are not designated for off-leash dogs, you could get a ticket with a hefty $150 fine (more if your dogs are also unlicensed and don’t have rabies tags).

Please keep your dogs on leash–it’s the law! Or take them to designated off-leash areas. For a list and locations for off-leash parks and areas, see our dog park brochure.

Monument Creek Watershed Open Houses July 20 & 21.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Discovery Canyon Campus, Middle School Library
1810 North Gate Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Thursday, July 21, 2016
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Rockrimmon Library, Meeting Room
832 Village Center Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

The Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District has received funding from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to investigate restoration planning options for the Monument Creek Watershed.  Several of the creeks within the watershed suffered from extensive flooding during the summer and fall of 2013. El Paso County, the City of Colorado Springs, the United States Air Force Academy and other regional municipalities and agencies are coordinating their restoration planning and projects to restore the Monument Creek Watershed.

Both meetings are ADA accessible, and will address the alternatives being considered for restoring the watershed.

Get deals on gear and more at MER July 23.

Join our friends at Mountain Equipment RecyclersSaturday, July 23rd, 10 am – 6 pm for the annual Summer Sidewalk Sale!
– Up to 50% off seasonal gear including camping, backpacking, cycling, water sports, fly fishing, apparel and more.
– FREE grilled burgers for first 100 guests starting at11:30.
-Live music, prizes and giveaways!
Team MER will be available all day to discuss their new team concept, using outdoor adventure to overcome adversity. More about Team MER.
Shift Thrift Store (located inside MER) will have 25% off all inventory!
Episcopal Thrift (located across the street) will have discounts on seasonal inventory.

2D Trail Work Updates!

Remember the 2D ballot initiative? 71% of voters agreed that a $2.1M TABOR surplus should go to repair 8 important trails in Colorado Springs.

Improvements are underway! Two trail projects (Greenway from Goose Gossage to Beacon, and Skyline Trail) are complete with the remaining trails scheduled for work later this summer.
More details here.

Garden of the Gods Park Closures.

Roadway paving and milling operations began in the Garden of the Gods Park the evening of Wednesday, July 6.
This project is made possible by the citizens of Colorado Springs and the 2C initiative.
The park will close early nightly for three weeks, weather dependent. During the daytime, the roadways and parking lots will all be open and accessible as usual.
Nightly Roadway Closures:
SundayThursday, nightly from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
FridaySaturday, nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

More information.

Upcoming Volunteer Projects
work crew

Have some time? Get out and help make a difference!
This Week:
Wed, July 20
Ute Valley Park
Thurs, July 21
St Mary’s Falls Trail
Friday, July 22
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Saturday, July 23
Crags Trail
Cheyenne Cañon
Sunday, July 24
Crags Trail
South Slope Recreation Area
Volunteer Vacation is an opportunity to spend a week camped atop Colorado Springs’ Cheyenne Mountain, an area still closed to public use.
Last year, RMFI and volunteers completed the construction of the highly anticipated Top of the Mountain (TOM) trail. This year Volunteer Vacationers will begin constructing the Dixon Trail from the top of the mountain down (to eventually meet up with the efforts of other trail crews building from the State Park up) so that access to the TOM can be reached from the State Park’s existing trail system. Click here for more info.

Barr Trail Work Days
Visit Friends of the Peak or our Volunteer website for more.
Red Mountain Trail Re-route
Visit ManitouCATS or our Volunteer 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.

Monday, July 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.
Help crowdsource bike parking!

Use the “New Issue” feature of the GoCoSprings app (Android and IOS) and select “Bike Parking” to report bicycle parking locations. The map will be shared

Blue Moon Trail Run Series
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.

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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