News Sept 21, 2016

The Goats are coming back to Bear Creek.
Seven Bridges Trail closed.
Members-only fall color hike Sept 24.
Creek Week Sept 24 – Oct 2.
Envision Shooks Run Sept 27.
Legacy Ride Oct 1 benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Kids on Bikes Great Bicycle Carnival Oct 2.
Help build a playground in Cheyenne Meadows Park.
Volunteer projects, news and events.

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The Goats are coming back to Bear Creek Park!
Ticketing for off-leash dogs.
Goats in Bear Creek Park

The weed-eating goats are scheduled to arrive in Bear Creek Park East on September 26th for a ten-day grazing. Last fall, the herd was pulled out early because of unleashed dogs threatening the goats.
The El Paso County Parks Department will work to protect the goats from harassment by dogs by assigning a security officer to the area with authority to write tickets for violation of the leash law. 
Please, leash your dogs !

Seven Bridges Trail Closure beginning Sept 19.

Heads up trail users in the Bear Creek Watershed!
The upper bridge on 7 Bridges Trail #622  is being replaced. On Monday,  September 19,  the trail was closed above the sixth bridge while crews work to replace the seventh bridge.  Expect closures for the next 2-3 weeks along Seven Bridges Trail while the construction is occurring.

More on work in the Bear Creek Watershed.

Last chance to sign up for Sept 24 Members-only fall color hike with photography tips!
Sat, Sept 24, 9 am
Join us for a very special Members-only fall color hike at the peak of aspen season!
Local hiking expert and trails blogger Hiking Bob will take us on some of his favorite fall color trails, and give us tips on how to capture the best images, with phones, point-and-shoot cameras and full photography equipment. Bring your photo gear of choice and your questions!Signups close Friday, Sept 23 at noon.

More info and signups.

Capture rainwater legally, help the Greenway fund!
Sale ends September 25.
The Greenway Fund is the first organization in Colorado offering “Ivy” Rain Barrels® through their new rain barrel program. They are offering the rain barrels at nearly a 50% discounted price to encourage residents to conserve precious water resources as well as to protect water quality. Sale runs now through September 25 and pick up date is October 1, 2016.
More info and order at:

Greenway-Rock Island-Shooks Run connector close to reality
Beacon Street protected bike lane, left, and Numismatic warehouse, right, future rail-with-trail (along the railroad corridor) connection between the Pikes Peak Greenway and the Rock Island Trail.

City Parks was able to secure a deal with the Union Pacific Railroad to allow space for a rail with trail connection between the Greenway, the Rock Island Trail and the Shooks Run Trail. The missing link was a piece of property owned by the Numismatic Association. The Association and the City have reached a deal that will allow TOPS to buy the property and finally connect the trail! Both the Tops Working Committee and Parks Advisory Board unanimously supported the proposal. City Council makes the final decision.

Creek Week Sept 24 – Oct 2.
We’re inviting individuals and groups (families, clubs, schools, neighborhoods, etc.) to form a Creek Crew for the 3rd Annual Creek Week Cleanup!
Trash and debris ends up in our waterways – clogging drainage systems, hurting wildlife, affecting water quality and ruining the view of our natural landscapes.
Roll up your sleeves to take action during Creek Week by volunteering for cleanup duty and litter patrol along a creek, trail, park or open space throughout the watershed. Get outdoors, get active, and create some good for your community and those living downstream.

More info and signups.

Envision Shooks Run Public Workshop
Tuesday, September 27, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.: (Doors open at 5 p.m.)
First Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, 219 E. Bijou St. (Enter on the Weber St side of the building.)
Parking: Free parking is to the east of the building, SE corner Bijou and Weber.
Following extensive community input, the planning study known as Envision Shooks Run reached a milestone with a recommended corridor theme in June 2016. The next milestone is a draft Facilities Master Plan. Your input to the draft plan will guide how infrastructure improvements and enhancements are put into place along and near the Shooks Run corridor over the next 50 years. 

Fieldhouse Brewing Annual Legacy Ride Oct 1st
Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
2nd annual Cyctic Fibrosis Legacy Ride
Saturday, October 1st, 2 pm
Fieldhouse Brewing Company, 521 S Tejon St.
Fieldhouse will host the 2nd annual Cystic Fibrosis Legacy Ride in support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Sign up for a guided tour of the Legacy Loop, an 11-mile loop trail around the outskirts of downtown Colorado Springs. The ride rolls out at 2 pm, and lasts for approximately one hour. All ages are invited, as long as you can keep up. After the ride, there will be giveaways, specials on beer, food from Treehouse BBQ, cornhole, and a strider bike course for small children.

Join in for a day of fun and cycling, help out a good cause, and learn more about our city’s awesome bike trail system!
More information and registration.

Kids on Bikes Great Bicycle Carnival Oct 2, 11-2
Join Kids on Bikes for a free family bicycle parade from 4 starting locations that all end at the PopCycle Bridge for a party and popsicles.  Then roll down a 1/2 mile to Monument Valley Park for the Carnival with music and carnival games at the park.  Bring a picnic and enjoy time with family, friends and everything bikes!
More info and sign ups.

Register now for the Waldo Waldo 5K Oct 22.

Join thousands of Waldos and Wendas in downtown Colorado Springs this October 22 for the Waldo Waldo 5K, a family-friendly walk and fun run fundraiser. Registration comes with a “Where’s Waldo” costume kit and the money raised supports the Trails and Open Space Coalition and RMFI.
Register at this link.

Upcoming Volunteer Events

Help build the new playground at Cheyenne Meadows Park!
Prep Day: Mon, Sept 26
Build Day: Wed, Sept 28

Join the community effort to build a new playground in Cheyenne Meadows Park. Volunteers 16 and over are needed to assemble the playground equipment for the park. No skills required, tools supplied, breakfast and lunch provided. Onsite childcare upon request.
More info and signups.

(To find the event, choose “Show calendar,” and click on date).
work crew

Have some time? Get out and help make a difference!
This Week:
Wednesday, Sept 21
Ute Valley Park
Thursday, Sept 22
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Saturday, September 24
Green Mountain Falls
Palmer Park–Brenner Trail
Wednesday, September 28
Cheyenne Meadows Playground Buiild

Friends and Partner News.

Monument Valley Park
Tree Walk
Sat, Oct 1, 10 am,
W Fontanero Parking lot
Free, open to all.
Cathy, 471-8244.
October 22, 2016 5K and 
9 Mile Trail Run
Cheyenne Mtn State Park
Benefits work on the Dixon Trail, which one day will provide runners with a new challenging trail race that will be 12-13 miles long with about 3,000 feet of elevation gain and loss. Signups.
Same Tree Different Day
Fri, Oct 7, 5 pm.
CONO, 309 S Cascade
Photo exhibit and multi media presentation
by Mike Pach.

Movie: “Single Track High”
Friday, Oct 7th, 7pm 
Tim Gill Center for Public Media
315 E Costilla
“Single Track High” follows High School students through the up and downs of life as a High School Student and how riding for Mountain Bikes for their High School team changed their lives.
This film event is a fund raiser for the newly formed Manitou Monsters Middle/High School Mountain Bike Team and to support the Pioneer Park Access Legacy, preserving access to Pioneer Park to and from Friendship Lane. This Access allows kids to Ride their bikes or walk to Holmes Middle School and Coronado High School.

Take the Bike Master Plan Survey!
The update to the Bike Master Plan will outline a plan for bicycle infrastructure to support the growing needs of our bicycle friendly community.
We want your input – please take the survey!
Comments needed on draft Stormwater Program Improvement Plan
The City’s Public Works Dept is looking for public comments and suggestions on the draft Stormwater Plan released in July.

Coffee & Civics,

Weekly onTuesdays
Sept 6- Nov 15,

CONO Office, 309 S. Cascade
Joint City/ County Presentations. Learn how the community works together and learn more about how YOU, as a citizen, are at the core of local government.

More info.

Be Prepared… Don’t Be A Zombie 2016 Zombie 3K Run
Saturday, Sept. 24, Bear Creek Park
Sign up to be a runner or a Zombie. First run begins at 10 a.m. At the end of this adventure is the “I Survived the Zombie Apocalypse Party” including emergency preparedness booths, music and food. This is a fun event aimed at creating awareness for community and individual emergency preparedness.

2017 Discover Colorado Springs Calendar Photo Contest.
Submission deadline Tues, Sept 27

This coming year’s calendar will focus on TOPS properties, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Trails, Open Space and Parks Program, funded by a 1/10% sales tax. Some of the landmark open spaces purchased with TOPS funds include Red Rock Canyon, Stratton Open Space, Bluestem Prairie Open Space, Ute Valley Park, and more.

Wilderness First Aid Course, Sept 23 & 24.

Choose from:

  • Wilderness First Aid Only.
  • Wilderness First Aid w Adult CPR and AED.
  • Adult CPR and AED only.
Wilderness First Aid Course,
Fri, Sept 23, 6-10 pm 
 Sat, Sept 24, 8am-7pm
Manitou Springs Middle School
415 El Monte Place
This hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care.

“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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