News Oct 19, 2016

Talcott Fire burns 25 acres near Rampart Range Road.
7 Bridges Trail re-opens with new bridge #7.
2D trail repair updates.
Sign up now for Waldo Waldo Oct 22nd.
Cheyenne Canyon Halloween Carnival Oct 22.
Volunteer projects, news and events.

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Rampart Range fire prompts evacuations.

The Talcott Fire 50% contained by late Monday.

Evacuations on for the Talcott Fire near Rampart Range Road were cancelled Monday afternoon as fire crews were able to contain 50% of the blaze.

The fire at its largest covered 25 acres. The cause is unknown and under investigation.
High winds and dry conditions continue. Please watch for evidence of fires, and report smoke right away!
Updates on the Talcott Fire.

Seven Bridges Trail re-opens with new Bridge #7
Beautiful 7 Bridges Trail has re-opened! Uphill work and bridge reconstruction had the trail closed for a week or so. The Forest Service sent us some pictures of the brand new Bridge #7, and it’s a beauty! Be sure to hike the trail and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Cheyenne Cañon in the autumn.
Directions and Info about 7 Bridges Trail.

2D Trail Repairs Update

Colorado Springs Parks is finishing up repairs on eight critical trails. Voters supported the $2.1 million expenditure when they voted yes on 2D last year.

  • Planned repairs on Sand Creek, the Pikes Peak Greenway and Skyline Trail are completed.
  • Palmer Mesa is under construction and could be finished by the middle of November.
  • Rock Island is under contract and will be completed before the end of the year.
  • Work gets underway on Shooks Run next week.
  • Homestead and Sinton projects  are out for bid and the work will be completed early in January.
Parks tell us that some of the projects are costing two to four times more than expected, because of unexpected increases in materials costs. We won’t get as many miles of repairs as we had hoped, but there will be major repairs on all eight trails. Parks is doing as much as they can with the money available.

More information on the City’s website.

For Members only: Member Celebration October 27!

Save the date–Our Annual Member Celebration is coming up Thursday, October 27!
If your membership is current, you’ll get a printed newsletter in the mail in the coming week with party details. For questions about your membership status, email

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
work crew

Have some time? Get out and help make a difference!
Saturday, Oct 29
Garden of the Gods (iwith costume contest!)
Black Forest Section 16
Sunday, Oct 30
Garden of the Gods (with costume contest!)

Friends and Partner News

Halloween Costume Carnival
Starsmore Visitor & Nature Center
2120 S Cheyenne Cañon Rd
Sat, Oct 22,  4 – 8 pm
Recommended for ages 5 – 10
Free admission!
Game/Food tokens for purchase.

Art and Wine
Sat, Oct 22, 2 pm

Free admission!
Artist talk with Michelle McMahan at the library, followed by an art viewing at G44 Gallery.  Finish up atSovereignty Wines for a wine tasting.
Tickets held at the door, but you must sign up ahead of time to reserve a spot, 633-6278.

Renew North Nevada Community Workshop #3

October 27,

 6:00 p.m

Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center, 3650 North Nevada Avenue.
People who attend the third Renew North Nevada Avenue community workshop will be asked to review and respond to plan concepts, or “what if” scenarios, for the corridor. A final community workshop to review recommended plan alternatives is on December 8.
The City of Colorado Springs is conducting a community involvement process to create a plan that will result in continued investment in the North Nevada Avenue corridor.

Westside Avenue Action Plan
The long-awaited plan to improve the section of Colorado and Manitou Avenues between 31st Street and the Hwy 24 interchange is finally getting closer to action. When completed, this re-design will connect a critical missing link of the Midland Trail, with the addition of a pedestrian bridge and under-road connections.

Canya Cañon 
4-mile race and family hike
Sat, Nov 5, 11 am.
Start at the Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center, then head over to the Chamberlain Trail, around the reservoirs, and back to the Starsmore Center.
Register online at,
or in person at Runners Roost Colorado Springs, or the Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center.

“Table to Trails” with Salsa Brava, Over Easy, Sonterra Grill

Over Easy, Downtown (above)
and University Village (left)
Just some food pics of the daily specials at Over Easy (yum). Over Easy donates one dollar to the Trails and Open Space Coalition for every special sold!
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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