News February 15, 2017

Trail updates and repairs.
Go to our website for closure info.
Get informed at City Council Candidate Forums.
We need your support for the downtown road projects plan–Feb 22
TWO World-class cycling events come to Colorado Springs this summer!
Public meeting about joint land use with the military Feb 23.
News and events.

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Trail Closure Report–2D repairs Homestead
Update on Sinton, Shooks Run

Homestead Trail gets a Facelift

Thanks to 2D funding, City crews are working on the Homestead Trail between S. Carefree and near N. Carefree. Work includes a 5-foot sidewalk connection to the playground in Homestead Park and to the neighborhood.

Parks Staff are working with the Streets Sidewalk Division and pooling resources to extend the connections and replace asphalt with concrete south of S. Carefree. Thanks to these City Departments for working together to create a real benefit for the community!
Sinton Trail repair

Sinton Trail repairs moving along
The Sinton Trail is still closed at Mark Dabling while 2D repairs and improvements go forward. Crews are replacing old asphalt with concrete, reconfiguring the bridge underpass, and adding a spur trail to the pond.
See more details on trail closures and repairs at this link.

Shooks Run Trail repair update.

Crews are pouring the concrete for the upgraded Shooks Run trail behind the Bon Shopping Center. The new section of trail will run from Jackson St south to the existing concrete at Fontanero.
More details on trail repairs and closures.

We now have a section on our website for Closures.
We’ll enter what we know about parks and trails that are closed, why they’re closed, and how long before they are expected to re-open.

From the home page, hover over “News and Events” and choose “Closures.” Or use this link to go directly to the page:
Help us keep this page current–email us at with your updates on trail closures and detours!

Get informed about City Council Candidates!

We are partnering with CONO for a series of city council candidate forums in District 3 and 4. We’ll be asking questions about parks funding, the economic benefits of parks and making neighborhoods more bicycle-friendly. Please join us and bring your questions to the conversation.

District 3, Feb 21, 6 pm, HIllside Community Center

District 4, Feb 24, 5:30 pm, Deerfield Hills Community Center
Districts 3 & 4, March 1, 6 pm, Meadows Park Community Center.

We need your support for Downtown road projects Feb 22

We need your support for important projects that will connect our trails!
The Downtown Partnership is working with the City of Colorado Springs to create a more walkable, bikeable downtown with connections to the trails. With roadway resurfacing scheduled for several downtown streets in 2017 and 2018, the Streets Department can update roads at no additional cost. The new configurations will:
  • Separate car, bike and pedestrian traffic for more comfort and safety
  • Add connections to the Greenway and Legacy Loop
  • Connect to neighborhoods to the north and south of downtown.
  • Enhance safety and access for all users.
Please plan to attend the Public Information Session to ask questions and show support:
Wednesday, Feb 22
Studio Bee at Pikes Peak Center, 190 S Cascade Av
5:30 – 5:45 pm Networking
5:45 – 6:45 pm Presentation
6:45 – 7:30 pm Q & A
More information on our blog. 

TWO Major cycling events come to Colorado Springs this summer!

Colorado Classic–Professional Racing Aug 10 – 13
Professional bicycle racing will return to the Centennial State as the  inaugural Colorado Classic rolls through Colorado Springs, Breckenridge and Denver for four exciting and entertaining days this summer.
From August 10 to 13, starting in Colorado Springs, Olympic City USA, a world-class and international field of professional, male cyclists will race more than 300 miles in multiple, fan-friendly circuits, combining with each stage starting and finishing in the same location. The Colorado Classic will also feature two days of professional women’s cycling, beginning in Colorado Springs on August 10th and concluding the following night with a women’s-only event under the lights in Denver.

More info and schedule

Mavic Haute Route Rockies 2017–Amateur Cycling
One of the most prestigious cycling events for amateur riders will come to Colorado this summer, and the exciting final stage and finish will take place in Colorado Springs,hosted by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation.
Mavic Haute Route Rockies 2017 will feature seven timed, ranked and fully-supported stages from Saturday, June 24 to Friday, June 30.

More details and race schedule on our blog.

Public Meeting on joint land use on military installations–
Give your opinion on AFA and the Santa Fe Trail
DATE:  Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
TIME:   5 – 7 p.m.
LOCATION:  Pikes Peak Library 21c, Venue Room, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive

Join the Regional Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) Team for a public meeting examining local issues related to land use when military installations and communities are neighbors. Citizens are invited to this public meeting to learn about the JLUS program and to provide input to the JLUS Working Groups and staff. This public meeting is focused on topics of interest to neighborhoods around the United States Air Force Academy. There will be stations at the meeting exploring issues ranging from trails, wind energy compatibility, noise/sound/flight impacts, storm water management and fire.

RSVP here

Friends and Partner News

Legacy Loop Tour shows Denver visitors what COS can do
Staff from the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation spent the day in Colorado Springs last Friday on a site visit of our downtown area. Allen Beauchamp from Bike Colorado Springs and Claire Swinford from the Downtown Partnership were their hosts for a cycling tour of the Legacy Loop.
Their visit was in preparation for convening a group of 100 Denver executives and civic leaders in Colorado Springs for a 2-day leadership program that will explore the region’s innovations in advancing a healthy community. They were exploring the role of the Legacy Loop project in spurring a healthy community culture in Colorado Springs, and are interested in potentially featuring the project, May 3-4.

Feb 17 Friends of the Peak Fundraiser at Triple S

Friday, February 17, 5 – 8 pm
Triple S Brewing, 318 E Colorado Ave
$1 from every beer helps Friends of the Peak build, maintain and restore trails around Pikes Peak.

Help Clean up Bear Creek Dog Park
Bear Creek Dog Park Cleanup
Saturday, Feb 18, 9 am – 1 pm

El Paso County will provide all the tools you need, just bring yourself, some friends, and a willingness to help!

Cheyenne Moutntain State Park Trail Challenge and 100-Mile Trail Challenge
Want to challenge yourself this year? The goal of the Cheyenne Mountain State Park Trail Challenge is to complete ALL 18 of the existing trails for a total of 21.87 miles. Not enough of a challenge for you?? The 100 Mile Trail Challenge goal is to log 100 miles of trail within the park. This challenge will kick off with the First Day Hikes. A quick sign up is necessary and sign up sheets will be available at the visitor center anytime after Jan 1st. All miles must be logged and checked off by staff. Completion of the Trail Challenge will earn a special patch and the 100 Mile completers will earn a CMSP Challenge Coin. The challenge is free but a valid parks pass is required on all vehicles entering the park.

More information.

Draft Widefield Community Park Plan available online
El Paso County Parks invites you to download and review the draft Widefield Community Park Master Plan. The draft plan is the result of many months of collaboration with citizens, organizations, and the Master Plan Team. The Widefield Community Park Master Plan addresses parks, trails, open space, recreation and cultural services needs, goals and objectives, and action items.
View the plan at this link.

“Table to Trails” with Salsa Brava, Over Easy, Sonterra Grill
New Over Easy location gives another chance to take part!

Over Easy, Downtown, University Village, Dublin/Powers 
Over Easy donates one dollar to the Trails and Open Space Coalition for every special sold, and as of the end of 2016, the amount had reached almost $5,000.
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!

We are in the Sustainacenter!

The COS Office of Sustainability established office space in one of two city-owned, Victorian style houses located in the Middle Shooks Run neighborhood (704 E. Boulder Street).  The other house, located at 702 E. Boulder Street, houses sustainability focused non-profit organizations to co-locate with each other and the COS Office of Sustainability.  Collectively, these two houses are referred to as the Sustainacenter.

Trails and Open Space Coalition’s new office address is:

702 E Boulder, Suite 200

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Love the trails? Want to see more connections, more bike routes, more care for our parks? 
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