News March 8, 2017

Strawberry Hill Master Plan Public Meeting March 8.
Trail updates and repairs; closure info on our website.
State of the Outdoors March 20.
Multiple world-class cycling events come to Colorado Springs this summer!
News and events.
NEWS MARCH 8, 2017

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Strawberry Hill Master Plan public meeting March 8, 5 pm

Citizens are invited to attend the first in a series of public meetings to learn about and give input on the Strawberry Hill Master Plan being prepared on behalf of The Broadmoor:
Date: Wednesday, March 8
Location: Cheyenne Mountain Jr. High School, 1200 W. Cheyenne Rd.
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
The purpose of a Park Master Plan is to develop a comprehensive vision for parkland in context with its location, natural resources, and visions of the community. This vision will be a framework for the park’s use and development for the next 10 to 20 years.

More info on our blog

“Water in the West” conference March 8 at UCCS.

5th Annual Sustainnovate Conference and Expo: Water in the West
March 8, 9:30 am – 8 pm
Berger Hall, UCCS campus
Join us for an exciting day to learn, connect and act on the topic of water, our most precious natural resource. We will have experts from across the state to address topics such as climate change and Colorado water, recreation, hydraulic fracturing and drinking water, tribal water law and Standing Rock, Colorado water plan, the energy-water nexus, water contamination and Venetucci Farm, and water conservation practices.
Lunch will be provided to registered participants by UCCS Food Next Door. There will be a Sustainabrew Hoppy Hour and local whiskey tasting and expo from 5:00pm-7:00pm.
Registration required. Register here .

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

Sinton Trail repairs almost complete
The Sinton Trail has been closed while crews wait for CS Utilities to move guy wires bracing a utility pole. Yesterday we saw video of cyclists riding past closure signs and hazard tape until they came to this point and almost crashed. Now we hear that the construction signs have been removed.
**If there are signs, please stay off the trail! If there are no signs, please be cautious and watch for this significant hazard.** 
Until Utilities gets to it, this will be in the middle of the trail. If you can, avoid the Sinton Trail until the construction is complete.
See more details on trail closures and repairs at this link.

Homestead Trail partially open
The new section of the Homestead Trail south of South Carefree, including the sidewalk connection, is complete and open. Crews are working on the section to the north of South Carefree, which remains closed for the time being.

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.

Shooks Run Trail now open!

On March 1, crews removed the blankets covering the new concrete trail behind the Bon Shopping Center.  The new section of trail runs from Jackson St south to the existing concrete at Fontanero.
More details on trail repairs and closures.

City Council Candidate Forum March 13
Middle Shooks Run
Meet the City Council candidates! Neighborhood Forum for Districts 3 and 5.
Monday, March 13, 7 pm
Community Prep School Gym, 332 E Willamette Ave (corner Wahsatch)
The public is invited to a City Council Candidate Forum for Districts 3 and 5, hosted by the Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association. Meet the candidates and bring your questions!

State of the Outdoors March 20

First Annual State of the Outdoors
Monday, March 20, 4 pm
CS City Auditorium

Come hear from Luis Benitez, Director of CO Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, about the State of the industry from a statewide perspective, and from local and regional leaders who will report on successes, challenges and opportunities for the future. 
Speakers include the heads of City and County Parks, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, CS Chamber, Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance, the Trails and Open Space Coalition, Rocky Mountain Field Insitute and CS Mayor John Suthers
PPORA is a nonprofit organization whose mission it is to make the incredible natural and recreation assets of the Pikes Peak area an economic driver for our region. 
($15 until March 15)

Friends and Partner News

Wilderness First Aid Course April 7 & 8

Manitou Monsters Mountain Bike Team is offering a Wilderness First Aid course as their annual fund raiser on April 7th and 8th at Manitou Middle School.This is 16-hour advanced wilderness first aid training.
  • 2 day program for a total of 16 hours.
  • Friday from 6pm to 10pm and Saturday 8am to 7pm.
  • Cost is $125.00 per person for the Wilderness First Aid Only.
  • Cost is $140.00 per person for the Wilderness First Aid and Adult CPR and AED.
  • Cost is $35.00 per person for Adult CPR and AED. Saturday 7pm to 8pm
  • A $25.00 deposit is required to hold your spot and the balance is due at the door.
 Get more information at this link or call 720-524-6447 with any questions.

Great American Cleanup
Pikes Peak Partners
Sat, April 22, 9 am

Site coordinators will host volunteer check-in sites beginning at 9 am at over 20 locations.
Bags and safety vests will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and water.Youth under 16 must be supervised by an adult.
To volunteer, please register at
Survey 2 has launched!
COS Talks March 16, 5:30 pm
PPCC Theater
PlanCOS is a community-wide effort to envision the future of Colorado Springs. In the first survey people said what they love about Colorado Springs, where you think there is opportunity for growth, and what areas of focus are important to you. Survey 2 is now out,with a chance to dive deeper into what’s important to you.
COS Talks is a discussion of the survey topics. Speakers will present on emerging trends and lead interactive discussions on what this means for Colorado Springs, possible opportunities and challenges.

Multiple Major cycling events in 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.

Save the date, Sept 4, for the ADT Races!

Join over 1,000 runners competing in the 2017 American Discovery Trail Races Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and Kids 1K. The scenic course along paved and dirt trails is about as fast and flat as you can find in Colorado. All proceeds directly benefit local trails and local non-profits dedicated to trail stewardship and community running events in Colorado Springs.

Labor Day – Monday, September 4, 2017
America the Beautiful Park
  • Marathon will start at Palmer Lake and finish at America the Beautiful Park.
  • Boston marathon qualified point-to-point course through the United States Air Force Academy.
  • The half marathon, 10K, and Kids Races will start and finish at America the Beautiful Park in downtown Colorado Springs.
More information.             Registration 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

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