News March 15, 2017

City Council candidates answer our parks and trails questions.
Plan COS March 16.
Wilderness First Aid April 7 & 8.
Our Natural Economy April 12.
Great American Cleanup April 22.

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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. 

More info and registration.

($15 until March 15)

City Council Candidates answer our parks and trails questions.
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We asked all City Council Candidates the following 2 questions:
  1. General fund support for city parks, trails and open space is less than it was 10 years ago. Do you consider that a serious problem and if so, what would you do to correct that?
  2. Is making Colorado Springs a more “bike friendly city a worthwhile goal? Why? If yes, would you support projects that further that goal?
This week, we report answers from:
  • District 1–Greg Basham and Don Knight
  • District 2–Dave Geislinger (unopposed)
  • District 5-Jill Gaebler and Lynette Crow-Iverson

Click here to read their answers.
Next week, we’ll report on the candidates in Districts 3, 4 and 6…stay tuned!

Coming up this week…

COS Talks
Thurs, March 16, 5:50 pm
PPCC Theater
5675 S Academy

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.

RSVP here.

Save the dates…

Wilderness First Aid
Apr 7 & 8
Manitou Monsters Mountain Bike Team is offering a Wilderness First Aid course as our annual fund raiser on April 7th and 8th at Manitou Middle School.This is 16-hour advanced wilderness first aid training.

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. Youth under 16 must be supervised by an adult. Register at
Our Natural Economy
Wed, Apr 12, 7 pm Cornerstone Arts Ctr, Colorado College
Colorado College State of the Rockies Project conducted the Conservation in the West Poll, exploring bi-partisan opinions concerning conservation, energy development, the role of government, and citizen priorities..

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

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