News March 22, 2017

City Council candidates answer our parks and trails questions.
Sinton Trail now open.
N. Cheyenne Cañon closed March 22.
County Parks Board seeks new members.
Wilderness First Aid April 7 & 8.
Our Natural Economy April 12.
Great American Cleanup April 22.

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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 3–Richard Skorman and Chuck Fowler
  • District 4–Yolanda Avila, Deborah Hendrix, Helen Collins (did not respond)
  • District 6–Janek Joshi, Andy Pico, Melanie Bernhardt (no response), Robert Burns (no response).

Click here to read their answers.
Read last week’s answers for Districts 1, 2 and 5 here.

Sinton Trail open March 21.
Sinton Trail repair

Colorado Springs Parks has confirmed that the Sinton Trail is now open.

The Sinton Trail was closed since January for repairs and upgrades. The work is now complete and the trail is open to the public.

Watch for news of closures and repairs on our website at

Closure Alert–North Cheyenne Cañon closed March 22

ALERT: North Cheyenne Cañon will be CLOSED this Wednesday, March 22 for road maintenance. The road will be blocked at the park entrance by the Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center, and at the East (bottom) end of the Helen Hunt Falls parking area. Please respect these closures for your safety. There will be heavy equipment working along the roadway. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the work will be complete around 3 p.m. and the road will reopen at that time.
Please avoid the area and do not plan to hike or bike during those hours.

County Parks Board seeks new members.

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners is seeking community-minded citizen volunteers to serve on the El Paso County Parks Advisory Board. Applicants are being sought for Commissioner Districts #2 and #3.
Applications for the open positions are due by April 4th, 2017.

More information on our blog.

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..

Strawberry Hill Master Plan
Public Meeting #2
Thursday, April 13, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Cheyenne Mountain Jr High
1200 W Cheyenne Rd

Visit the website for the master plan at:

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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