News April 19, 2017

Earth Day Events April 22: Rock Ledge Ranch, Sustain-a-fest, Great American Cleanup.
Bike Master Plan Public Meeting May 3.
State Parks need your help.
Trails and Open Space Coalition celebrates 30 years.
Save the Dates–Starlight Spectacular June 17th!
NEWS APRIL 19, 2017


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Bike Master Plan Meeting May 3

Bike Master Plan Public Information Session
Wednesday, May 3, 5 – 7 pm
Carnegie Reading Room, Downtown Penrose Library, 20 North Cascade Ave.
Residents are invited to attend a Public Information Session to learn about the Colorado Springs Bicycle Master Plan and to provide critical input.
The purpose of the Plan is to establish a vision and roadmap for how Colorado Springs can provide a level of bike infrastructure across the entire city that accommodates the range of users who want/need to bicycle. The ultimate goals of the plan are safety, integration, accessibility and inclusivity for people on bikes.

State Parks need your help!

State lawmakers are considering legislation that would increase funding for state parks and wildlife management. The Trails and Open Space Advocacy Committee voted to support the change.
House Bill 1321 would allow the Parks and Wildlife Commission to increase fees for users. Fees are their only source of funding, and have not increased since 2010. “Stable funding for parks” continues to be a priority for TOSC. We encourage you to let your state representative know that you support Bill 1321.

Shooks Run access to Pikes Peak Ave closed

Access between Shooks Run Trail and Pikes Peak Avenue is closed. Trail traffic is being detoured onto Bijou and Kiowa to maintain access. This is for the safety of all users, as there is intensive construction happening east of Corona. We anticipate the closure will be in place for the next 3 weeks
Watch for news of closures and repairs on our website at

Friends and Partner News

Earth Day Happenings–Saturday, April 22

Earth Day at Rock Ledge and the Garden

Sat, April 22, 9 am-3 pm
Admission: Free
In combination with the Garden of the Gods Nature and Visitor Center, celebrate the environment at Rock Ledge Ranch on this free day! Historic homes will be open, as well as the Blacksmith Shop and General Store. Bring a picnic and come have a great time while supporting the Ranch!
Sat, April 22 11 am – 4 pm
Mid Shooks Run Park & Sustainacenter
702-704 E Boulder St
Sustainability demonstrations, live music, food trucks, Sustainacenter tours and family fun activities. Ride or walk on the Legacy Loop to the festival and enjoy the festival with family and friends!

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

Cheyenne Cañon Cleanup
Sat, April 22, 9 am – 12 pm

Join the Friends of Cheyenne Canon for a trail clean-up day throughout the canon.
Lunch will be provided for volunteers at 11:30am.
For additional information please contact Kevin Westendorf at or call at 719-505-4709.

Middle Shooks Run Cleanup
Sat, April 22, 9 – 1 pm.
2 locations; Bijou & Corona, and Franklin & Willamette. Bring boots, gloves, water and sunscreen. Trash bags provided. More info
Monument Valley Park
Sat, April 22, 9 -12 pm
Formal Gardens of Monument Valley Park off of Westview Place.
Sign up at this link.


Sat, April 22, 8:30 am
Garden of the Gods workday. Volunteers will complete trail maintenance and restoration projects. This is moderate to strenuous work and requires some heavy lifting.
Cheyenne Cañon Cleanup
Sat, April 22, 9 am.
Join Friends of Cheyenne Canon for a trail clean-up day throughout the canon. Lunch will be provided for volunteers at 11:30am. For additional information, or 719-505-4709.
Fountain Creek Nature Center Jr Docents
New volunteer opportunity for mature and dependable teens 14-17 who are outgoing, want to develop public speaking skills & learn about nature. Four 3-hour shifts during the summer. Required training Thurs, May 25  6-8:00 p.m.

Save the Dates

Starlight Spectacular Saturday, June 17!

23rd Annual Starlight Spectacular on June 17th, 2017, the SUPERHERO Starlight!
This fun night-time bicycle ride is suitable for most ages and abilities. 14-, 17-, and 21-mile courses. All riders must wear helmets, and have front and rear lights on their bikes.
Festivities begin 9 pm. Enjoy music, food and drink, and fun!
Watch our Facebook pages for details about our NEW Costume Contest–starting May 10. The theme is SUPERHEROES, so start planning your costumes now!

More information at this link.

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

The Trails and Open Space Coalition Celebrates 30 years!

Donate now–your donation helps preserve open space and parks.

Thanks to those of you who have generously renewed your membership AND added $30 as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. It was 1987 when a group of community leaders came together to form the Pikes Peak Trails Association to see that land was set aside, trails were built and connected.
We come to you each spring asking you to renew your annual membership. If you just joined us last fall, renew when it’s most convenient for you. We’re glad to have you! By sending out membership letters all at once, we save on staff time and postage. Thank you!

Donate or renew at this link.

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