News April 26, 2017

Bike Master Plan Public Meeting May 3.
State Parks need your help.
UPDATE: work to begin on South Greenway
Trails and Open Space Coalition celebrates 30 years.
Save the Dates–Bike Summit June 2, Starlight Spectacular June 17th!
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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 primary 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.

Closure update: Work to begin on south Greenway

In 2015, flood water washed away large sections of the Pikes Peak Greenway south of Janitell. In order for the City to repair the trail, it has to be moved from its original location, and will no longer be within the existing easement. The City had to get new legal access, which unfortunately held up the repair project by more than a year.
We are happy to report that easements have been secured and the trail construction will start within the next two weeks. Reconstruction will last about five months. Watch this space for updates.

Friends and Partner News

Karma Hour for CONO Tues, May 2
6 – 8 pm
Bristol Brewing
Join CONO for happy hour!
$1 of every pint sold goes to CONO to support neighborhoods in El Paso and Teller City. Come celebrate with us and learn how you can be part of the Neighbor UP! Week.
Equestrian Skills Park
Grand Opening
Sat, May 6, 11am – 2pm.
Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard will “present the colors” at 11:30 am. Visit with board members and volunteers about the course and practice with your horse Facebook event.
Brews for Trail Crews
Fri, April 28, 5 – 9 pm
Triple S Brewery
318 E Colorado Ave
$1 from every beer sold helps build, maintain and restore Pikes Peak Trails. Enjoy live music and craft beer. Parking garage 2 blocks west.


Sat, April 29 and Sun, April 30, 8:30 am
Garden of the Gods workdays. Volunteers will complete trail maintenance and restoration projects. This is moderate to strenuous work and requires some heavy lifting.
Stephanie’s Trail Bridge
Sat, April 29, 8:30 am.
MWTA in cooperation with City Parks, will be building a bridge across Bear Creek at Stephanie’s Trail. This work day will focus on preparing the bridge piers on both sides of the creek.
Save the date–
Sun, May 14 Red Rock Canyon w/ManitouCATS
Work on the Contemplative Trail in Red Rock Canyon, building new steps, repairing the trail features & clearing corridor. More info.

Save the Dates

2nd Annual COS Bike Summit June 2

Friday, June 2, 1 pm – 7 pm
UCCS, Berger Hall, University Center
Registration is required for this FREE event as space is limited. Includes workshops and after-Summit Happy Hour and networking.
The Colorado Springs Bike Summit is designed to get information to people who care about biking, create bike advocates, and shape a vision of what’s possible in Colorado Springs. Partners include UCCSColorado Springs IndependentSRAMBike Colorado Springs and the Trails and Open Space Coalition. Sponsored in part by Downtown Colorado Springs.
Your free summit registration includes:
* Keynote starting at 1 pm.
* Two breakout sessions
* Plenary session
* Optional Happy Hour and Expo
You can register for the Happy Hour & Expo Only.
Register here.

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.

Tables to Trails winds up May 31

We’re nearing the end of our year-long partnership with Over Easy, Salsa Brava and Sonterra Grill–but it’s not over yet!
Now through May 31, 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 any Colorado Springs location, and support Trails and Open Space!

Decay at Neighborhood Parks: Trail Talk by our Executive Director

Boulder Park is one of the Pikes Peak region’s ailing neighborhood parks. Surrounded by modest homes on three sides, families settle in this neighborhood for the park and nearby schools. While the playground is fairly new, the tennis courts have no nets and the asphalt basketball court is cracked and uneven. Both areas have been padlocked by parks staff.
Each year the parks department commits dollars to fix courts on its long list of aging parks. Boulder is on the list, but neighbors are frustrated. They remember when Boulder Park was healthy – a place for family picnics. Today a portion is used as a smoker’s haven because of its vicinity to a nearby hospital… Read more at
Trails and Open Space Coalition
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