News May 24, 2017

Second Annual COS Bike Summit June 2.
Starlight superhero costume contest is ON!
Register now for the Starlight June 17th.
Live Dream Colorado at Epic Real Estate gives back to Trails.
Midland Trail update–target date August.
Trails and Open Space Coalition celebrates 30 years.
NEWS MAY 24, 2017

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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
Events and Specials heading into Starlight Season.

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.


Starlight Costume Contest is on!
Ted’s Starlight Light Specials.

Get your Superhero costumes ready! Enter your superhero photo online to win great prizes.

Sponsored by Heuberger Subaru. Go to this link for more information and to enter. Contest ends June 9th.

First prize is a bike from our friends at Ted’s Bicycles. Other prizes include a roof mount bike rack, and a light set.

Our friends at Ted’s Bicycles are having a sale on the light set YOU need to ride the Starlight!

Ted’s is having their annual Starlight Spectacular light sale! Special front and rear light sets are on deep discount for in-store purchase at Ted’s 3016 N Hancock Ave, 719-473-6915. All other in-stock lights are 15% off until June 19.
Check out their website here.

Live Dream Colorado with Epic Real Estate Group continues partnership with Trails and Open Space Coalition

Lauren Collier and Rob Hoben, realtors with the Epic Real Estate Group, came by this week to present their annual donation to the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
Rob and Lauren donate a portion of all their sales during the year to TOSC.
The Live Dream Colorado Team is “helping to support and maintain the trails, parks, and open spaces that make Colorado Springs the one-of-a-kind, hike-and-bike friendly, outdoors-right-here-in-town place that we all love!”

Thanks to Lauren and Rob for being such great business partners! For information on how your business can partner with the Trails and Open Space Coalition, contact us!

Closure update: Midland trail complete end of August

Work is progressing and contractors estimate that the Midland trail connection should be complete by the end of August.
The detour for the Midland Trail to Colorado Avenue is still in place. The Midland Trail will be relocated adjacent to Fountain Creek. The new Fountain Creek and Monument Creek pedestrian bridges have been placed.
The project team will finish the remaining trail and stream improvement work to open all of the trails by late summer 2017. More information.

Friends and Partner News

Volunteer with El Paso County Parks for National Trails Day
Saturday, June 3rd
  • Time:  9:00am – 11:00am
  • 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Location:  Rainbow Falls Historic Site, 1360 Serpentine Drive, Manitou Springs, CO 80829

More information on our blog.

Volunteer Events this week:
Thursday, May 25
7:45 am Seven Bridges Trail
Saturday, May 27
7:45 am St. Mary’s Falls Trail
8:30 am Garden of the Gods
Sunday, May 28
8:30 am Garden of the Gods
Wednesday, May 31
7 am Waldo Canyon Fire Restoration


Thursday, June 1, 5:30 – 7 pm. (Presentation at 6 pm).
Ivywild School Gymnasium, 1604 S Cascade Ave.
The public is invited to attend a community meeting to hear the latest about the Pikes Peak Summit Complex project schedule and fundraising campaign, to view design refinements of interior and exterior interpretive designs, and to hear about the donor wall early concepts.

Saturday, June 10, 6 – 8 pm
Free concert with Alicia Archibald and Friends
Homestead Ranch Regional Park
16444 Gollihar Road, Peyton

Join the Friends of Homestead Ranch for a free concert in the park! Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the summer night with local favorite Alicia Archibald.
Google Maps link to park location.

Save the Dates

Bike to Work Day
Wed. June 28th, 2017 6- 9 am
NEW FORMAT! This year you can truly ride your bike to work! Rather than have a big breakfast in one location, ride your route and stop by any of the nearly two dozen breakfast locations on your way.

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.

TOPS turns 20–inspiring video!
TOPS Turns 20
TOPS Turns 20

The City TOPS (Trails, Open Space and Parks) turns 20 this year! The City put together a wonderful video featuring people who helped make TOPS a reality, and the landscapes that inspire us all. (6-minute run time)

Here’s the link in case you can’t just click on the picture above.

Need a teacher or end of school year gift? Think chocolate!
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory’s Red Rock chocolate bars are an impressive gift!
Get the dark, milk or white chocolate versions, all with the delicious taste of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and your purchase benefits the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
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