News May 31, 2017

Online registration closes June 1–Second Annual COS Bike Summit June 2.
Register now for the Starlight June 17th–Earlybird deadline June 4–join the costume contest!
New Section 16 trailhead dedication–friends and family of Scott Lauther.
National Trails Day June 3
Mayor’s Ride June 3
ROLL Bike Art Festival June 9 & 10
Trails and Open Space Coalition celebrates 30 years.
NEWS MAY 31, 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.


Last year’s pirate crew at the Fox 21 live shot.

Don’t miss the Starlight Superhero crew on Fox 21
Monday, June 5, 5:40 am – 8:40 am
Tune in Monday morning to see the Starlight Superhero crew sporting their costumes and the NEW event tee shirt, riding bikes and talking about all the FUN coming up with the Starlight! Watch for the Heuberger Subaru Starlight car, and listen for special deals, contests and prizes!
23rd Annual Starlight Spectacular on June 17th, 2017, the SUPERHERO Starlight!
Prices go up June 5, so register now for the best value!
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.

Friends and family of Scott Lauther celebrate his life with new Section 16 entryway
Family and friends wearing their “Happy Trails” shirts and “Life is Good” hats at the dedication.

Friends and family of Scott Lauther donated more than $20,000 for the creation of a beautiful new entryway to the Section 16 trail head at Red Rock Canyon Open Space. 
May 19th the family held a dedication, with nearly 80 people attending to pay their respects and celebrate a life well lived. Scott Lauther loved trails, and Section 16 most of all, so the project was especially meaningful for his family.

The new entryway includes a beautiful new stone similar to the one at the entry of Red Rock Canyon Open Space on Highway 24, two stone benches, and a three-panel kiosk that showcases a map of the open space and information about the history of the area.

Please visit Section 16 soon, and enjoy this new amenity for the whole community!

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:
Saturday, June 3
7am Missing Link Trail Construction
7:15am Mt. Esther Trail/Ring the Peak
8am Dixon Trail-VOC
8:30am Garden of the Gods
9am Fountain Creek Nature Center
9am Rainbow Falls Trail
9am Fox Run Regional Park
7:45 am Seven Bridges Trail
Sunday, June 4
6 am Missing Link Trail
8 am Dixon Trail
8:30 am Garden of the Gods
Wednesday, June 7
8 am Blodgett Peak Open Space
5:30 pm Ute Valley Park

Volunteers needed to serve on the Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) Working Committee

The City of Colorado Springs is seeking volunteers to serve on the Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) Working Committee.  Members of the committee manage the revenue and expenditures for the TOPS funds and guide our City in the prudent acquisition, development and preservation of trails, parks and open space. The committee meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 a.m. at the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department Headquarters at 1401 Recreation Way, and conducts property tours on the third Wednesday of every month at 3 p.m. as needed.
Please submit your application by Friday, June 16.  The online application is available at


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.

Nat’l Trails Day Hike with EPC Commissioner VanderWerf.
Celebrate National Trails Day by walking the beautiful Bear Creek Nature Center Song Bird Nature Trail with El Paso County Commissioner Stan VanderWerf. Meet other outdoor enthusiasts at the Bear Creek Nature Center at 10:30am on Saturday, June 3rd. Listen to the birds, enjoy the great outdoors and hike with District 3 Commissioner, Stan VanderWerf.

Sign up at this link.

Mayor’s ride June 3

June 3, 7:45 am
Pikes Peak Greenway Trailhead at University Village
5426 N Nevada Ave.
Join Mayor Suthers Saturday, June 3 for a four-mile community bike ride to celebrate Bike Month. The ride is organized through a collaborative partnership between the City of Colorado Springs and Bike Colorado Springs.
After celebration at Lincoln Center, 2727 N Cascade Ave.
Visit to view a map and register.

ROLL Bike Art Festival June 10 
features a Starlight decorating station!
The 13th Annual Roll Bicycle Art Festival: A two-day bicycle-themed art event featuring original pieces by photographers, painters and sculptors, live music, food and drink.
Opening Night: Friday June 9th 5 – 8pm
Live music, bicycle-themed artworks from around the world, bicycle spirograph, chair massage.
Beer, Wine & Moonshine available at The Buffalo Lodge Watering Hole
Saturday June 10th noon – 5pm 
-Starlight Celebration Kickoff Preview Ride 8:15am
-Kids on Bikes art station from 2:00-4:00pm
-Bike tune-ups
-Lemonade stand by Trails & Open Space Coalition
-Costume Contest winners announced and bike giveaway by Heuberger Motors
-Test the superfood smoothie bike

Free concert with Alicia Archibald and Friends
Saturday, June 10, 6 – 8 pm
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.

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