News July 19, 2017

Member Adventures Schedule
Upcoming free Concerts in the Park
Sign up now for the American Discovery Trail Races!
Music in the Parks–multiple concerts–check the schedules
Fountain Creek Regional Park 25th Anniversary Party July 29
Trails and Open Space Coalition celebrates 30 years.
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2017 Summer Member Adventures Schedule!
South Slope hike

Join us for our Member Adventures this summer! 
  • July 30–South Slope Member Adventure,Sunday, July 30th , 7:30 am – 3:30 pm . $5 fee per person. Current TOSC members only. Join us for a Members-only hike on the South Slope of Pikes Peak. This area is open to the public on a very limited basis, by reservation only. We have permission to take three cars only up to the recreation area for our member hike. This is a moderate hike at high altitude. Then entire 7-mile hike is above 10,000 feet. Please use your best judgement as to whether or not this is an appropriate hike for you.
  • August 26–Ute Valley Park Member AdventureSaturday, August 26th, 8 am – 10:30 am, free to current members of the Trails and Open Space Coalition. The Friends of Ute Valley Park have exciting new trails to share with our Members-the new East Ridge and Ridge Line Trails are complete and they are beautiful!
  • Sept 30–Ring the Peak Member AdventureSaturday, September 30th, 1 pm – 4 pm, free to current members of the Trails and Open Space Coalition. Join us for a very special Members-only fall color hike at the peak of aspen viewing season. with photography advice!
These are Members-only events. Please do not sign up if you are not a current TOSC member. To become a member, please go to For questions about your membership status, please email us or call 719.633.6884.

Bike-in Live Theater–a perfect summer day in the park.
200+ people came out Sunday to enjoy live music, kids’ activities, food, frozen treats, live theater acts and fun in Shooks Park on the Legacy Loop. Thanks to all the people and organizations that helped make this a memorable summer event!
  • The Mobile Music Project gave kids and adults the chance to pedal-power the sound system.
  • Performers Lost Luggage and Dawn & Hawks gave us the perfect soundtrack for a summer afternoon in the park.
  • The Millibo Art Theater brought their monster bubble factory, and staged an interactive live theater performance that was wildly enjoyable for all ages.
  • Kids decorated their bikes at the Decoration Station, and Kids on Bikes led a bike parade (see the videos on our Facebook page)
  • The Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association made more than 300 root beer floats with root beer from Bristol Brewing and ice cream from Josh and John’s.

 More pictures at the Facebook event.

Friends and Partner News

Sign up now for the American Discovery Trail Races!
Labor Day, Sept 4, 2017
Join over 1,000 runners competing in the 2017 American Discovery Trail Races:
  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
  • 10K
  • 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.

More information.            Registration link

Time for a raft trip!

Our friends at Echo Canyon Rafting offer everything from a lazy float to wild whitewater! They even partner with other outdoor companies to offer rafting with zip lines, train rides, Royal Gorge Bridge, camping, biking, and more.
We thank them for supporting the Trails and Open Space Coalition. Check them out!

Echo Canyon Rafting website.

Summer Concerts in El Paso County Parks, Wednesdays at 6 pm
Bear Creek Regional Park: July 26August 23 and 30.
Fountain Creek Regional Park: July 19.
More information here.

Monday summer concerts in Monument Valley Park, 7-8 pm

Location: Lawn west of the Fine Arts Center (Mesa Rd and Cache la Poudre St)

Free concerts in the twilight–come early, bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Have a picnic, or enjoy sandwiches, pizza and ice cream for sale.

July 24 Starburn (Classic 60s/70s Rock)

Sandy Wells Benefit Concert July 21
Friday, July 21, 5:30 pm Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame
5:30 Gate Opens, Concessions Courtesy of Dickey’s Barbeque
6:00-9:00 – Silent Auction
6:30 – Guest MC Sergio “Trigger” Schaefer, Cowboy Poet
7:00 – Sandy Wells performs
Join the Friends of the Equestrian Skills Course for a great evening with Sandy Wells! With early pop Country and Southern Rock roots, her music raises strong emotion, yet keeps your foot tapping.
All event proceeds benefit the expansion of the Equestrian Skills Course at Bear Creek Regional Park ( info and tickets at this link.

Pineries Open Space Meeting July 26, 6 pm
The Lodge at Cathedral Pines
Learn about forming a Friends Group for this Open Space in Northern El Paso County.

More information.

Fountain Creek Nature Center 25th Anniversary, July 29
Fountain Creek Nature Center 25th Anniversary Open House
Sat, July 29, 10 am – 2 pm
320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain
Music, bug sweeps, pond critters, magic shows! Free open house to celebrate one of our community’s great assets.

Plants of Red Rock Canyon
Talk and Walk
Monday, July 31st, 5:30pm
Amber Shanklin will be at Red Rocks to discuss the ecology of the area with an emphasis on the local vegetation. Learn about the region’s native and non-native plant species and what impacts they have in our open spaces. There will be a short discussion followed by a walk through the canyon identifying plants.

Join the Firends of Red Rock Canyon Open Space on Wednesday, July 31st, starting at 5:30pm.  Light refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP, as space is limited, via the Friends of Red Rock Canyon:

Mile High Youth Corps is hiring for Fall Forestry Trail Crews and Saw Crews. The Fall Forestry Program (FOS) is an intensive, team-based, 12 week long program, August – November. The Corps members serve on conservation and environmental stewardship projects throughout the Southern Front Range area.

Volunteer Events this week:
Wednesday, July 19
Ute Valley Park
Thursday, July 20
Seven Bridges Trail
Saturday, July 22
Barr Trail

Volunteer for the Colorado Classic!
From August 10 to 13, starting in Colorado Springs, Olympic City USA, a world-class and international field of professional, male cyclists will race more than 300 miles in multiple, fan-friendly circuits with each stage starting and finishing in the same location.
The Colorado Classic will also feature two days of professional women’s cycling, beginning in Colorado Springs on August 10 and concluding the following night with a women’s-only event under the lights in Denver.
Volunteers are needed for Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in various positions on race day and in some cases, before race day.

Find out more and sign up to volunteer here.

Save the Dates

Please help create the Master Plan for North Cheyenne Cañon by attending these community workshops:
  • Tuesday, Sept 19
  • ThursdayOct 17
  • Wednesday, Dec 13
  • ThursdayJan 25
All workshops will begin at 6pm at Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road.

Watch for more info soon on the City’s website.

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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