News August 9, 2017

Trails and Open Space Coalition awarded “Spirit of the Springs”
Fountain Creek Crowdfunding effort
Take a 2-min survey about Red Rock Canyon
Sign up now for the American Discovery Trail Races!
Music in the Parks–multiple concerts–check the schedules
Volunteer projects–special weekend events.
Trails and Open Space Coalition celebrates 30 years.

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Trails and Open Space Coalition honored with a “Spirit of the Springs” Award at TOPS 20th Anniversary Party
Board and staff of the Trails and Open Space Coalition presented with the “Spirit of the Springs” award by Mayor John Suthers.

Board and staff of the Trails and Open Space Coalition were surprised and honored by a “Spirit of the Springs” award July 26th at the 20th Anniversary celebration for the TOPS program.
“Spirit of the Springs Awards are presented to individuals or organizations who have significantly and positively impacted our community. The Trails and Open Space Coalition has provided significant advocacy support for our parks system, which creates incredible benefits to our residents in terms of quality of life and economic impact.” Karen Palus, Director, Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department.


Donate NOW to help “Fund Your Park”! 

The Fountain Creek Nature Center needs your help to install an interactive exhibit in 2017 entitled “Fountain Creek is the Pathway of History.” The exhibit project won a national competition to be on the crowdfunding site for the National Recreation and Park Association.
Only 16 days left to help out!

More information and donation link.

Take a 2-minute survey about Red Rock Canyon Open Space

The City is looking for your input on access, parking, and the possibility of putting a pedestrian overpass over Highway 24 at Ridge Road. Answer the questions by referring to your last visit to Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
The survey is open until Sunday, August 13th at 11:59 pm.
Take the survey.

2017 Summer Member Adventures Schedule!
South Slope hike

Join us for our Member Adventures this summer! 
  • 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.

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

Summer Concerts in El Paso County Parks, Wednesdays at 6 pm
Bear Creek Regional Park: August 23 and 30.

Monument Valley Park Cleanup
Saturday, August 12, 9 am
Join the Friends of Monument Valley Park on Saturday, August 12th, at 9:00 am to help clean-up the park near the Boulder Crescent, Boulder Street and St. Vrain Street Entrances.
Meet at Monument Valley Park’s Formal Gardens, 22 Westview Place.
This clean-up will be a concentrated effort lasting approximately 1 ½ hours.

Volunteer Events this week:
Saturday, August 12
8 am Barr Trail–Friends of the Peak
Sunday, August 13

Special overnight volunteer opportunities:
  • August 19-20 Devil’s Playground Weekend (see below)
  • September 29-October 1 Bear Creek Watershed Weekend
Supported by the National Forest Foundation’s statewide “Find Your Fourteener” campaign, spend a fun volunteer weekend making several critical improvements to the Devil’s Playground Trail on America’s Mountain. Group camp kitchen, all meals, and camp beverages provided by RMFI and the Colorado Mountain Club!
More info and registration here.

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 cyclists will race through the front range, starting Aug 10 in Colorado Springs.
Volunteers are needed for Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in various positions on race day and in some cases, before race day. As a thank you, The Sports Corp is offering Stage 1 volunteers free tickets to the August 18 Switchbacks FC home game. 
To get tickets, email a copy of you volunteer confirmation, and number of tickets (up to 2) to by Friday, August 11.

Find out more and sign up to volunteer here.

Save the Dates

Wednesday, August 23 
Renew North Nevada Master Plan
Tap Traders, 3104 N Nevada Ave, Unit 100
6 pm to 7:30 pm

There will be a brief presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. People are encouraged to drop by any time before or after the presentation to view displays and visit with project team members.
More info here.

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

More info here and take a short survey.

Help the Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park fund the completion of the Dixon Trail to the top of Cheyenne Mountain, and run a challenging race with gorgeous views!
The 2017 race distance will be at least 10 miles and will increase each year as the trail to the top of Cheyenne Mountain is completed.  When the trail is completed, this race will provide runners with a new challenging trail race that will be 12-13 miles long with about 3,000 feet of elevation gain and loss.
More info and registration.

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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