News Sept 7, 2017

Fountain Creek Regional Trail Closure near Al Kaly Mule Trail Farm–no detour.
Stormwater on the November ballot.
Ring the Peak Adventure Team hike Sept 8.
New member campaign launched Sept 1
Volunteer projects–special weekend events.
Trails and Open Space Coalition celebrates 30 years.


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Trail Closure–Fountain Creek Regional Trail, Sept 15
The Fountain Creek Regional Trail will be closed for approximately two months at the Fort Carson railroad spur, near the Al Kaly Mule Train Farm.
Read more.


Stormwater fee on the ballot in November.


This November, Colorado Springs voters will be asked to allow city council to reinstate the stormwater fee. The TOSC Board of Directors has voted to support this proposal because it aligns with our mission of preserving parks and open space, and creating a network of trails and bikeways in our region.
The fee addresses a critical need in our community that will benefit our parks, trails, and waterways. It supports drainage and flood control projects outlined in the inter-governmental agreement (IGA) with Pueblo.


Ring the Peak Adventure Team Hike Friday, Sept 8


View from Red Mountain
Friday, Sept 8, 6:30 am
We will gather at Iron Springs Chateau Dinner Theater (they’ve offered us parking!)444 Ruxton Ave. We’ll be hiking the Intemann Trail heading East in the direction of Iron Mountain Trail, and will turn around at Pawnee. Intemann is part of the Ring the Peak trail. Our goal is to get hikers, cyclists and equestrians better acquainted with portions of the trail that exist, expose them to new segments, and get them excited about completing the Ring.




Join us–New Member Campaign Sept 1 – 30

We’ve launched our new member campaign, with videos and slideshows, prize drawings, our 30th Anniversary Party–all for our Members! If you haven’t donated, September is the perfect time to do it. If your friends aren’t members, tell them now is the time! Watch for more information on the campaign here, on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


Sat, Sept 30–Ring the Peak Member Adventure

Join us for our final Member Adventure this summer–space is filling up!
  • Sept 30–Ring the Peak Member AdventureSaturday, September 30th, 8 am, 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!
This is a Members-only event. 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.

Trails and Open Space Coalition 
30th Anniversary Member Party!
Wednesday, September 136-8 pm
Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort
Come out to the Buff to celebrate 30 years of the Trails and Open Space Coalition! Because it’s our anniversary, we’re doing it up a little bigger than usual, to thank YOU, our members, for all your support over the decades. Enjoy food and drink, music and fun. We’ll have partners there from Parks and other organizations to give you updates on what’s coming next, trail closures, new projects, and more.
Free to Members, but you must register:


Friends and Partner News


Congratulations to the Cheyenne Meadows Puppy Park Pals!
The Puppy Park Pals is a group of local residents celebrating the recent award of a $10,000 grant from Pet Safe’s Bark for Your Park program. The local group formed three years ago through a grassroots effort to enhance the dog park at Cheyenne Meadows Park.

Read More.


Duckwood Community Gardens meeting Sept 7


Pikes Peak Urban Gardens presents 
Duckwood Community Gardens
Fountain Creek Nature Center
320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain
Thursday, September 7th, 6 pm.
Join us if you are interested in joining a community garden at Fountain Creek Regional Park. Attendees will learn about the plans to build the Duckwood Gardens at Fountain Creek Regional Park.

Third in a series of public meetings for the Strawberry Hill Master Plan
Date:   Tuesday, September 12 
Time:   5 to 7 p.m. 
Location:  Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road.
Focus of the Meeting:  Public input to help define the multi-purpose sustainable trail system.


Ute Valley Park Bioblitz Sept 15


Fri. Sept 15th, 2017, 3:30pm to Sat. Sept 16th, 2017, 1:30pm
Ute Valley Park – All events will begin at the new parking lot off of Rockrimmon

A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Groups of scientists, naturalists and volunteers conduct a field study over a continuous time period. You can sign up for one or many activities, but space is limited.
Hikes, workshops, talks and exploring make this a great opportunity for the public to learn more about water, flowers, moths, bats, birds, archaeology, and more!


4th Annual Creek Week cleanup Sept 30 – Oct 8

Take action during Creek week by volunteering for cleanup duty and litter patrol along a creek, trail, park or open space throughout the Fountain Creek Watershed. Get together with your family, club, school or neighborhood and form a Creek Crew, or join an existing cleanup as an individual. Get outside, get active and make a difference for your community and your waterways!
More information and signups here.

Colorado Bicycle Summit
Monday, October 2, 2017
The Curtis Hotel | Denver
This event is dedicated to educate and empower attendees, identify common bicycling trends and solutions in our communities and set priorities to improve the future of bicycling in Colorado. This year’s theme, Expanding and Exploring, will guide discussions aimed at empowering bicyclists across the state of Colorado. Be a part of making bicycling accessible for everyone, everywhere!More info and registration.


Volunteer Events:
Saturday, Sept 9
8 am Palmer Park
8 am Devil’s Playground
8:30 am Garden of the Gods
9 am Monument Valley Park
Sunday, Sept 10
Special overnight volunteer opportunity:
  • September 29-October 1 Bear Creek Watershed Weekend


Save the Dates

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.


Bear Creek Regional Park Celebration
FREE event Thurs Sept  28th6 – 8 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center

Did you know there are FOUR friends groups dedicated to making Bear Creek Park the best it can be? Come and meet the people making it happen, and enjoy pizza, music and beer, at the Bear Creek Nature Center. Find out what’s new in the park, upcoming projects and ways to get involved.


Waldo Waldo Saturday, October 21
Thousands of Waldos and Wendas will take to the streets in downtown Colorado Springs, Saturday – October 21, 2017. Waldo Waldo is the region’s most popular untimed 5K walk and fun run. Local exhibitors, music, and food trucks all added to the fun. Best of all, registered participants receive a Where’s Waldo costume kit. Money raised benefits local nonprofits that support community priorities like Waldo Canyon restoration and trail maintenance.
More information and registration at this link.
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.


Pikes Peak Forest Health Symposium

Friday, October 20.  
10a-4p, at the Penrose House Garden Pavilion.
The Pikes Peak Heritage Series is presenting the Pikes Peak Forest Health Symposium October 20, with panels on: Pikes Peak Fire History, Case Studies, Possible Solutions, and a Discussion on Next Steps.

More details on our blog.


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.
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