News Sept 20, 2017

New member campaign Instagram selfie contest
Pioneer Park access path
Stormwater on the November ballot.
Public Ring the Peak Hike Sept 30
Park events coming up
Volunteer projects–special weekend events.
Trails and Open Space Coalition celebrates 30 years.


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Join us–New Member Campaign Sept 1 – 30

INSTAGRAM SELFIE CONTEST–Our latest fun event!
  • Take a selfie in a park
  • Post in Instagram
  • Tag with @trailsopenspace and #TOSC
  • You’re entered to win a $500 prize package from REI!
Watch for more information on our new donor campaign here, on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


City Planning Commission to consider Pioneer Access Path
Thursday, Sept 21, 8:30 am
City Council Chambers
The Pioneer Park Access Legacy  (PAL) is a grassroots neighborhood project to purchase a small slice of private property to connect Friendship Lane to Pioneer Park. The path is supported by 75% of the homeowners in the area. This access has been used for over 50 years as a shorter and safer way to get to Holmes Middle School and Coronado High School. This is a unique opportunity to make a neighborhood more connected and livable. Read more here.
The Trails and Open Space Coalition, along with Bike Colorado Springs (a program of TOSC) will be at the Planning Commission meeting in support of the path.
Public attendance is welcome.


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.


Sat, Sept 30–Ring the Peak Discovery Hike

Hike a segment of Ring the Peak in Catamount Ranch Open Space and the North Slope Recreation Area. This is a beautiful hike at the peak of fall color. 

More info and sign up here.

This is a public hike. Our members-only hike the same day is full, so if you wanted to go on a ring the Peak hike but missed out on the signup, this is your chance!

Trails and Open Space Coalition 30th Anniversary Member Party!
We had the best Member Party EVER on Sept 13th–if you were there, and want to see photos, or if you missed it, here’s a link to the blog post and photo gallery:


Friends and Partner News


Fountain Creek Nature Center
Listening Walk Sat, Sept 23
9-10:30 am & 1-2:30 pm

Explore nature, poetry, music and sound on a playful listening walk with UCCS students and faculty.  FREE!
719-520-6745 to register.
Bear Creek Regional Park Celebration
FREE event Thurs Sept 28th6 – 8 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek RoadDid 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 Papa Murphy’s pizza cooked on the spot in their mobile oven, listen to live music and sip Bristol beer, at the Bear Creek Nature Center. Find out about what’s new in the park and with the Friends Groups, upcoming projects and ways to get involved.
Facebook event.


4th Annual Creek Week cleanup Sept 30 – Oct 8
Eight communities. Nine days. 5,000 people. 30 tons of litter.
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.


Star Party at Garden of the Gods Sept 30
FREE special event to celebrate National Astronomy Day!
The Colorado Springs Astronomical Society will bring telescopes to explore the day and night sky. During the day there will be presentations, solar astronomy, activities for kids and crafts. The Star party for night sky viewing will begin after the sun sets. All ages welcome. Weather dependent. Outdoor event held in the parking lot of the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Questions? Email or call (719) 219-0104.
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.




Blodgett Peak
Peregrine Friends need volunteers!
The Friends of Peregrine Parks & Open Spaces and Peregrine Master HOA have decided to adopt three parks in Peregrine: Blodgett Peak O/S, Woodmen Valley O/S and Woodmen Valley Park. They need volunteers for everything from hiking and observing, to trail maintenance, to computer input. Read more here.
Volunteer Events:
Wednesday, Sept 20
5:30 pm Ute Valley Park
Saturday, Sept 23
8 am Devil’s Playground (Pikes Peak)
8:30 am Cheyenne Cañon
8:30 am Palmer Park
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.


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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