News Sept 27, 2017

New donor campaign giveaways
Hike and Bike Rides with us this weekend
Bear Creek Park celebration Thurs, Sept 28
Stormwater on the November ballot.
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
Support trails and open spaces; enter to win! It’s the last days of our new donor campaign, and we’re having fun giving away prizes from our friends and supporting businesses–donate now at to qualify for these great gifts:


Donate by midnightWednesday, 9/27 to enter to win this $200 basket from 91.5 KRCC (Includes $100 from the Blue Star!).
Donate by midnight  Friday, 9/29 to enter to win this gift package from Nano 108 Brewing Co–includes, growler and growler fill, crowler can, and tee shirt.
Donate by midnightSaturday, 9/30 to enter to win this basket from Red Leg Brewing–includes pint glasses,  growler & growler fill.

TOSC Events this weekend–

Pedaling to Parks & Historic Places ~~~ Shooks Run
Sat, 9/30, 12 pm
bike ride highlighting the rich history of the Shooks Run Trail corridor, beginning at the Popcycle Bridge. We’ll visit 8 parks on our tour…More info and signup
Ring the Peak Discovery Hike Sat, 9/30, 8 am
Hike a segment of Ring the Peak in the North Slope Recreation Area and loop back to the trailhead through Catamount Ranch Open Space. . .more info and signup
South Slope view fall
Member Adventure–Fall Color Hike Sat, 9/30, 8 am
Local hiking expert and trails blogger Hiking Bob will take us on some of his favorite fall color trails, a portion of the Ring the Peak trail, and give us tips on how to capture the best images….more info and signup

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.

Friends and Partner News
Bear Creek Regional Park Celebration
FREE event Thurs Sept 28th6 – 8 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Road
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 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!
Oct 4 Cleanup with Colorado College and Friends of Monument Valley Park: more info and signups.
There are dozens of events around the watershed: 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:
Saturday, Sept 30
Fountain Creek Week kickoff–see the website for events all week.
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, Oct 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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