News October 18, 2017

Waldo Waldo Oct 21–walk/run, or volunteer!
Incline Update–halfway finished with restoration project #3.
Shooks Run Cleanup Oct 21.
Full Moon Hike Nov 4 in Garden of the Gods.
Bear Run Nov 4 in Bear Creek Park.
Volunteer projects and events.
Trails and Open Space Coalition celebrates 30 years.

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Join us at the Waldo Waldo Saturday, Oct 21
Want to help heal Waldo Canyon?
The Waldo Waldo 5K benefits the Trails and Open Space Coalition and the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, two nonprofits that are supporting a public process to determine the future of Waldo Canyon.
Volunteer info. Take a few hours in the morning and help out at the Waldo Waldo!
  • Saturday, October 21, 9 am.
  • Registered participants receive a Where’s Waldo costume kit.
  • Local exhibitors, music, and food trucks.
  • Benefits local nonprofits, including the Trails and Open Space Coalition.

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.

Waldo Canyon update–rough going in the burn area.
Waldo Canyon is open, but it’s no longer a walk in the park. Access off of Rampart Range Road is steep and hazardous, with many fallen trees and few if any trails left. If you plan to go there, know that conditions are very rough, suitable for experienced back country hikers. More on our blog.
Hiking Bob reports on conditions, and his hiking experience in the canyon. Read his story here.
The Forest Service has revised its closure order for Waldo Canyon and will now allow public access to the area. While the public will be allowed to access Waldo, the Waldo Canyon Trail (NFST 640) and Waldo Canyon Trailhead on Highway 24 will remained closed for public safety.

Incline Update–halfway there!
Work is continuing on the restoration of the top third of the Incline. The contractor, Timberline Landscaping, indicated that they were about 50% finished as of October 16.

Closure alert–South Shooks Run Trail.
The Shooks Run Trail is closed between Pikes Peak and Costilla for utilities work. A detour is available and is shown on the barrier signs, which we’ve reproduced here. The closure is scheduled to last until October 22.
Read more.

Ballots arriving–these measures benefit parks.

Stormwater fee 2A stops the buck on stormwater.

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.

El Paso County Measure 1A will give much-needed parks funding.
The El Paso County Tabor retention ballot initiative calls for $12 million for roads, $1 million for disaster recovery, and $1.5 million for parks. The initiative readjusts the TABOR cap which will mean an additional $750,000/year for the parks budget beginning in 2019 for 3 years.
The Board of the Trails and Open Space Coalition passed the following resolution: “The Trails and Open Space Coalition supports the County’s TABOR retention initiative because it provides up to $2.5 million for critical county parks and trails projects and it adjusts the TABOR cap. EPC commissioners have committed an additional $750,000 for Parks Capital improvements for 2019, 2020 and 2021 if it should pass. Improved funding for county and city parks has been a primary focus for this organization for the past 10 years. Our mission calls out preservation and trail connectivity. Without adequate funding neither of those values can be achieved.”

Friends and Partner News

Full Moon Hike Nov 4 in Garden of the Gods

Saturday, Nov 4
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center
$5 individual, $10 family
Join the Trails and Open Space Coalition, the Friends of Garden of the Gods and the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center for a magical walk under the (nearly) full moon.

Read more.

 Cheyenne Cañon Halloween Carnival
Saturday, October 21, 2017
4 pm to 7 pm
Starsmore Visitor Center,
Free admission
Family friendly
Best for children ages 2 to 10.

Read more.

Please help create the Master Plan for North Cheyenne Cañon by attending these community workshops:
  • Thursday, Jan 25, 6 pm
  • Tuesday, March 6, 5 pm
All will be held at Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road.

More info here and take a short survey.


Shooks Run Cleanup Oct 21

SaturdayOctober 21
9 am – 1 pm
John “Prairie Dog” O’Byrne Park (Bijou and Corona)
– or-
North Shooks Run Park (706 Franklin St)

Twice a year the Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association sponsors a Shooks Run creek cleanup to rid the area of trash. Mayor Suthers has indicated he will stop by to lend a hand.
Bring sturdy shoes or boots, gloves, hat, and drinking water. Trash bags will be provided. Kids with adult supervision are welcome. Meet your neighbors, enjoy the outdoors and do a good deed. If the weather is bad (rain, snow, cold) check or Facebook for postponement. Rain date will be November 4.

Volunteer Events:
Thurs, Oct 19
8:30 am Dixon Trail
Sat, Oct 21
8:30 am Garden of the Gods
9 am Shooks Run Cleanup
Sunday Oct 22
8:30 am Garden of the Gods

Save the Dates

Pikes Peak Forest Health Symposium

Friday, October 20.  
10 am-  4 pm, 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.

Help the City plan more restrooms for Garden of the Gods.

Tues, Oct 245 -7 pm (presentation 5:30)
Garden of the Gods Trading Post

Visitation of Garden of the Gods Park is anticipated to reach nearly four million in 2017. With the increase in visitors, the existing restroom facilities within the park are inadequate.

Help inform a park Facilities Improvement Plan. Citizens and interested parties are invited to take a survey and attend a public open house to provide feedback.

Bear Creek’s 3K Bear Run
November 4, 10 am.
Bear Creek Regional Park
The bears are out! Join us for Bear Creek’s 3rd Annual Bear Run; a silly, charity fun run and walk for a cause. All new runners receive a bear suit to wear during the run and to keep! Returning runners can dust off their suit and register at a discounted rate.  Register before costumes are gone!  Come early for pre-run festivities!

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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