News October 27, 2017

Trails open at I-25 and Cimarron
COS signs on to 10-Minute Walk campaign
Full Moon Hike Nov 4 in Garden of the Gods.
“Ghouls and Stools” Bear Creek Dog Park Cleanup Oct 28
Bear Run Nov 4 in Bear Creek Park.
Volunteer projects and events.
Trails and Open Space Coalition celebrates 30 years.


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Trails open at I-25 and Cimarron 
Photos courtesy of 
Bachman PR; and 
Bike Colorado Springs, a program of the Trails and Open Space Coalition.

Trails and Open space Coalition attended the official opening and ribbon cutting for the trails around I-25 and Cimarron on October 26, after nearly three years of planning, design and construction. Pedestrians and cyclists can enjoy the beautiful new connections around I-25 and the Midland Trail, with more views of the creek and complete ADA compliance.

More on our blog.

Colorado Springs signs on to 10-Minute Walk campaign

Mayor Suthers is one of 134 mayors supporting the 10-Minute Walk Campaign! Everyone deserves a quality park within a 10-minute walk of home.

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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.

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.

“Ghouls and Stools” Bear Creek Dog Park Oct 28
Bear Creek Dog Park Clean Up
Saturday, October 28th, 9 am – noon
Bear Creek Dog Park, 1704 South 21st Street, 80905There will be a Golden Stools Treasure Hunt and Costume Contest! Please bring your favorite pooper scooper. Plastic gloves, buckets and bags will be provided. For any questions, contact Dana Nordstrom at 520-6983.
Volunteer Events:
Sat, Oct 28
7:45 am Barr Trail
9 am Ghouls and Stools
Sunday Oct 29
8:30 am Garden of the Gods–Youth Day
Save the Dates
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!
Friends of Homestead Ranch Regional Park Nov 8

Wednesday, November 8, at 6 p.m.
JAKs Brewing Company
Bring a Friend! Meet the Friends Group and hear about what’s new in the park, upcoming projects and volunteer opportunities. For more information contact Dana Nordstrom at 719-520-6983 or
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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