News Nov 8, 2017

Stormwater, infrastructure measures pass–how it will translate to parks.
Incline to open Dec 1
Give Campaign starts Nov 1
Ring the Peak Forum Nov 18 in Cripple Creek
Volunteer projects and events.
Trails and Open Space Coalition celebrates 30 years.

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2A and 1A pass–parks and trails big winners.
Your vote counts button

Thanks to all of our members and partners who voted yes for 2A and 1A!
2A, the City’s Stormwater initiative, will protect and improve our trail system, and provide additional public support for parks maintenance and projects.
1A, the El Paso County TABOR refund, will provide 2.5 million dollars for flood-damaged trails and underfunded parks projects. And because it adjusts the TABOR cap, it will mean additional dollars for future parks capital projects.

Indy Give! campaign is live!

2017 has been a huge year for us, with major projects around Ring the Peak, the Legacy Loop, and El Paso County Parks. We’ve got exciting new projects coming up around parks, trails, and open spaces. But we need your help to make it happen!
From Nov 1st to Dec 31st, our donation page will be open for business at the Indy Give! site at Our goal is $50,000. We already have matching grants of $10,695, so your dollars go farther!  Donate now!
We have free, fun events scheduled from now until the end of the year. November events:

Nov 16th and 30th (Thurs), 5-8 pm

Thirsty Thursdays at Trails End Tap Room

Help us conserve open space and parks, get great swag, and have some fun–join us!

Midland Trail closure at Beckers Lane.

As part of the Colorado Avenue Reconstruction and replacement of the Adams Crossing bridge, the stretch of Midland Trail between Columbia Road and Beckers Lane will be closed for several months while creek and bridge work are completed. The closure will allow for the demolition of the existing trail to make room for the road and trail improvements associated with the Westside Avenue Action Plan along Colorado Ave. Visit for project information and to sign up for weekly updates.

Tentative Incline Opening Date–Dec 1!

You’ve been asking, and we got the word on Nov 1 at the TOPS Working Committee that, if there aren’t any major weather issues between now and then, December 1 is the day!

We’ll be following up and reporting on the date as it approaches. Watch this space, or check the closures page on our website,

Envision Ring the Peak Public Forum Nov 18

Envision Ring the Peak Forum
Sat, Nov 18, 1 – 4 pm
The Heritage Center
The public is invited to Envision Ring the Peak: Gateway to the Outdoors
The forum, sponsored by the Trails and Open Space Coalition, Friends of the Peak, and Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance, provides an opportunity for community members, property owners, public officials and all interested individuals to learn more about economic development opportunities associated with outdoor recreation in the Pikes Peak Region and provide input on the Ring the Peak Trail Master Plan.

Outdoor Sports & Rec Expo Nov 30
Thurs, Nov 30, 5 – 8 pm
Ivywild School Gym
We’re excited to participate once again in the COS Outdoor Rec Expo! Everything to do with outdoor recreation–clubs, nonprofits, retail, manufacturers, events, rehab, cross training, and more–on display for your entertainment, education, and shopping pleasure. Join us for a fun time in the gym!
Being in Ivywild School gives people the chance to order drinks in the gym or The Principal’s Office as well as food. Plus when you’re done at the show, swing by Bristol Brewing Company or Axe and the Oak Whiskey House to snag a growler of beer or bottle of whiskey to go, or just stick around and get social with others passionate about outdoor based recreation. This is more than a simple expo, it’s a community.

Volunteer Events:
Sun, Nov 12
8:30 am Garden of the Gods

Save the Dates

Friends and Partner News

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

Garden of the Gods Public Open House Oct 24

Public Open House
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, 5 to 7 p.m.(presentation 5:30 p.m.)
Garden of the Gods Trading Post
To help meet the demands of an increase in visitors to Garden of the Gods Park, the City of Colorado Springs Parks Department is creating a plan that will build new restrooms and/or renovate existing facilities within the Park. Citizens are invited to provide input during an Open House and through an online survey (link below).
The Garden of the Gods Park was recently listed as the top ranked park in the country and second ranked park in the world by TripAdvisor. Nearly four million people are expected to visit the park in 2017. 

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.

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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