News Nov 15, 2017

Hike or bike with us on Black Friday #optoutside
Indy Give!
Ring the Peak Forum Nov 18 in Cripple Creek
Outdoor Sports Expo Nov 30
Bear Creek by Candlelight Dec 1
Global Fat Bike Day Dec 2
Volunteer projects and events.
Trails and Open Space Coalition celebrates 30 years.


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#OptOutside with us Nov 24!

Friday, November 24
Bike ride: 11 am – 2 pm
Hike: 1 pm – 2 pm
Starts and ends at the Sustainacenter, 702 E Boulder
For the past several years, REI stores have closed on Black Friday, (which this year is November 24th), and encouraged their staff and members to get outside and enjoy nature, exercise and generally “opt outside”. The staff and volunteers at Trail and Open Space could not agree more!
In the spirit of REI’s #optoutside campaign, we’re sponsoring a bike ride and a hike on our urban trails. Bike Colorado Springs, a program of TOSC, will lead a leisurely ride/tour around the Legacy Loop in downtown Colorado Springs, and Trails and Open Space Coalition staff will lead a social hike along a scenic and historic portion of the Shooks Run Trail (the eastern leg of the Legacy Loop).


Indy Give! campaign is live!

2017 has been a huge year for us, with major projects involving 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

Dec 7 Bikes and Brews at Old Town Bike Shop
Free beer, snacks and prizes. Enjoy socializing with the five nonprofit partners. Entertainment by Millibo Art Theater.
Thursday, December 7, 6-8:30 pm.
Old Town Bike Shop, 426 S. Tejon.
Help us conserve open space and parks, get great swag, and have some fun–join us!


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.


Friends and Partner News


Preview the Draft Bike Master Plan and give input!

The city is in the process of updating the bike master plan. The plan is a road map to develop our bike infrastructure from where it is right now to where we want it to be. The plan includes specific recommendations and priorities.
You can see the City’s draft Master plan at this link.

You can give feedback on the Bike Master Plan through December 10th. Go to the Master Plan page at this link.

The City will be hosting several public meetings where the Bike Plan will be discussed before final presentation to City Council for approval in early 2018.


Get Happy at the Hogan Wed, Nov 15
with Friends of Monument Valley Park

Wednesday, Nov. 15th, 5:00–7:00 PM
Johnny’s Navajo Hogan

Come out to the Navajo Hogan to support our historic park!

  • Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks at Happy Hour prices.
  • Get the latest preservation updates.
  • Give and sign up to win fun prizes!
  • Johnny’s Navajo Hogan will also donate a percentage of your food purchases to Friends of Monument Valley Park.


Garden of the Gods Public Open House Nov 30

Final Public Open House
Thurs, Nov 305 to 7 p.m.(presentation 5:30 p.m.)
Garden of the Gods Trading Post
324 Beckers Lane, Manitou 
The City of Colorado Springs and RTA Architects are seeking input from the public on the Master Plan for Garden of the Gods Restroom Improvements. Citizens and interested parties are invited to attend the final public meeting to provide feedback. You can also take 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. 


Save the Dates


Bear Creek by Candlelight Dec 1

Friday, December 1, 5-8 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
$5 per person
  • Candlelit nature trails
  • Photos with Santa
  • Live music
  • Live animals
  • Crafts
  • Hot cocoa
  • Warm Chili
Call 719-520-6387 for more information.


Global Fat Bike Day Dec 2
Sat, Dec 2, 10 am – 1 pm
Sand Creek & Platte Ave
Try out a fat bike or bring your own. Preview a stormwater project that will incorporate multi-use trails! To request a bike demo, email **You must bring your own helmet in order to ride.

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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