News Dec 20, 2017

What we can learn from the Big Blue Frame
Riding the Sand Creek Trail with Yolanda Avila
Cerberus Brewing Happy Hour Dec 26
Win two passes for rafting next season with Echo Canyon River Expeditions!


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Lessons learned (we hope!) from the Big Blue Frame

If you’ve been out of town and missed the story of the Big Blue Frame, read our blog post here.

The Trails and Open Space Coalition is encouraging the City to follow well-developed processes for changes in our parks, including Parks Advisory Boards, Friends Groups, the public, and Master Plans. Rather than continue to complain about how the sign got there, let’s focus on how we can participate in an inclusive and transparent decision-making process.

We describe one instance where the process was followed, with good results, and contrast it to the Big Blue Frame, in our article “A Tale of Two Signs.”


Fun, free upcoming events and promotions, with Give.


Limited Time only–enter to win a rafting trip with Echo Canyon!

Now through December 31, donate any amount ($10 min) to the Trails and Open Space Coalition through IndyGive and use your special code to get entered in a drawing for two half-day rafting passes with Echo Canyon River Expeditions!
Here’s how to get entered:
  • Donate to the Trails and Open Space Coalition at
  • At checkout, at the bottom left, click the button beside “This is an honorary gift.”
  • In the box that opens labeled “My gift is in honor of,” type the code: Echo.
  • That’s it, you’re entered!
  • Drawing will be in January. Passes are good through August 18th, 2018.

Tuesday, December 26, 4 – 7 pm
Cerberus Brewing, 702 W Colorado Ave
Benefit happy hour at Cerberus! Get out of the house and join us for a relaxing time, great beer and food. Cerberus will donate $1 to the Trails and Open Space Coalition for every pint poured.
It’s just the excuse you needed to get out of watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” for the 88th time–“Sorry, gotta go, it’s for charity!”

Facebook event


Give! Black Lager, available at the Bristol Pub and area Old Chicago Restaurants.
For every pint of Give! Black Lager you enjoy, Bristol will give $3 directly to the Give! nonprofit of your choosing–and we hope you will choose the Trails and Open Space Coalition! Just make your selection on the ballot you get with your pint.
Help us conserve open space and parks, get great swag, and have some fun–join us!


Riding the Sand Creek Trail with Yolanda Avila

Riding the Sand Creek Trail with Yolanda Avila

Allen Beauchamp, our Bicycle Initiatives Coordinator, rode the Sand Creek Trail with Councilperson Yolanda Avila, showcasing the parks, trails, YMCA–and the challenges of riding in her district in the SE part of our city. Allen is working on a project to improve connections and encourage biking in that part of town, thanks to a grant from the Colorado Springs Health Foundation.

Watch to the end–only 37 secs–there’s a celebrity appearance!


Friends and Partner News


Save the Dates

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.
Approximately 90 people attended the second North Cheyenne Cañon Park Master Plan community workshop on Oct. 17. Project team members first presented their site assessment of the Park, followed by participants working in small groups to identify the problems and opportunities they see in the Park. Groups also discussed and indicated their preferences for six traffic management/reduction ideas.

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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