El Paso County Parks will spend more than $360,000 to improve Widefield Community Park, located in Security-Widefield, southeast of Colorado Springs.
The El Paso County Parks Department recently announced that they have been awarded two grants–a $150,000 Community Development Block Grant and a $110,000 Colorado Springs Health Foundation grant–which will enable the addition of a new playground, benches, pickleball courts, and new trails. Many more improvements are on the way in the summer and fall of 2018.
The Colorado Springs Fire Department wants the public to know that they are aware of the many warming fires currently being lit throughout the City of Colorado Springs, often by the homeless population. These fires are usually classified as “recreational.” It is important for citizens to be able to recognize the difference between a controlled recreational fire and a hostile fire. While recreational fires are allowed in the City of Colorado Springs, there are specific guidelines which must be followed to lower the risk of a recreational fire becoming hostile, requiring fire and police involvement.
Read more on our blog, including guidelines for regular outdoor burning, what’s the difference between a recreational fire and a hostile fire, rules for burn restrictions and burn bans.
GOG Restroom Update
The Garden of the Gods Facility Improvement Plan was approved by Parks Board on Dec 14. The two new restroom areas: parking lot 7 (in the central garden) and south garden parking lot 10.
Explore the trails at Fox Run Regional Park to discover winter happenings such as tracks and other wildlife signs. Who lives here in the winter and how do they survive? Prepaid registration required. $3 per member, $4 per nonmember. All ages welcome. Register here.
Active Adult Series: Full Moon Hike
January 31, 6:00 PM
Celebrate the full moon as we walk along the trails of Bear Creek Nature Center, enjoying the sights and sounds of moonlit trails. Be prepared for cold and possibly snowy or icy conditions. Preregistration required. $3/member, $4/guest. Adults only.
To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who asked, “What are you doing for others?” we invite 10-20 people to help staff remove invasive elm trees from the nature center trails, then join around a campfire for s’mores! Must be able to use a handsaw. Free. Preregistration required.
Join Guardians of Palmer Park this coming Saturday morning to pick up trash and dog
waste in the park. (Trail maintenance will have to wait for until warmer weather.) Gather in the parking area near the Maizeland entrance of the park around 9 a.m. Please come prepared with work gloves and water.
A big THANK YOU!
Thank you for your support during the Give! campaign.
75 fine non-profits participated this year, and raised a total of $1.5 million for critical projects across our region.
TOSC came in #4 in donations and #3 in number of donors. We could not have done so well without you!
Those dollars will support our efforts in 2018 to improve trail connectivity, increase volunteerism in our parks and open spaces, and make our region more bicycle friendly for cyclists of all ages and abilities.
Your belief in us keeps us energized and focused. Again, thank you!
(And don’t forget to use those rewards before the deadline!)