News Feb 9, 2018

Banning Lewis Ranch–open space opportunity.
Ebike rules for parks and trails.
Exciting news for the Dixon Trail!
Crew Leader Training Registration Open.
Bighorn Sheep Day at Garden of the Gods Feb 10.
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FEBRUARY 9, 2018


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Banning Lewis Ranch–parks and open space on the line.


City Council is looking at revising the old annexation agreement for Banning Lewis Ranch to make it more affordable for developers to create neighborhoods.
The Trails and Open Space Coalition is encouraging the city to make a deal for the conservation of up to 5,000 acres called out in the Parks Master Plan before they agree to the revision.
We also believe that any agreement should include a provision requiring developers to build and maintain parks in those neighborhoods.


Ebike rules for trails and parks.


Ebikes are a fast-growing trend in cycling.
Colorado Springs has just released its new rules for ebikes on trails and in parks. Colorado Springs allows Class 1 ebikes to operate on Urban Trails.
Read our blog article for a list of trails where ebikes are allowed, and information about where they are not permitted.


Big step toward completion of the Dixon Trail!


Great news! The TOPS Working Committee and the Parks Board have approved the use of TOPS Trails dollars in partial payment for a trail easement that will allow the completion of the Dixon Trail to the top of Cheyenne Mountain.


Crew Leader Training Registration now open.
Session run May 4 – 6, 2018.


2018 Crew Leader Training
May 4 – 6, 2018
Bear Creek Nature Center
Cost: $25, includes food.
We need more help on the trails!
If you want to work on trails and lead projects this may be the training for you. Space is limited so apply early. Applicants must have trails work experience, agree to a background check (no cost) and participate in two post-training work days.
Crew Leader Training is hosted by the Trails and Open Space Coalition, RMFI, Friends of the Peak and the City of Colorado Springs.


Cheyenne Cañon Master Plan meeting 
Tues, March 6–Draft Master Plan review

N Cheyenne Cañon Master Plan Workshop
Tuesday, March 6, 6 pm
Cheyenne Mtn HS 
The City will present the draft Master Plan created from public input at the previous three meetings.




Bighorn Sheep Day Feb 10 at Garden of the Gods
13th Annual Bighorn Sheep Day
Saturday, February 10th, 10:00 – 3:00
Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center
Free Family Fun
Wildlife viewing stations with shuttle bus access
Nature Walks, Nature Presentations, Live Animals, Youth Crafts, Games, Costume Characters such as Smokey the Bear, and lots more!
10:30 am         An Active Bighorn Survival Game for Youth 6+ and Adults.
11:45 am         Bighorn Sheep of the Pikes Peak Region
1:00 pm           Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo Presents “Animal Jobs” with live animals
2:15 pm           Rampart Range Bighorns (our local heard)


Passport to Valpolicella Wine Pairing Dinner, a benefit for 
Friends of Cheyenne Mtn State Park
Tuesday, Feb 13, 6 pm
Pizzeria Rustica
Enjoy fantastic, elegant food paired with classic Italian wines at one of our premier eating establishments.
$79 per person + tax & service
RSVP required
Coaltrain Wine & Spirits, 719-475-9700


Mountain Equipment Recyclers
Winter Party and Sale
Sat, Feb 17, 10 am to 6 pm
  • Live music
  • Free lunch
  • Prizes and giveaways
  • Great discounts on winter gear
  • Take your gently used outdoor gear in and tell them it’s for the Trails and Open Space Coalition–MER donates part of the proceeds!


Wilderness First Aid Training
Feb 23 and Feb 24
2-day program,16 hours of training.
Know what to do if someone is injured in the backcountry.
(CPR certification is also available.)
$125.00 per person for First Aid Only.
$140.00 per person for the Wilderness First Aid and Adult CPR. More info.
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