News Feb 28, 2018

GOCO extension.
Bike share meeting Feb 28
Cheyenne Cañon Master Plan March 6.
Strawberry Hill Master Plan March 7.
Luis Benitez at CC March 5.
PPACG Needs Survey open until March 23.
Exciting news for the Dixon Trail!
Crew Leader Training Registration Open.
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FEBRUARY 28, 2018

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Help us extend GOCO–money for parks and trails from the Colorado Lottery
Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces.
Keep It Colorado is a coalition working to get the Colorado Lottery reauthorized by the Legislature in 2018 and allow GOCO to continue its tradition of preserving Colorado’s amazing outdoors.  Proceeds from Colorado’s Lottery support outdoor recreation and land conservation in all 64 counties in the state.
By signing up , you are joining the Trails and Open Space Coalition and scores of other Conservation groups committed to supporting a sustainable source of funding to protect Colorado’s outdoors and the quality of life that makes this state unique.

Bike Share info session Wed, Feb 28

It’s time to talk Bike Share! Join the conversation in Carnegie Room at PPLD on Feb. 28th, 1 pm.
The Downtown Partnership is in full-fledged planning mode to bring PikeRide, 208 bikes at 26 stations, throughout the Greater Legacy Loop Area in Downtown Colorado Springs.
They will host a series of information sessions February through May. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for additional event listings.

Cheyenne Cañon Master Plan Open House Mar 6

Cheyenne Cañon Master Plan 
Open House
Tues, March 6, 6 – 7:30 pm
Cheyenne Mountain High School
After eight months of active involvement by hundreds of residents, a new draft master and management plan for North Cheyenne Cañon Park will be available for public review and response.
The public is invited to view displays, visit with city staff and consultants about the draft plan, and offer responses to the plan. There will not be a formal presentation at the open house. Beginning on March 7, the draft master and management plan will be available for review on

Strawberry Hill Master Plan meeting March 7
Master Plan Meeting #4
Wed, March 7, 6 – 8 pm
Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Rd
Maps of the property showing existing conditions and trails, as well as displays on other aspects of the plans will be provided during the meeting. Participants will be asked for comments on the recommendations relating to topics addressed in each of the individual plans.

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.

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.


Palmer Park Cleanup Sat, March 3

Palmer Park Work Day
Sat, March 3
9 am
Gather in the parking area near the Maizeland entrance of the park

The Guardians of Palmer Park invite you to join them this coming Saturday morning to pick up trash and dog waste in the park. They may also do some limited, light-duty trail maintenance activities. Gather in the parking area near the Maizeland entrance of the park around 9 a.m.
Please come prepared with work gloves and water.


Luis Benitez to speak at Colorado College March 5

Monday, March 5th at 7pm
Gaylord Hall, Worner Student Center 
Colorado College’s campus
The State of the Rockies Project is hosting Luis Benitez, Director of Colorado’s Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry.
He will deliver a presentation titled “Outdoor Recreation Industry – Innovation and Inspiration in Colorado.”
Luis’ talk will focus generally around the work being done through the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry, which may include the Outdoor Retailer show, the trend of businesses engaging in public land advocacy/political activism, and what the future of the industry may hold for Colorado.

More info.

Needs Survey–give your input!
Got potholes? Tired of traffic? Missing sidewalks or trail connections?
Please complete PPACG’s Needs Survey to share your thoughts about the most pressing transportation needs in the Pikes Peak region.
Survey responses will be reviewed and summarized in PPACG’s annual needs report and the needs chapter of the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan. Responses will supplement quantitative data about safety, congestion, maintenance, and other documented needs.
The survey will be available through March 23 on the PPACG website.

Save the date–5K Poker ride/run March 24

Sat, March 24
Bear Creek Regional Park
Bikers start: 9:30 am
Runners start: 9:45 am
Horses start: 10:15 am
Hikers start: 10:30 am

 Each participant gets a scorecard to start. There are five checkpoints on the course at which you will draw a card. Turn your hand in at the finish line. This is a family-friendly, non-speed event (leashed dogs are welcome too). Anyone can win!
$15 in advance. $20 day of event. Registration day of event starts at 8:30am.
All funds go toward building the Equestrian Skills Course in Bear Creek Regional Park.
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