Closures on Midland and Greenway trails
5K Poker Ride/Run March 24
Strawberry Hill Master Plan meeting April 3
Banning Lewis meeting re-scheduled to April 11
Crew Leader Training Registration Open.
Open House April 10, Platte Ave over Sand Creek Project
Karma Hour For Red Rock Canyon April 17 at Bristol
Earth Day Cleanups April 21
El Paso County Nature Centers Events
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Trail closures and detours–Midland and PP Greenway

Both the Midland Trail and the Pikes Peak Greenway will affected by improvement projects in March. Impacts could continue through May. See our website for a full-size map of the trails affected.
More info on our website.

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.

Strawberry Hill Master Plan meeting April 3

Time:          6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Date:          Tuesday, April 3, 2017
Location:    Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 West Cheyenne Rd
Parking:      Located in front of the of the building.
Announcing the fifth in a series of public meetings on the Strawberry Hill Master Plan.  The public is invited to an Open House to view and comment on the Master Plan draft document.
All the maps and information presented at the meeting, as well as results of the other three public meetings, are available at the Strawberry Hill Master Plan website.

Banning Lewis Ranch–Meeting re-scheduled, amended agreement

Re-scheduled meeting-Banning Lewis
Wed, April 11, 6-7:30 pm
PP Regional Development Center Hearing Room, 2880 International Cir
The meeting has been rescheduled to “allow sufficient time for members of the interested public to review the proposal.” The updated proposal is expected to be released by close of business Friday, March 30, via the city’s website.

Crew Leader Training Registration now open.
Sessions 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.


Open House April 10, Platte Ave over Sand Creek Project

Tues, April 10, 5:30 – 7:30
Calvary Chapel, 5070 Edison Ave
The public is invited to attend and comment on the new proposed design concept for the Platte Avenue over Sand Creek bridge replacement project.

During the open house, the public will have an opportunity to view displays related to the project focus:
  • Safety
  • Wider bridge for sidewalks
  • Signalized intersection at Space Center Drive
  • Room for future Sand Creek Trail

Project website.

Friends of Red Rock Canyon Karma Night April 17

Join the Friends of Red Rock Canyon at the Bristol Brewery Karma Hour on Tues, April 17th, from 6 – 8 pm. $1 of each pint sold will go to Friends of Red Rock Canyon. Bristol is in Ivywild School at

Earth Day Cleanups April 21

Middle Shooks Run

Spring Cleanup of Shooks Run Creek
Sat, April 21, 9am to 12pm
Celebrate Earth Day by helping clean up our neighborhood creek. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves. We will clean the creek from Uintah Street south to Pikes Peak Avenue. Register and pick up trash bags at one of these locations:
Prairie Dog O’Byrne Park at 505 E Bijou Street (Bijou and Corona Streets)

North Shooks Run Park on Franklin Street just north of Willamette.

Saturday, April 21, 9 am
Over 20 sites. Sign up at the Great American Cleanup Pikes Peak Partners website. Pro tip: sign up EARLY to choose the site you most want to visit, as numbers are limited and some sites tend to fill up.

El Paso County Nature Centers–Spring Events

Chocolate Bunny Egg Hunt
Ftn Creek Nature Center
Saturday, March 31
9 am11 am1 pm
Meet a live rabbit, learn about rabbits via a fun, interactive slideshow, then hunt for eggs as you hike through the woods. Ages 2-10 with adult. Prepaid reservations required. Limit 60 per session. $5 per member child, $6 per nonmember child.
Register by phone at 719-520-6745.
Earth Day Family Stroll at Bear Creek
Saturday, April 21, 
Noon-2:00 p.m.
Join us for a family-friendly hike to enjoy earth’s beauty at Bear Creek. Create a take-home craft using recycled materials. No fee but preregistration is required. Space is limited.


Registration is open for nature camps at Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers!
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Needs Survey–give your input! Deadline 3/23

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.

TOSC named All Star Award Winner

The Trails and Open Space Coalition
has been named a
2017 All Star Award winner
for the 3rd year by Constant Contact.
The annual award recognizes the most successful 10 percent of Constant Contact’s customer base, based on their significant achievements using email to engage their customer base and drive results for their organization during the prior year.
Criteria used to select this year’s All Stars included the following during 2017:
  • Engagement with email campaigns
  • Open, bounce, & click-through rates
  • Use of social sharing features
  • Use of mailing list sign-up tools
  • Use of reporting tools

Thank you to our loyal readers–YOU made it happen!


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