The Bike Master Plan envisions a a well-connected and well-maintained network of urban trails, singletrack, and on-street infrastructure that’s safe, convenient, and fun for getting around, getting in shape, or getting away. City Council will review the draft Bike Master Plan at their meeting on April 10. View the draft master plan here.
Open House Tues, April 10, 5:30 p.m. Eastside Calvary Chapel, 5070 Edison Av
Learn about and comment on the proposed design for the bridges that span Platte Ave over Sand Creek, between Wooten Road and Powers Blvd.
Safety as a result of aging structure
Wider bridge for sidewalks
Future Sand Creek Trail
North Cheyenne Cañon Master Plan–the facts.
North Cheyenne Cañon Master Plan.
Get the facts.
There’s been some mis-information about the proposed Cheyenne Cañon Master Plan.
Issues surrounding traffic were particularly controversial at public meetings, and the recommendations were changed based on public input. The resulting plan attempts to balance the needs of the park and conserving the natural assets with the community’s desire for easy access.
Road closures, shuttles, traffic limitations, fees and park passes are NOT part of the current plan. If you read the plan, all of those options are described as possible future needs to secure the health of the park. There is also language calling for a continued public process if ANY of those options were to be re-considered.
You’re invited to Sustain-a-Fest 2018 at the Colorado Springs Center for Sustainability (“The Sustainacenter”). This 2nd Annual event is a community celebration of “Earth Day Every Day” with sustainability exhibits & activities, along with local food trucks, live music, demonstrations, and family friendly activities. Facebook event.
Saturday, April 21, 9:30 am – 3 pm
Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center
Free family fun!
* Free admission to Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and their celebration events.
* Air Force Academy Falconer’s (Live Falcons)
* Chemical Magic Show
* American Indian Dancers
* Live animals and presentations
* Nature and environmental education, touch tables, arts and crafts, demonstrations.
* Star Party! Come back to enjoy the stars! Later in the day (8:30 – 10:00 pm) there will be a Star Party at the same location to view our night sky!
* Parking at Rock Ledge ranch with free shuttle service and free admission to Rock Ledge.
*Volunteer park cleanup–registration begins 8:30 am.
Sunday, April 22, “Motorless Monday” in Garden of the Gods. The park will be closed to all motor vehicles from 5 am to 10 am.
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.
VOLUNTEER PROJECTS–Get outside and make a difference!
Palmer Park cleanup
Sat, April 7, 8 am
The Guardians of Palmer Park invite you to join us this coming Saturday morning to pick up trash and dog waste in the park. If enough volunteers show up, we will do some trail maintenance as well.
We will start gathering in the parking area near the Maizeland entrance of the park around 8 a.m.
Please come prepared with work gloves and water.
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:
North Shooks Run Park on Franklin Street just north of Willamette.
Saturday, April 21, 9 am
Over 20 sites–listed below.
Join hundreds of people from COS, Monument, Fountain and Manitou Springs to clean up trails and parks!
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. Signups at this link.
* 3rd St Trailhead, Monument
* America the Beautiful Park
* Baptist Road, Monument
* Bear Creek Park and Dog Park
* Downtown COS
* Eastridge Dog Park
* Fountain Creek Regional Park
* Goose Gossage Park
* Greenway Trail
* Homestead Ranch
* Las Vegas St
* Legacy Loop Plaza/ Monument Valley Park
* Manitou Springs Memorial Park
* North Cheyenne Cañon Park
Monument Valley Park
Rock Island Trail/Falcon
Rosco’s Coffee House
Save the Dates–large-scale citizen cleanups of our waterways
Fri May 4, 10am-2pm
Greenway Trail /Fountain Creek.
Bear Creek bridge to Tejon St along Fountain Creek.
Trash Mob costume cleanup; theme will be Star Wars-May the 4th Be With You.
America the Beautiful Park to Ridge Rd. near Manitou Springs
Adopt-A-Waterway Groups: Bal Seal Engineering and Pedals-N-Pints
FRIENDS AND PARTNER NEWS
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 1604 S. Cascade Ave.
Plots are available for the Charmaine Nymann Community Garden at Bear Creek Gardens. Opening day for the 2018 growing season is Saturday, April 21st. Anyone interested in obtaining a plot should call John Poyzer (719) 576-2664 or Karen Stith (719) 634-4433 as soon as possible.
El Paso County Spring Events
Friends of Homestead Ranch Regional Park Social Hour